Samantha Harmon
August 04, 2009 AT 04:40 PM EDT

If you’re a fan of Ray LaMontagne, you’ll be happy to hear he has announced fall dates, along with an environmentally friendly campaign. He will be backed by an orchestra for two shows in Maryland and then continue on to perform nine intimate acoustic shows across the states. I was lucky enough to catch him recently in Los Angeles where he performed with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. I’ve seen him in concert several times, but hearing his husky, impassioned, voice over a symphony orchestra was even more satisfying then I’d imagined.

The singer-songwriter has hooked up with Trees for the Future, a global program that empowers rural groups in developing countries to restore tree cover.  And for every pre-sale ticket sold for LaMontagne’s upcoming fall tour, they will plant a tree. Fans will also soon have the chance to vote for where they would like said trees to be planted. You can find out more about Trees for the Future here.

Do you think more musicians should follow his example? And where would you like to see the Ray LaMontagne Forest?

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