Grammer’s Sophomore Album Is One Of The Best New Pop Albums Of 2014

Courtesy:  S-Curve Records

Courtesy: S-Curve Records

Andy Grammer’s second full length album Magazines or Novels is one of this year’s best new pop albums.  Grammer shows on his new album that the past two years on the road haven’t left him any worse for wear.  He has picked up on Magazines or Novels right where he left off with his 2011 self-titled debut record as is evidenced by the album’s lead single ‘Back Home.’  The celebratory tune shows that Grammer has actually stepped things up with this album.  And the album’s opener ‘Honey, I’m Good’ is sure to impress Grammer’s female fans out there.  It takes a road far less traveled in the world of pop music.  And the equally poppy love song ‘Holding Out’ is a piece that both Grammer’s male and female fans will appreciate.  While it is a song of love found, it’s not the sappy song that so many songs of its ilk prove to be in the long run.  These three songs are just a few of the pieces that make Magazines or Novels another hit for Andy Grammer.  The album’s remaining six songs each present their own enjoyment, too.  Audiences will agree that whether it be for the songs noted here, or the remaining unnoted pieces, there is plenty of reason to call Magazines or Novels one of the best new pop albums of 2014.

Andy Grammer surprised a lot of people in 2011 when he released his self-titled debut record on S-Curve Records.  Now three years later, Grammer has shown that he isn’t just another flash-in-the-pan act on his sophomore album.  He has proven that right off the bat with the album’s celebratory single ‘Back Home.’  The infectious chorus of “It don’t matter where we go/We always find our way back home” will instantly get stuck in listeners’ heads.  And the equally positive vibe of the song’s verses set against its musical backing makes it even clearer why Grammer has a bright future.  He sings in the song’s opening verse, “I’m gonna need you to raise your glass/I don’t care what you put in it/Here’s to nights that you can’t take back/We live hard/But we love to laugh/We all thought that we’d get rich fast…See we won’t forget where we came from/This city won’t change us/We beat to the same drum/No we won’t forget where we came from/This city can’t change us/We beat to the same drum.”  From here, the song kicks into that celebratory chorus before going on to paying tribute to all the little things that make life so great in the song’s second and third verse.  The song’s upbeat musical backing throughout is certain to put a smile on any listener’s face as they sing happily along. From start to finish.  All of the elements combined here show why this song was chosen as the first representative work from Grammer’s new album.  For that matter, they combine to show why just as the album in whole is one of the year’s best, so is this single by itself one of the year’s best new songs.  The video for the song can be viewed online now at Grammer’s official website here.

‘Back Home’ is a wonderful first impression from Andy Grammer on his second full length studio effort.  It’s only one song on this record that makes the work in whole such a joy for listeners.  Another example of what makes Magazines or Novels such a joy is the album’s opener, ‘Honey, I’m Good.’  In an age when so many pop and R&B songs are centered on breakups and unfaithful significant others, Grammer has proven that it is actually possible to make a song that is about a faithful individual overcoming the temptation of cheating.  He sings in this song, “Naw, naw honey I’m good/I could have another/But I probably shouldn’t/I got somebody at home/It’s been a long night here/And a long night there/And these long, long legs have been damn near everywhere/Hold up now/You look good/I will not lie/But if you ask where I’m stayin’ tonight/I gotta be like/Awww, baby/Naw, baby/You got me all wrong, baby/My baby’s already got all of my love/So naw, naw honey, I’m good/I could probably have another/But I probably shouldn’t/I got somebody at home/And if I stay/I might not leave alone/Naw honey, I’m good/I could probably have another/But I probably shouldn’t/I gotta bid you adieu to another/I will stay true.”  It’s not the first time that Grammer has paid tribute to women, either.   He paid tribute to the memory or his mother and to women in general more than once on his self-titled debut.  So that he would pay tribute to women everywhere again is sure to impress quite a few listeners to say the least.  Audiences can check out this song on Grammer’s official website along with the video for ‘Back Home’ now here.

