I can't remember where I first read about it, but Janet
has corroborated the story with her account
of Ray LaMontagne's performance at the Ryman this past weekend. Apparently, someone in the audience began heckling Mr. LaMontagne (or something to that effect), to which the singer did not take too kindly. From Janet's take on what followed:
LaMontagne stopped in the middle of his song, obviously distracted, and said something along the lines of "someone thinks the blues is funny," indicating a place in the audience fairly close to the stage. He almost chuckled I think, and for a second I thought he would go on with the song, though clearly he was distracted enough to stop in the first place. I believe he repeated that again—"this guy thinks the blues is funny" and strummed a little on his guitar. It's hard to remember exactly how it played out because of the shocker that followed. Then, and this is not a direct quote, but close enough to what he said—LaMontagne once again indicated the same place in the audience, and said, if I remember correctly—"maybe you'd rather be at home drinking beer, waiting for your children to get old enough to rape."
That's one hell of a counter-heckle. Was anyone there who can shed any more light on this, or knows what the heckler was saying?