Ray LaMontagne doesn’t find interviews an easy part of his job.
He responds to questions after a long pause and a deep sigh. He’s barely audible on the phone, but his personality belies the powerful vocals found live and on his album Part of the Light.
LaMontagne will share the songs on his tour that comes to the Comerica Theatre on Tuesday June 5, but he didn’t want to offer too much.
Part of the Light has nine songs and is “some kind of subconscious reaction to the ugliness of our culture at the moment,” LaMontagne says.
The album was produced and recorded by LaMontagne in his home studio.
“I think for me, in my experience, it’s led to making the process more difficult than it needs to be,” LaMontagne says.
“I know exactly what I want, so this time I felt I just wanted to go directly to the source and not have any filter between me and the music.”
The 44-year-old singer-songwriter began writing songs more than 20 years ago, but doesn’t feel he’s quite “made it,” despite hits like “Trouble” and a Grammy win. His music has also been featured on various television shows, such as One Tree Hill and Bones, thus solidifying a mainstream presence.
Each tour gets bigger, and “it seems like more tickets are sold every couple years when I go out,” he says. “This tour is going to be visually beautiful.”
LaMontagne controls all aspects of his shows, from choosing the crew to designing the set and hiring the band.
“(However) I’m a very private person, so going out there is in some ways the hardest thing for me,” he says.
Ray LaMontagne w/Neko Case, Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington Street, Phoenix, 602.379.2800, comericatheatre.com, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, tickets start at $39.50.