Ep.200 – Gavin Degraw @ Exit/IN – Nashville,TN

Poppinoff May 6th, 2009 | By
Category: Gavin Degraw, Los Angeles, Uncategorized, Video Concert Reviews

Gavin Degraw played a sold-out show at the Exit/In on Monday promoting his new album “Free.” On this new CD, Gavin says his intention was “to stay out of the way of the songs,” keeping production elements to a minimum, so the listener can focus on the songwriting.

Gavin took my breath away. I’ve never seen anyone so flawless live. I’ve seen him three or four times, and he’s perfect at every show. If you see him once, you’ll make it a point to see him again and again.

I fell in love with Gavin when he opened for someone I saw at The Greek Theater in Los Angeles. Avril, I think. When I heard him sing “Follow Through,” I told my cousin – “I want this to be my wedding song.” Smitten, I tell you. I must have listened to the Chariot album for 6 months straight after that show.
Gavin obviously makes good use of his sound checks, and he clearly understands the importance of feeling the song when he’s singing it. In turn, the audience understands every word, and feels the emotion of the lyrics.

They were taping this specific show, so Gavin wasn’t as relaxed as the last times I saw him, and I was hoping for a different song selection from the Chariot CD. Maybe adding “Just Friends” and “Meaning,” but for taping purposes – I think he put together a nice mixed set list.

After the show, Gavin came out for pictures and autographs. What a genuine and sweet guy, introducing himself to everyone and not assuming that people just know who he is.

Three cheers for Gavin Degraw – a live music experience not to be missed.

Upcoming Shows – Listed on http://www.myspace.com/gavindegraw

May 5 2009 8:00P
The Loft Atlanta, Georgia
May 7 2009 9:00P
Jack Rabbits Jacksonville, Florida
May 8 2009 8:30P
State Theatre Saint Petersburg, Florida
May 14 2009 9:30P
Cipriani – Wall Street New York, New York
May 23 2009 10:00P
Foodline Speedstreet Festival Charlotte, North Carolina
May 24 2009 9:00P
Heritage Park Ampitheatre Simpsonville, North Carolina
Jun 1 2009 8:00P
Paradiso Amsterdam
Jun 2 2009 8:00P
Paradiso Amsterdam
Jun 4 2009 8:00P
KB Copenhagen
Jun 5 2009 8:00P
Festival Skive
Jun 6 2009 8:00P
Outdoor Festival, Skien SkienTorg
Jun 7 2009 8:00P
Mejereit Lund
Jun 9 2009 8:00P
Volkshaus Zurich
Jun 11 2009 8:00P
La Cigale Paris
Jul 3 2009 8:00P
Summerfest Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Jul 4 2009 12:30P
Heritage and Freedom Festival O’Fallon, Missouri
Aug 20 2009 8:00P
Freedom Hall – Kentucky State Fair Louisville, Kentucky
Aug 27 2009 7:30P
New York State Fair Syracuse, New York
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19 Comments to “Ep.200 – Gavin Degraw @ Exit/IN – Nashville,TN”

  1. Gina says:

    I have to say that Gavin puts on a show like no one else! This newest record “FREE” is great front to back left to right. I saw him in NYC and a four times before that. Each time he is better and better! His voice is spot on and stronger then ever. He’s always sweet to his fans and we all take that to heart. It’s so important for an artist to express love back to the fans and Gavin does just that! Introducing himself with a sincere “Hi I’m Gavin” as though we don’t know who he is….lol how cute is that?! Only to be topped with his straight the heart “Thank You for coming” Ya gotta love an artist that wants you to know he’s glad you came to see him.
    Do your self a favor and check out Gavin live. Money well spent!!!!!!!!!!

    note to Billy Norris….you do rock hunny!!!

  2. Vanessa says:

    I was at this show and it was my 11th time seeing him live. I had seen him earlier in the day at Full Throttle Garage and that was amazing as well. Gavin gets better each time I see him and I must say…..he can be very funny and entertaining but don’t hit him in the head with tightie whities or he’ll kick your ass…lol JK….Sorry Gav ;)

    Great review!

  3. Amanda says:

    Gavin is incredible. I have seen him twice and both times I was captivated by his soul and passion. His shows are about his voice and the instruments, not some fancy lights show. During the first time I saw him live, he grabbed my hand and serenaded me with “Young Love” from his self-titled sophomore album, and oh my gosh… I must have done something really, really good to deserve that. As amazing as that experience was, I like his second show (promoting “Free”) even better. His voice is SO sexy and a great time is always to be had at a Gavin DeGraw show. He did introduce himself and thank us after the show as well. He is a very humble, grateful young man, and that is just the icing on the cake (as if he could get any more appealing, haha). Go check out Gavin. You will not be disappointed at all. In fact, you’ll be thanking me for pushing you to go. :)

  4. 123 123 0764 says:

    huge fan og Degraw. His preformances touch you deep and makes influence on you the whole month after the concert. Its bad he isnt that famous though. I personally, dont know any better singers than gavin degraw. Maybe there is, vocally, or @other points. But -when lookin in a muzician, its important to get the whole view. Feelings, voice, quality, soul. Gavin Degraw is All-in-one.

  5. Christina Jordan says:

    I have seen Gavin live three times and I am always in awe of his talent. I live in Oklahoma City and saw him in NY City the first time where I also met him. He was so gracious and made the time to talk. I love that he makes the music that comes from his soul without compromising his integrity! Every concert is better than the next and I would encourage everyone to see him live!

