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.