It’s a great thing to hear on the opener to Andy Grammer’s new LP that he takes the road far less traveled in the world of pop music.  The equally upbeat lead single ‘Back Home’ only adds to the enjoyment that is this album.  They obviously aren’t the only songs on this record that make it a standout collection of songs.  There is neither enough time nor space to point out every single song that makes Magazines or Novels work as well as it does.  There is time and space though, for at least one more example of what makes this album such a joy.  That song is the poppy love song ‘Holding Out.’  Grammer sings here about the revelation that past relationships not working out was a good thing.  In his words, it was a good thing because he realized that he was just “holding out” for a certain woman.  He sings in the song’s opening verse, “When I met you love/I hadn’t done the dirty yet/You called me a unicorn/You said that I didn’t exist/Truth is my heart was torn/The V had a couple of rips/But I was still holding on/To the edges with my fingertips.”  He goes on to sing in the song’s chorus that that all changed when his subject met the woman in question, though.  He sings of the change, “With a little bit of prayer/With a little bit of porn star (sorry)/Couple long nights of sleeping on my own/Waiting or the right one to come along/Waiting for the right one and now I know that I was holding out for you.”  Just as Grammer takes the road less traveled in the album’s opener, so does he take that same road with this piece, too.  Rather than take the standard, sappy, overly emotional R&B-style route, he opts for a more upbeat musical backing that still manages to reflect the cautious optimism felt in the blooming romance portrayed in the song’s lyrical side.  It’s a wonderful mix of musical and lyrical sensibility that is just as certain to have audiences singing along happily.  This is especially the case for Grammer’s female audiences.  And heck, even the guys out there could use it with the women they are dating to help put into words how they feel.  It’s one more way that this piece makes Magazines or Novels in whole an album that is just as welcome among audiences whether or not they are hearing his music for the first time.

Magazines or Novels is available now in stores and online.  It can be downloaded via iTunes and Amazon direct via Grammer’s official website here.  Audiences can also pick up his new album at any of the shows on his upcoming tour which kicks off Tuesday, September 9th.  The tour includes a performance at The Orange Peel in Asheville, North Carolina on Thursday, September 11th alongside O.A.R.  As with the album, tickets for this and all of Andy Grammer’s shows can be purchased direct via Grammer’s website.  Along with the latest tour updates, audiences can get the latest news on Andy Grammer online at http://www.facebook.com/andygrammer.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Andy Grammer Performs New Single On ABC’s GMA

Courtesy:  S-Curve Records/MSO PR

Courtesy: S-Curve Records/MSO PR

Andy Pop star Andy Grammer performed his new single ‘Back Home’ live yesterday on ABC’s Good Morning America. The song is the lead single from Grammer’s upcoming sophomore album Magazines or Novels. Those that missed Grammer’s performance can check it out online now thanks to ABC, Yahoo and Good Morning America. Grammer’s performance can be viewed online at https://gma.yahoo.com/video/andy-grammer-performs-back-home-134332533.html?vp=1.

Grammer was joined by his band mates and even a full drumline for an energetic performance of the song. Magazines or Novels is currently scheduled to be released Tuesday, August 5th via S-Curve Records. Grammer is currently touring in support of his upcoming album. He is scheduled to perfrom today at the House of Blues in Chicago, IL. He has a handful of Midwest dates scheduled for the first half of July before making a westward swing beginning July 11th in Denver, Colorado. From there, he will head to Utah before making his way to the Pacific Northwest and down through California before making his way back to the east coast by way of Overland Park, Kansas on July 24th. Grammer’s current tour schedule is available online now along with all of the latest news from the man himself at http://www.facebook.com/andygrammer, http://www.andygrammer.com, and http://twitter.com/andygrammer.

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Andy Grammer To Perform On GMA This Morning

Courtesy:  S-Curve Records/MSO PR

Courtesy: S-Curve Records/MSO PR

Andy Grammer will be on ABC’s Good Morning America, this morning.

