Last night I had the extreme pleasure of seeing Ray LaMontagne and David Gray in concert here in Nashville. My anti-blog* friend Emily took me as a special treat/early birthday present.
I really don't know what to say about the show. It was the best concert I've ever seen. Both performers gave it their all, although Ray is more still overall, and David sort of flails about. Ray did a few songs from his new album (which I will be picking up shortly) along with favorites like Trouble, Jolene, and You Are The Best Thing. David sang literally every song that I know of his, including Babylon, Be Mine, and This Year's Love. It was just epic. He only did a few of his new songs, but they were also stellar.
And the final encore when they both came out and played together? Shut. It. Down.
The show was originally scheduled for The Grand Ole Opry, but after the flooding that happened here earlier this year, they moved the venue to the Bridgestone Arena. They also donated 20% of proceeds to the Nashville Area Habitat for Humanity. That was just one more reason to eat it up.
*Emily says that she would rather have the real thing. I guess she has a point.