Friday, August 28, 2009

FSOTD #7/Trouble (2004)

Please welcome the first contemporary FSOTD: "Trouble" by Ray LaMontagne. Released in 2004, "Trouble" is the title track from the first of his three albums. The song has had something of renaissance in 2009, as the soundtrack for an entertaining Traveler's Insurance TV spot, featuring a dog worried about protecting his bone. If you watched any of golf's final 3 majors (U.S. Open, British Open, PGA), you saw the commercial - many times.

It was tricky when it popped into my half-awake head this morning. It wasn't the trademark raspy Ray voice I was hearing but the opening acoustic guitar riffs. I was mostly sure it was LaMontagne but had a suspicion it could be Natalie Merchant. It wasn't.

From Wiki, I got these small nuggets: Born in 1973, Ray 's a bit older than I thought; he lives in Maine in a farmhouse once owned by Norman Mailer; and "Trouble" has been performed twice on American Idol, more notably by season 5 winner Taylor Hicks.

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