Grammer and his band mates will perform during the 8:30am half hour of the show’s broadcast. They will perform Grammer’s new single ‘Back Home.’ The song is the lead single from Grammer’s upcoming sophomore album Magazines or Novels. The album is due out Tuesday, August 5th on S-Curve Records. It is the follow-up to Grammer’s 2011 self-titled debut. That record spawned the hits ‘Keep Your Head Up,’ ‘Fine By Me,’ and ‘Miss Me.’

Audiences can check out the music video for ‘Back Home’ online now via YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=REHfRCYvie8&feature=youtu.be.

Andy Grammer is currently touring in support of his upcoming album. He is scheduled to perform today in Millvale, PA and Chicago, IL tomorrow. The most current list of Grammer’s tour dates is available online along with all of the latest news from Andy Grammer at http://www.facebook.com/andygrammer, http://www.andygrammer.com, and http://twitter.com/andygrammer. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Andy Grammer Announces New Album Details, Debuts New Video

Courtesy:  S-Curve Records

Courtesy: S-Curve Records

Andy Grammer released more information on his upcoming sophomore full length studio release Tuesday.

Grammer announced that his upcoming sophomore release will be titled Magazines or Novels. It was also announced that the album is currently scheduled to be released Tuesday, August 5th on S-Curve Records. Grammer spoke on the inspiration behind the album’s title, explaining that it came from seeing the changing headlines of all of the covers and headlines on the newsstands out there. “While I was writing this album I kept seeing magazine and newspaper stands with their constantly changing covers and headlines and thinking how they come and go so fast,” he said. He expanded on his explanation noting that in writing so much for so the album’s final number of songs, he wanted to make sure he presented audiences with an album that would have staying power. As he put it, “I had to write about 100 songs to get 13 I felt had something grounded and timeless about it. I don’t know if I achieved my goal but I hope I was able to create songs that were timeless and not something that would come and go off the newsstands. I hope this collection of songs can have the staying power in someone’s life like a favorite novel or book.”

Along with the announced details for his new album, the video for the album’s lead single ‘Back Home’ also debuted yesterday. The video mixes footage of Grammer and his friends on his tour bus set alongside footage of him performing live. The video can be viewed online now at http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop-shop/6114144/andy-grammer-back-home-video-premiere-magazines-novels/.

While Magazines or Novels doesn’t hit stores and online outlets until August, Grammer has already kicked off a summer tour to build anticipation and excitement for the album. The tour kicked off yesterday, June 10th in Phoenix, Arizona. He has a trio of performances scheduled in Texas tomorrow, Friday and Sunday. There is also a performance scheduled for Monday, June 23rd at the Visulite Theatre in Charlotte, North Carolina. Grammer’s current tour schedule is listed below.

Summer Headlining Tour Dates (w/ support from Kate Voegele and Brendan James):
Tue      6/10                 Phoenix, AZ                            The Crescent Ballroom
Thu      6/12                 Houston, TX                            Fitzgerald’s
Fri        6/13                 Austin, TX                               The Parish
Sun      6/15                 Dallas, TX                               House of Blues
104.3fm Presents My Big Night Out w/ Ed Sheeran, Demi Lovato, Colbie Caillat
Mon     6/16                 Los Angeles, CA                     Hollywood Bowl
Summer Headlining Tour Date (w/ support from Andrew Ripp and Brendan James):
Tue      6/17                 Nashville, TN                          3rd & Lindsley
Wed     6/18                 Atlanta, GA                             The Loft
Thu      6/19                 Jacksonville, FL                      Freebird Live
Fri        6/20                 Clearwater, FL                        Capitol Theatre
Sat       6/21                 Orlando, FL                             Beacham Theatre
Mon     6/23                 Charlotte, NC                          Visulite Theatre
Tue      6/24                 York, PA                                 The Pullo Center
Wed     6/25                 Boston, MA                             House of Blues
Thu      6/26                 New York, NY                         Irving Plaza
Fri        6/27                 Ridgefield, CT                         Ridgefield Playhouse
Sun      6/29                 Philadelphia, PA                      World Café Live
Mon     6/30                 Alexandria, VA                        The Birchmere
Tue      7/1                   Millvale, PA                             Mr. Small’s Theatre
Wed     7/2                   Chicago, IL                              House of Blues
Sat       7/5                   Covington, KY                         Madison Theater
Sun      7/6                   Pontiac, MI                              The Crofoot
Tue      7/8                   Minneapolis, MN                     Varsity Theater
Fri        7/11                 Denver, CO                            Summit Music Hall
Sat       7/12                 Salt Lake City, UT                  The Complex
Mon     7/14                 Seattle, WA                             Neumos
Tue      7/15                 Portland, OR                           Hawthorne Theatre
Thu      7/17                 San Francisco, CA                 Great American Music Hall
Sat       7/19                 San Diego, CA                        House of Blues

