Gavin DeGraw gets RAW on new tour
Gavin DeGraw (RCA Records) is a Grammy nominated, multi-platinum singer/songwriter who calls Nashville, Tennessee home. In 2003 DeGraw released his debut album “Chariot” which went on to sell a whopping one million copies and featured the hit singles “I Don’t Wanna Be,” a song you might recognize as the theme song for the hit TV show One Tree Hill. The album also featured the hits “Follow Through” and the album’s title track “Chariot,” DeGraw is no stranger to success. In 2008 his follow up sophomore self-titled album appeared at Number seven on the Billboard top 200 album chart. The album once again featured unforgettable singles like “In Love with a Girl” and “We Belong Together,” which would go on to hit gold status in 2009.
In 2013 DeGraw earned his first Grammy nomination for the song he co-wrote with Colbie Calliat for the movie “Safe Haven.” From then on he would hit the road touring with the likes of legendary act Billy Joel until September 9th, 2016, when Gavin DeGraw released his 5th studio album Something Worth Saving through his long time label RCA Records and is available HERE.
Something Worth Saving features the hit single “She Sets The City On Fire.” The album finds DeGraw experimenting a bit with sound while still staying true to the singers signature “rock soul” vocal style his fans have come to love and respect. The album also features tracks like “You Make My Heart Sing Louder,” a song with a very powerful chorus and R&B feel. DeGraw prides himself on the fact the album has a variety of styles and attributes that to working with producers and songwriters like Gregg Wattenburg (Train, Goo Goo Dolls) and Ricky Reed (Meghan Trainor, Twenty One Pilots) to name a few.
Degraw is currently out on tour supporting the album and I headed out to the Montclair, NJ date of The Raw Tour because, well, who doesn’t want to catch an amazing singer/songwriter in person right? As I arrived to The Wellmont Theater it’s a cool Friday night in October and the first thing to be seen when walking up to the venue is the marquee with the words SOLD OUT!!! This definitely added an extra bit of excitement for the show knowing DeGraw’s shows are still doing spectacular and from what I hear not just in NJ, I was surprised when I got in the venue to find the tour’s title really is what it says it is. This in no way is a bad thing; DeGraw has opted to not have an opener on this tour, instead he promises a two hour intimate experience with his band and his piano.
Walking into the Wellmont Theater, the atmosphere was set for a great night. The stage had a spotlight on the piano and the back of the stage draped with a beautiful shiny red curtain with circular lights hanging in front of it. The crowd filled with a variety of age groups ranging from music fans in their late teens to elderly couples. The lights went down and the spotlight followed Gavin Degraw to his piano, starting the show by saying: “thank you all for coming, let’s have some fun shall we?” Then came the opening notes of his hit song that started it all “Chariot.” The stage filled with blue and purple lights reflecting off the back curtain and the ambience of the hanging white lights above the band. As the first song comes to an end Degraw takes a minute to address the audience saying “I decided to call this the Raw tour because that’s what it is… I’m not up here with a computer or drum machine. I wanted drums so i brought a drummer.” The crowd let out a chuckle and DeGraw continued to introduce the next song, ”Making Love With The Radio On.” The night featured lots of crowd participation as well as a two hour show featuring all the singer’s hits including “In Love With A Girl,” “Best I Ever Had,” and covers of Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back down” and Paul McCartney’s “Maybe I’m Amazed”.
The night ended 24 songs later as DeGraw closed the show with the widely know One Tree Hill theme song “I Don’t Wanna Be.”
The Raw tour rolls on for about two more weeks hitting some major cities like Philadelphia, Nashville, and Atlanta before wrapping up November 4th in Miami full dates and links below. Although we don’t know much about what Gavin DeGraw’s plans are for 2018, I’d bet more shows are likely. He currently he has one date announced for March 23rd, 2018 in New York City at The Beacon Theatre.
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