It was a busy week in L.A. for Gavin DeGraw with two nights at Hotel Cafe, the Grammy Museum, and Troubadour. DeGraw stopped by the Grammy Museum Thursday night (4/21) for a Q&A with 2x-Emmy producer Adam Weissler and a performance. DeGraw’s tour began at the Venetian in Las Vegas, NV April 16th. DeGraw dropped his new single “Face the River,” a week before his L.A. shows and will be releasing his first album in six years of the same name. In the press release DeGraw stated “This album is dedicated to my parents,” “They were my heroes. It was their love story, their sacrifices, and their guidance that shaped this music.” DeGraw’s mother Lynne passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2017 and his father John Wayne in 2020 after a short illness. Within a year of losing his mother, DeGraw also lost two grandparents. DeGraw shared stories about his parents and how his dad came on the road with him after the loss of his mother.
Following the Q&A DeGraw performed four songs and also discussed each song before performing each. The songs were “Face the River,” “Ford” inspired by his dad’s truck that was given to him by his father, Freedom (Johnny’s Song) which was dedicated to his father, and his biggest hit “I Don’t Want to Be.”
DeGraw has released six albums with his highest ranking ones being his second album which was self-titled which went to seven on the Billboard 200 and his fourth album Sweeter went to eight. DeGraw has also released 13 charting singles, of which eight went between RIAA: Gold and 2x Platinum. DeGraw has had eight headline tours, and eight co-headline tours including ones with Colbie Caillat, Matt Nathanson, Andy Grammer, and Philip Phillips. DeGraw has also opened for Maroon 5 (2003), Barenaked Ladies (2004), Bon Jovi (2010), Billy Joel (2014,15,19, Shania Twain (2015), and most recently Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker (2018).
DeGraw’s Full Circle tour runs through May 22nd ending in New Brunswick, NJ.
Face the River
Freedom (Johnny’s Song)
I Don’t Want to Be