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

More updates and news on Grammer’s tour, album and more are available 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.

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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Andy Grammer To Perform New Song On The Bachelorette

Courtesy:  S-Curve Records/MSO PR

Courtesy: S-Curve Records/MSO PR

Fans of both ABC’s The Bachelorette and pop star Andy Grammer are in for a treat on next Monday’s episode.  Grammer will appear on the show next Monday, June 3rd to perform a pair of songs.  He will perform his current hit, ‘Keep Your Head Up’ from his self-titled debut on S-Curve Records and a new song titled, ‘I Choose You.’  The latter comes from Grammer’s new EP, Crazy Beautiful.  The EP was released this past Tuesday, May 21st.  The EP’s title track was used in the network’s hit romance reality show on its episode from this past Monday (5/27).  A lyric video for the song is available now online at http://youtu.be/HqNaGicLmcg

Grammer first debuted ‘I Choose You’ and ‘Crazy Beautiful’ on May 17th at a hometown show in Los Angeles with Parachute.  The show was the last date of the two acts’ tour together.  The video, which was fan made, for the song, ‘Crazy Beautiful’ is also available online now.  It can be viewed at http://youtu.be/wlcyHfV9_U. The three-song EP is available now.  It can be purchased via iTunes for a cost of $3.87.  It also includes a live version of ‘Crazy Beautiful.’  It can be purchased online at https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/crazy-beautiful-single/id642571235.

To keep up with all the latest news on Andy’s upcoming performance and future performances and more, fans can follow him online at http://www.andygrammer.com, http://www.facebook.com/andygrammer, http://twitter.com/andygrammer, and http://instagram.com/andygrammer.

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Andy Grammer’s Star Keeps Rising With One World Concert

Andy Grammer had one of his biggest honors yet last week.  Grammer was one of the pop stars tapped to perform at the One World Concert “Common Ground For Peace” at Syracuse University’s Carrier Dome.  Among those in attendance at the event was none other than the His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama.  Grammer was joined at the performance by the likes of:  Dave Matthews, Counting Crows, Matisyahu, Nelly Furtado, and a slew of others.

Courtesy: MSO PR

Grammer’s performance comes at a high time for the singer.  The third single from his self-titled debut on S-Curve Records, ‘Miss Me’, is quickly making its way up Billboard’s charts and VH1’s Top 20 Video Countdown.  It joins his previous two back to back singles that have already garnered their own success.  He is also currently touring in support of his debut album.  He will be at the Canopy Club in Urbana, IL tomorrow, October 17th.  For a full list of tour dates and all the latest news from Andy, fans can go online to http://www.andygrammer.com, http://www.facebook.com/amdygrammer, and http://twitter.com/andygrammer.

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Andy Grammer Performing on CBS This Morning Friday Morning

Pop star Andy Grammer will perform on CBS This Morning tomorrow morning, August 17th.  Grammer will sit down with host Gayle King to talk about his career, rising from his roots singing on the streets to becoming one of pop music’s biggest names today.  the interview comes fresh off the heels of his appearance on CBS’ daytime talk show, The Talk.  Along with his performance tomorrow morning, Grammer will also be performing on Jimmy Kimmel Live next Tuesday, August 21st.  He will be performing his new single, ‘Miss Me’, which hit radio just last week. 

Courtesy: MSO PR/S-Curve Records

In just its second week on air, ‘Miss Me’ is the number one most added song on adult pop radio.  this latest achievement comes as Andy continues to tour in support of his self-titled debut on S-Curve Records.  He’s currently touring alongside fellow pop act, Train.  Fans can get a full list of Andy’s tour dates by going online to http://www.andygrammer.com, http://www.facebook.comandygrammer, and http://twitter.com/andygrammer.

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Andy Grammer speaks on music, life and more

Good morning, everyone.  I hope your weekend is off to a great start.  I’ve got a special surprise for you this morning to help get your weekend off on a “good note” ba dump-bump-bump.  Yes, that pun was intended.  Those of you that read my reviews will recall that I recently reviewed Andy Grammer’s self-titled debut record.  Now, Grammer’s out on tour with Colbie Caillat and Gavin DeGraw.  And next week, he will be joining them for a concert in Raleigh.  So in anticipation of next week’s show, I’m proud to share an interview that I recently had with Andy.  I had the honor of talking with him about his youth, becoming a major star and more.  Make sure your calendars are marked for June 12th if you’re in North Carolina.  In the meantime, enjoy this interview while I work on today’s brand new review.

PP:  Your story is the epitome of a rags to riches story.  You started out playing on the streets, powering your amp with a car battery.  Now, you’re one of the biggest names in pop music.  Knowing where you started, what goes through your mind, seeing where you are now versus everything you’ve gone through to get where you are today?  Do you still see yourself as that same guy today that you were then, just making music, or have things changed any for you? 

AG: I think when you come from such humble beginnings it keeps you grounded. Performing on the street for three years had a big impact, its kind of the bottom of the music food chain. So when anything crazy happens right now I still feel like the guy from the street who is really blessed. 