  6. Kelley Bradshaw says:

    I have seen Gavin Degraw 4 times. My first concert was greattt! It was in a small venue called the Roxy in Atlanta, GA. He did met and greats and was sooo kind. My 2nd concert was in Six Flags in Atlanta, Ga ,but it got rained out in the middle. Then my 3rd concert was in Memphis, TN which was a 6 hour driveee. This was any girls dream come true for who ever is a hardcore gavin degrwa fan… i got to go on stage with him while he sang the song “she holds a key” it was an amazing experiece. He was SOOO kind to me. WOW is all i can say. Then my most recent one was May 1st in Louieville, Kentucky.. another 6 hour drive. There i was the first person there at the derby festival where he was playing and after the show i got to meet him and talk to him for like 30 min with two other girls i met at my firstr concert.. we met there for our “Gavin DeGraw” reunion! We had posters, tshirts, braclets, and even made a photo ablum for him to keep. In it it had pictures of peopel i/we had met at concerts. HE LOVED IT! He kept on saying how “flattered” he was. My dad was sooo impressed with how long he gave us to talk to him about how much we love him. He diffently puts on amazing concerts and interacts with his fans. His new CD is amazing and i didnt think he could top the other two. Gavin DeGraw is the best and i cant wait till i go to my next concert! :D
    check out my vidoes… i have amazing ones and of me on stage with him!!! :D

  7. I have seen Gavin a total of 5 times since last August and without a doubt, he is the best live performer I have ever heard! His music sounds so much better live than on the records, and that’s saying something!
    I love how HE loves what he’s doing and it shines through. The one thing I noticed and it’s really nice to see, is that many more guys are coming out to Gavin DeGraw concerts and enjoying them. That has to be a good feeling for Gavin.
    My advice is: any time, any place you can, go to see Gavin live because it is the best time!

  8. Shelly says:

    I saw Gavin for the 1st time a few weeks ago in Columbus Ohio. He was phenomenal! I am a huge fan & getting to go to his concert was the ultimate for me. He is amazing, flawless, captivating everything you could ask for & more. I can’t wait to see him again! I got to meet him after the show & he is so gracious. He took time with everyone & genuinly seemed interested in what you had to say… How refreshing!

  9. Lisa says:

    I saw Gavin at the El Rey in Los Angeles in April. My second Gavin concert! Like the first show I saw the El Rey show was excellent! But, the Free album has great new material and the intimacy of the venue along with the pure emotion felt was amazing and different from last years tour. Gavin truly is a talent: great voice, great performance, great song writing! If you have an opportunity to see Gavin live don’t miss out because he really makes you feel the music.

  10. ErinLisa says:

    I just recently saw Gavin Degraw in Manchester. It was my first time seeing him ever! I totally agree with what everyone said. He does a terrific job live, I love how intimate his shows are with the smaller venues, and he puts everything he has into his shows. I hope I can be fortunate to see him again live! He’s absolutely incredible =]

  11. Amy says:

    I saw him a Alvernia University two weekends ago, and he was just amazing. I have listened to all 3 of his cds NONSTOP for over a year now. I absolutely love him, and his show was fantastic!!!! Gavin is just so incredibly talented; he blows me away everytime i hear him sing, live or on the cds. He signed autographs and took pictures after his show, and again he introduced himself to everyone and asked us our names too! I cant wait to see him again, and i will continue to go to his shows for as long as he keeps touring!

  12. Marry says:

    I'm going to have to say, there IS no live voice like that of Gavin Degraw…

    Read the story of the girl who thought she was different…


  13. Pam Skeens says:

    Gavin and his brother Joey are just wonderful human beings. Love both concerts. They have not forgotten the fans, the people who buy the records. That is what makes them special. My grandson who is 10 is a dreummer. Gavin took the time to talk to him before one of his shows. What a wonderful influence. Memories like that are priceless.

  14. Melissa says:

    I saw Gavin once, a few weeks ago for the first time at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston…the intimate setting makes it more amazing, his voice is definitely even better live and his energy jumps out at you. He does an unbelievable job connecting with the audience, and as soon as I got home i started constantly listening to all his music. I LOVE gavin now, he’s just AMAZING.

  15. Raphaela says:

    what a great review!!!!!!!!
    i’m right with you girl
    i’m brazilian and i might never have the chance to go to his show… not when i’m in college and so into my crazy life…
    i’ll find some time… someday
    while that doesn’t happen.. i can’t thank enough the fans who post videos at youtube and my friends (they bring the albums to me…)
    hope you are doing fine

  16. Lindsay says:

    Gavin DeGraw is probably the best artist I have ever heard. He truly does understand the beauty and art of music and I am proud to say I listen to his cd’s on repeat. Day after Day. Month after month. He is different than the usual Timberlake and Spears. Thank God. I saw his recent show in Dallas at The Palladium. WOWOW. I was blown away. He has an amazing connection with the crowed and with his awesome band. After the show I hung out and talked to his band for probably an hour. What other band would do that? When Gavin finally finished his meet and greets inside he came out and introduced himself to those of us still waiting one by one. He is honestly a nice person and I cant wait to see him again and again.

    You rock Gavin!!

    - Lindsay Irvine

  17. Lindsay says:

    Oh and a few things I forgot to mention lol. I love his unique style and that beautiful smile of his. I was crushing on him before I saw his show, but now its full blown infatuation. lol.

    If you havent been to one of his shows GO! And if you have GO AGAIN!! lol.

  18. rethammackey says:

    Songwriting is a hard part too. I've been a writer for https://narrativeessays.org/ blog for a several years and I really know what a hell can it be.

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