Imagine you’re a successful musician, returning home after being on tour for months. Groggy and wiped, you walk in your bedroom to find your most prized possession destroyed, and the blade of a 12-inch carving knife stuck, standing up, in the middle of your bed. Creepytown, right? For Ray LaMontagne, this was actually a reality, and on Wednesday morning, our friends at Rolling Stone?debuted a sneak from tonight’s episode of VH1 Storytellers wherein the talented singer explains how and why it all happened. After the deeply personal account that was a favorite of ours from the show’s taping, LaMontagne then performs new single “Repo Man,” giving us a taste of what’s to come on tonight’s incredible episode.
In case that’s not enough Ray for you to chew on before this evening’s show, we can now proudly present you with an online-only exclusive from the show, brought to you by the good folks at Bing. A bit less intense, “For The Summer” is the perfect, tender compliment to Wednesday’s “Repo Man”?sneak, whose lyrics perhaps offer a healing solution to the dramatic knife story he discussed. If you’re already a fan, you’ll get it, and if you’re not, it’s compelling enough to turn you into one.
To get the full scoop on Ray’s bedroom fiasco, watch both clips now, and don’t forget to set your DVRs for Storytellers: Ray LaMontagne, premiering tonight at 11 p.m. ET/PT on VH1.
Festival season continues this weekend with Bonnaroo‘s 10th anniversary in Manchester, Tennessee, so we’re here again to help guide the 80,000 wristband holders through the tough choices of the weekend’s lineup. (Don’t have a ticket? You’re in luck! Some of the big-tent performances will be webcast at VEVO.) As always, we recommend checking out at least one band you haven?t heard before; might we recommend country-rocker Hayes Carll, (who plays one set each today and tomorrow)?
Jam-band and bluegrass aficionados have a plethora of options all weekend?perhaps too many tough choices. For the more pop-minded among us, here are five big intersection points to break down for you:
Choices: Grace Potter and the Nocturnals (3:15 p.m., What Stage) and Matt & Kim (3:15 p.m., This Tent)
Decision: Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. Both groups are embarking on summer tours in midsize venues with reasonable ticket prices, but Matt & Kim, though they showed at the OMAs that they can play bigger, do have a certain energy that’s amplified when it’s contained in a club full of kids that are ridiculously hyped up. You Oughta Know artists Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, on the other hand, don’t lose any of their power from midday open-air big-tent staging.
Being different isn?t always a bad thing. In fact, it can sometimes serve to enhance the ordinary, making bland beautiful and transforming simple into sensational. Following in the footsteps of this season?s previous performers My Morning Jacket, Kings of Leon, Cee Lo Green, Death Cab For Cutie, and Maxwell, folk singer/songwriter Ray LaMontagne took his honey-coated vocal chords to the VH1 Storytellers stage last Thursday night at Metropolis Studios in uptown Manhattan, delivering what can only be described as a bizarre-but-compelling performance. As an artist recognized for being deeply, deeply introverted, the very-serious LaMontagne was forced to come out of his shell before our very eyes, and although it admittedly took a minute for him to bust out of his comfort cocoon, the transition was well-worth the wait.
Music lovers, rejoice! We’re bringing back one of our most popular music franchises, VH1 Storytellers, for its fifteenth season. And this time around, you’ll notice that the artists have a decidedly more indie slant than they have in previous years (which, considering Arcade Fire’s surprise triumph at the Grammys this weekend, makes perfect sense). Read all about it in this press release that just went out a few minutes ago…
VH1 ANNOUNCES LINEUP FOR 15TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON OF ICONIC MUSIC SERIES VH1 STORYTELLERS PREMIERING THIS SPRING
Featured Artists Include Kings of Leon, Cee Lo Green, Death Cab For Cutie, Maxwell, My Morning Jacket and Ray LaMontagne
New York, NY, February 16, 2011 – VH1 announced today its lineup for the 15th anniversary season of the renowned music franchise VH1 Storytellers. Featured bands and artists this season will include Cee Lo Green, Death Cab For Cutie, Kings of Leon, Maxwell, My Morning Jacket and Ray LaMontagne. Hailing back to the show – ??s early roots, the new season will aim to provide a truly personal showcase for some of the greatest songwriters of today. The VH1 Storytellers music specials focus on the anecdotes, artistic musings and stories that inspired the artists and their music. These performers aren – ??t afraid to tell all as they expose the most intimate details of their creative process for the audience. Kings of Leon will kick off the new season of VH1 Storytellers beginning this May.