As airborne travelers jetted through the cloudless summer sky, white contrails draped the sunset and slowly faded to pink, as if ripened by the graceful presence of Sweet Baby James.
Ray LaMontagne is gracing the country with his Supernova Tour.
I slipped into the Gramophone shortly after opener Leif Vollebekk, an acoustic troubadour from Montreal, took to the stage. As the crowd chattered and clinked their glasses, Vollebekk stood alone with a grateful grin on his face, projecting silken, Dylan-esque fingerpicking and vocals toward the Gramophone's bar wall.
I walk into the Gramophone in the Grove neighborhood of St. Louis at around 7:30 p.m. to find the members of Acoustics Anonymous in the middle of sound check.