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Andy Grammer Announces Summer Headlining Tour

Courtesy:  S-Curve Records/MSO PR

Courtesy: S-Curve Records/MSO PR

Pop star Andy Grammer has announced that he will hit the road this Summer beginning Tuesday, June 10th.

Grammer’s headlining tour is in support of his upcoming sophomore record. The as-yet untitled record features Grammer’s new single ‘Back Home’, which he recently debuted on Ryan Seacrest’s On-Air with Ryan Seacrest. Fans can check out Grammer’s new single for free online now at http://www.ryanseacrest.com/2014/03/25/andy-grammer-unveils-new-feel-good-single-back-home-listen/ and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIPMkDT3Ebg&feature=youtu.be/ It is also available for download now via iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/back-home-single/id849196730?ls=1.

Ticket information for Grammer’s upcoming tour is available online at his official website, http://www.andygrammer.com. Grammer’s current tour schedule is listed below. It includes a performance at the Visulite Theatre in Charlotte, North Carolina on Monday, June 23rd.

DATE              CITY                           VENUE

Spring college tour:
Fri        4/11                 Ames, IA                                 Iowa State University
Sat       4/12                 Portland, OR                          University of Portland
Mon     4/14                 Pocatello, ID                           Idaho State University
Tue      4/15                 Provo, UT                               Brigham Young University
Thu      4/17                 Columbia, SC                         University of South Carolina
Sat       5/3                   Collegeville, MN                     College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University

National headlining tour:

Tues 6/10 Phoenix, AZ The Crescent Ballroom
Thu 6/12 Houston, TX Fitzgerald’s
Fri 6/13 Austin, TX The Parish
Sun 6/15 Dallas, TX House of Blues
Tues 6/17 Nashville, TN 3rd & Lindsley
Wed 6/18 Atlanta, GA The Loft
Thu 6/19 Jacksonville Beach, FL Freebird Live
Fri 6/20 Clearwater, FL Capitol Theatre
Sat 6/21 Orlando, FL Beacham Theatre
Mon 6/23 Charlotte, NC Visulite Theatre
Tues 6/24 York, PA The Pullo Center
Wed 6/25 Boston, MA House of Blues
Thu 6/26 New York, NY Irving Plaza
Fri 6/27 Ridgefield, CT The Ridgefield Playhouse
Sun 6/29 Philadelphia, PA World Cafe Live
Mon 6/30 Alexandria, VA The Birchmere
Tues 7/1 Millvale, PA Mr. Smalls Theatre
Wed 7/2 Chicago, IL House of Blues
Sat 7/5 Covington, KY Madison Theater
Sun 7/6 Pontiac, MI The Crofoot
Tues 7/8 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theater
Sat 7/11 Denver, CO Summit Music Hall
Sun 7/12 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
Tues 7/14 Seattle, WA Neumos
Fri 7/17 San Francisco, CA

Great American Music Hall

 

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Andy Grammer Debuts New Single

Courtesy:  S-Curve Records/MSO PR

Courtesy: S-Curve Records/MSO PR

Andy Grammer is back. The pop sensation debuted his brand new single on ‘Back Home’ this week on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show, “On Air With Ryan Seacrest.” ‘Back Home’ is the first single off of Grammer’s as-yet untitled sophomore album, which is due out this Fall on S-Curve Records. Fans can check out Grammer’s new single online now at http://onair.rs/1fy1bEJ. The song will be available for download via iTunes beginning Tuesday, April 8th and will start running on Adult Pop radio in May.
While they wait for more new music from Grammer, fans can catch him live on his Spring College Tour beginning Friday, April 4th at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. His current tour schedule, listed below, also includes stops at Washington College, Iowa State University, and the University Portland among others.

