If you’re looking for something soulful, folksy, and music with serious intelligence {the lyrics are stunning}… listen to Ray LaMontagne {check out the songs “Let It Be Me” and “Sarah” to get started}. ¬†The Ray LaMontagne concert at the Santa Barbara Bowl {an exceptional outdoor amphitheater} rocked all of my expectations… very rarely is a singer more impressive in person than on their album… but LaMontagne’s voice is eerie and earnest and its effect is made more powerful if you are in close proximity. ¬†Perhaps it was the strawberry shortcake martinis or the exhilarating {and crazy} pedicab ride that preceded my concert experience… or maybe it was just LaMontagne’s talent… but this was a night for the books.