Lewiston’s own Ray LaMontagne kicks off his summer tour in Portland May 27 at the Cumberland County Civic Center. The guitar-slinging troubadour, who channels an optimistic Nick Drake, returns to the live stage with a shiny, new album “Supernova.” His fifth record comes out May 6 and judging from the happy, poppy title track promises to be the feel-good hit of the summer. Recorded in Nashville with help from The Black Keys, Supernova, shares the same name as the Liz Phair 90′s hit, but that’s where the similarities end. His wholesome, raspy voice maintains its integrity through the soaring crescendos.
LaMontagne, who moved to Maine to work in a shoe factory before choosing a life in music, has become a hometown hero. Welcome him (and spring) back with a sold-out show on a warm night. Tickets go on sale Friday at 12 noon. Ticketmaster.