Catch ANDY GRAMMER on his spring college tour:
Fri 4/4 Auburn, AL Auburn University
Sat 4/5 Chestertown, MD Washington College
Fri 4/11 Ames, IA Iowa State University
Sat 4/12 Portland, OR University of Portland
Mon 4/14 Pocatello, ID Idaho State University
Tue 4/15 Provo, UT Brigham Young University
Thu 4/17 Columbia, SC University of South Carolina
Fri 4/25 Springfield, MA Western New England University
Sat 5/3 Collegeville, MN College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University

Fans can keep up with all of the latest updates on Andy Grammer’s tour schedule, album, and more online at http://www.andygrammer.com, http://www.facebook.com/andygrammer, and http://twitter.com/andygrammer. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Grammer’s New EP Offers Another Pair Of Pop Hits

Courtesy:  S-Curve Records/MSO PR

Courtesy: S-Curve Records/MSO PR

Crazy Beautiful, Andy Grammer’s new EP, is a nice follow-up to the hit pop artist’s debut self-titled album.  Though it boasts only three tracks, (one of which being a live version of the title track), Grammer has shown with this latest release that he has picked right back up where he left off with his debut self-titled album released last year.  The two studio songs included on this EP are solid fits for any wedding reception.  Even the live acoustic take of the EP’s title track would be, too.  This is because of how well the song translated from studio to live show.  Keeping this in mind, it would seem best to start off with the EP’s title track.

The EP’s opener is just as poppy as any of the songs on Grammer’s debut record.  And it would be no surprise if it was in fact a b-side that simply didn’t find its way onto that record.  It’s an easily accessible song with its mix of poppy music and equally upbeat lyrics.  That mix of music and lyrics does a relatively good job of translating the feelings of a young man who has just fallen in love with a very special woman.  He sings, in the song’s chorus, “Isn’t she cra-crazy beautiful/Isn’t she strange, strange and wonderful/I think I love her/More than I will ever know.”  It’s that emotion of wanting to express one’s joy from the highest mountain peaks. The crescendo of the strings through the chorus sections helps to establish the emotions building inside the young man in question portrayed in this song.  It’s a subtle addition.  But it is a nice addition nonetheless that adds a certain extra touch to the song.  While the strings aren’t there in the live acoustic take on the song included in this EP, the addition of a gentle piano in their place helps to set the mood just as much.  That, perhaps, is what helps to give the song a new identity in its live setting.  Or maybe it’s that combined with the acoustic guitar.  Either way, audiences will find the live acoustic take on the song just as enjoyable as the studio version, if not more so.

If the EP’s title track is a good song for any wedding reception during this wedding season, then the second song included in the new EP is an even better fit.  It’s simply titled, ‘I Choose You.’  And it is in fact about getting married.  Grammer sings in this song, “I choose you/To be by my side/I choose you/To hold me at night/It’s the biggest decision/I’m about to get right/I choose you/I choose you/I was worried/I would not know what to do/When I was in these shoes/But standing here/it’s clearer than the sky is blue/That I choose you.”  Here we go from a young man in love to a man about to propose to perhaps the same young woman and take what is, as he states, the biggest decision.  This song screams wedding reception song.  And if a young bride isn’t moved to even more tears in hearing this song, dancing with her new groom, then something is wrong with that young woman. 

Fans wanting to hear ‘I Choose You’ or the EP’s title track live will have a couple more chances as Grammer has at least two more tour dates before wrapping his current tour.  He will be performing tonight at Ovations Live in Chandler, Arizona.  Tomorrow night, he will be Rodeo Park in Folsom, California.  After that, fans can keep up with Andy’s future live dates on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/andygrammer or on his official website, http://www.andygrammer.com.  Fans that won’t get the chance to see Grammer perform live can still order his new EP online.  It can be ordered online at http://www.tinyurl.com/agcbep.

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