God Willin' & the Creek Don't Rise (Ray LaMontagne album)

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This article is about the Ray LaMontagne album. For the traditional song "God Willin' & the Creek Don't Rise", see If The Good Lord's Willing and The Creek Don't Rise. For the 2010 Spike Lee documentary, see If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don't Rise.
God Willin' & The Creek Don't Rise
Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs, God Willin' and the Creek Don't Rise.jpg
Studio album by Ray LaMontagne
Released August 17, 2010 (US)
Recorded March 15–28, 2010 at:
The Big Room at Apple Hill
Genre Folk, folk rock
Length 44:32
Label RCA/Stone Dwarf/RED (US)
Producer Ray LaMontagne
Ray LaMontagne chronology
Gossip in the Grain
God Willin' & The Creek Don't Rise
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[2]
Spin 7/10 stars[3]
PopMatters 7/10 stars[4]

God Willin' & The Creek Don't Rise[5] is singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne's fourth full-length release, which was released on August 17, 2010.

The record is credited to “Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs”. This is the first time that LaMontagne has released music in collaboration with other artists, within the context of a band.[6]

It is the first album which was completely produced by LaMontagne. The music was recorded in a period of two weeks at LaMontagne's home in Massachusetts.[7]

On December 1, 2010, the album was nominated for two Grammy awards, including Best Contemporary Folk Album, which it won.[8] The song "Beg Steal or Borrow" was nominated for Song of the Year.[9]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Ray LaMontagne.

God Willin' & The Creek Don't Rise
No. Title Length
1. "Repo Man" 6:08
2. "New York City's Killing Me" 4:13
3. "God Willin' & the Creek Don't Rise" 3:10
4. "Beg Steal or Borrow" 4:32
5. "Are We Really Through" 4:59
6. "This Love is Over" 3:30
7. "Old Before Your Time" 4:04
8. "For the Summer" 3:52
9. "Like Rock & Roll and Radio" 6:05
10. "Devil's in the Jukebox" 3:59


Ray LaMontagne collaborated with the following musicians in this album:[10]

  • Ray LaMontagne - Vocals and acoustic guitar on all tracks, harmonica on tracks 8, 9 and 10
  • Jennifer Condos - Bass on all tracks except track 9
  • Jay Bellerose - Drums on all tracks except tracks 5 and 9
  • Eric Heywood - Pedal steel guitar on tracks 2, 3, 4 and 5, acoustic guitar on tracks 6, 7 and 8, electric guitar on tracks 1 and 10
  • Greg Leisz - Electric guitar on tracks 1 and 4, pedal steel guitar on tracks 3 and 6, acoustic guitar on track 5, lap steel guitar on track 8, electric baritone guitar on track 2, banjo on track 7, acoustic resonator steel guitar and mandola on track 10
  • Patrick Warren - Keyboards on track 6
  • Ryan Freeland - Accordion on track 8


  • Ray LaMontagne - Producer
  • Ryan Freeland - Recorder and mixer
  • Michael McDonald - Management
  • Megahn Foley - Art direction and design
  • Mark Seliger - Portrait photography
  • Tobias LaMontagne - Still photography
  • Jay Bellerose - Additional photography
  • Sarah Sousa - Additional photography


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Rolling Stone review
  3. ^ Spin review
  4. ^ PopMatters review
  5. ^ For the 19th-century journalistic origin of the American pseudo-rustic expression, "God willing and the creek don't rise", see Michael Quinion, "WorldWideWords": "God willing and the creek don’t rise"
  6. ^ "Ray LaMontagne". Columbia Records UK. Retrieved 2010-10-26. 
  7. ^ Simpson, Dave (3 September 2010). "Ray Lamontagne and the Pariah Dogs: God Willin' and the Creek Don't Rise". The Guardian. Retrieved on 7 October 2010.
  8. ^ "Lady Antebellum Takes Home Five Grammys; Justin Bieber Gets Beat for Best Newcomer". Fox News. Associated Press. February 14, 2011. Retrieved July 5, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Boyle in Grammy battle with Gaga and Perry". Belfast Telegraph. December 2, 2010. Retrieved July 5, 2011. 
  10. ^ Jurek, Thom. "God Willin' & the Creek Don't Rise > Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved on 7 October 2010.

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