Sunday, October 16, 2011

Post #215: Graham Colton

***Graham Colton just played at 
Triple Rock and will be releasing new music this 
Tuesday, October 18th***

On Wednesday I had the opportunity to attend a show with a few good friends at the Triple Rock Social Club: Ben Rector and Graham Colton.

Both artists we had seen before at the Varsity Theater: Ben Rector opening for Matt Wertz, and Graham Colton on his headlining tour, on which he would have his entire band.

This go around things were a little different.  Graham was playing as support for Ben Rector, and he would play his set solo acoustic.

I really liked him the first time I saw him play.  In fact, I bought two albums after the show.  However, there was something about hearing him play Wednesday night that caused me to like him even more.

His voice was amazing!

Maybe this time, without the rest of the band, his voice wasn't having to compete with anything else for my ears attention.  I could focus completely on his voice.

Such a great show!

Born in Oklahoma, Graham moved to Texas to attend Southern Methodist University, where he started to write and perform around the Dallas area.  Having finished a self titled independent release, it ended up in the hands of Adam Duritz of the Counting Crows, whom asked Graham to support them on their 2002 tour.  This would lead to The Graham Colton Band releasing their album, Drive, in 2004.

From then on, Graham would focus on a solo career, releasing Here and Now in 2007, 6 EPs, and most recently, at the beginning of this year, Pacific Coast Eyes, which is where you will find "Love Comes Back Around", as well as "Pacific Coast Eyes".

This next week, he will be releasing Pacific Coast Eyes, Volume 2.

I got a couple of good videos from that night, including the above, "First Week", as well as a cover of Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down."  You can check them out HERE.

To top it all off, when he finished his set, he sat in the back at his 'merch' table selling t-shirts and albums.  Not just right after his set, but the rest of the night.  Talking with each person that visited.  Signing autographs.  Taking pictures.  As I have mentioned before, I love seeing this kind of interaction, and makes me have so much for respect for an artist.

I had a chance to speak with him for a couple of minutes as well...such a cool and humble guy.

If you get the chance, definitely a show worth catching.

Please support this artist!!!

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