Riding the buzz surrounding his July 22 debut release, Chariot, Gavin DeGraw made his way back to NY to show his hometown just what all the talk was about. ?Following a performance on Good Morning America, DeGraw stopped by the Virgin Megastore in Union Square on Tuesday for an intimate, yet highly energetic performance. Visibly ecstatic to be back, he thanked the fans who have believed in him since his early days at Wilsonís, the Upper East Side club where he got his start, and treated the faithful to a full set of songs from Chariot including his current single, "Follow Through."
Just two days later, DeGraw was back on the stage, this time opening for Sister Hazel at Irving Plaza for a two-night stint. ?THIS was the place to see the incredible talent and comfort that DeGraw and his veteran band possess. ?There was no question who the people came out to see, and they were in for two memorable performances.
Ripping through his arsenal of originals, DeGraw showcased his talent and writing abilities with crowd favorites such as "I Donít Want To Be," "Glass," and a newer song to his repertoire, "Stop Cop," whose catchy lyrics, "baby iím a cop, stop, put up your hands and surrender to me," had every girl in the crowd stretching for the ceiling.
During the first of the two shows, DeGraw got a certain craving for Krispy Kreme doughnuts, even promising to strip down for a dozen. ?Little did he know that two songs into the second night a girl in the front row would whip out a box of glazed originals. ?DeGraw removed his jacket and sat down at the piano for another number, leaving broken hearts all over the room but received a good laugh for his efforts.
DeGraw closed the two-night stint with the title track "Chariot," hugged every member of his band and was so genuinely thankful to a crowd who could not have asked for a better week of music from this incredibly talented performer.
Gavin DeGrawís amazing sense of ease with his voice and music make his live performances uniquely special each and every time he plays. ?At the tender age of 26, he has a remarkable stage presence and ability to adapt his songs in a live setting that would make performers twice his age envious. ?Thankful for everything he has and the people who have helped him achieve it, DeGraw constantly praises the abilities of his band, and rightfully so. The talented group adds a raw edgy sound to the performances transforming the songs on DeGrawís intimate record into a bold live performance. ?Chariot is a beautiful disc that shows the range and abilities that DeGraw possesses and stands tall on its own merits. ?But given the opportunity, I highly recommend seeing DeGraw and his band live. ?It will give you a whole new perspective to what you thought could not get any better. ?DeGraw is currently touring with Virginia Coalition and Sister Hazel, and will be back on the road in September with Maroon 5.
Source: Ryan Harrington