Songwriting at its best

Grammy-winning artist Ray LaMontagne hits the road this summer in support of his seventh studio album, Part of the Light.

Earthy, honest and beautifully ambitious, LaMontagne weaves in the best qualities of folk, Southern soul and roots rock into his music. His album, God Willin’ & the Creek Don’t Rise, won the 2011 Grammy for Best Folk Album, and the gorgeous “Beg Steal or Borrow” was nominated for Song of the Year.

Five of LaMontagne’s previous albums earned a spot among the top 10 on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums chart and their Top Digital Albums list.

Joining LaMontagne in Bend this May is the one and only Neko Case. Fearless and versatile, Case has won the hearts and souls of many over the years as one of North America’s most creative and refreshingly honest alt-country singer-songwriters, both as a solo artist and as part of the New Pornographers.

Her 2009 album, Middle Cyclone, debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard charts, at the time the highest debut ever on Billboard’s charts for a record from an independent record album.

Case has been nominated for three Grammys, appears regularly on NPR’s Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me and in 2016 formed the case/lang/veirs project with fellow indie rockers k.d. lang and Laura Veirs.

Her first solo album in five years, Hell-On, is set to be released in June.