PP:  One of the things that I really like about your album is the positive lyrics throughout the songs.  Given, you don’t intentionally try to be positive, as your bio notes.  You just try to be real.  But you do have a lot of great, uplifting songs.  I’d like to take a few minutes just to touch on a few songs, if that’s okay.  I want to start with ‘Keep Your Head Up.’  This is one of those songs to which every listener can relate.  What really makes it so standout is that it’s not one of those “oh woe is me” type of songs.  Rather, it’s an uplifting piece both musically and lyrically.  It gives hope to listeners.  Have you had audiences and/or listeners come up to you and express the impact that it’s had on their lives?  Are there any stories from audiences that really stand out in your mind more than others? 

AG:  I’ve had a bunch of really incredible stories where people share how the song came at the perfect time for them. They come up and say “this was my get through chemo song”, or “I was driving to do something crazy when your song came on the radio and I turned around.” In those moments I’m just in awe of the power of a song.

PP:  Your bio states that ‘Fine By Me’ was about a girl who came in and just stole your heart.  Both men and women have that point where they meet someone like the girl in your song that just takes their breath away and steals their heart.  Sometimes it works out, others it doesn’t.  Again it’s another of those relatable pieces.  Can you expand on that story for the fans who are reading this?  What about her made you fall so deep for her?  How old were you at the time you met her?  Did things work out for you and this girl?  If not, are you still friends or do you stay in contact with her today?  Hopefully that’s not being too personal.  It just really seems like the sort of story that would be fitting for a performance on VH1’s Storytellers.

AG: “Fine By Me” touches on the idea of how guys try to play it cool. Underneath we’re big teddy bears. So if you get us we do a 180 real fast from, “I’m cool not really looking for a relationship” to “I want to kiss and hold you for the rest of time… Forever”. I love the casual phrase of “it’s fine by me” followed by the super intense “if you NEVER leave”. Guys are hilarious. (not into going too deep into relationships, hope that’s find by you :)

PP:  Staying on the lyrical content of the album, another of the songs that caught my ear was ‘Ladies.’  This song seems like such a departure from so many other pop acts out there.  I like how it talks about how you were raised to treat women with respect, rather than as objects.  And I bet it’s a huge hit with your female audiences.  Did your mother really teach you that lesson?  I’d like to know how this song really came to life.

AG: My mother was an incredible woman. She would have gatherings at our house where it was only women and tell them all how special and important their role was in the world. My dad, brother and I would go bowling or something but when we got back you could feel something “very right” had just occurred. When I was in college all the cute girls would come to my house for MY MOM! Special lady.

PP:  Having been named one of Billboard’s “2011 Artists to Watch” and now touring with other top name acts (I.E. Colbie Caillat), playing sold out shows across the country, do you ever feel added pressure to really perform? Or does it just motivate you that much more to go out there and do what you obviously love to do?

AG:  The hope is that you have the skills to give the crowd what they need. When I know I have what they are looking for I’m not very nervous I’m just anxious to get on stage and meet a ton of new friends. Performing is the dessert of a musician’s life. You travel most of the day to get your hour show at night. There are slight nerves but in the way you get excited when you see the waiter bringing an ice cream sundae across the restaurant.

PP:  As big as you’ve gotten so quickly, I’m curious, when did you really know you had broken through? I’d love to hear how exactly you got your record deal.  Was S-Curve your first choice of labels, or did you have other labels coming to you saying, “Hey, we want you”?  What made you choose S-Curve?

AG: Once we recorded “Keep Your Head Up” with a fairly new production team “Lions Share” then the buzz started to come. It got great radio testing scores and we started getting interest. I went with S-Curve because I knew I was going to get the most personal attention. These days you need a team that will really fight and stick with you.

PP:  How exactly did you come to be on this tour with Colbie Caillat and Gavin DeGraw?  Did they or their reps come to you and ask you to join the tour?  What was your first thought when you were asked to join the tour?

AG: This has been such a cool tour. Gavin and Colbie are both incredible talents that are also really sweet. As headliners you can kind of get away with being dismissive but they are so welcoming and inclusive. The vibe of the tour is awesome. I met Gavin in Iowa at a radio show and when I got off the stage he came up to me and said, “I want to take you on tour”. Colbie has had me on previous tours and is literally the sweetest human on earth. I hope to be as generous to someone else someday as they have been to me.

PP:  Now that you’re touring, are there any behind the scene stories that you can share with your audiences?  Do you all go out together after shows?  Is there any pranking that goes on?  What about pre-show rituals?  Does anyone on the tour have any superstitions about pre-show preps?

AG: It’s still kind of early in this tour although Gavin’s guitar player was definitely throwing Gaffers tape at us from side stage last show. Haha usually pranks are for the last couple shows. Ask me again near the end of the tour and I’m sure more will occur with this rowdy bunch. There isn’t too much superstition as far as pre-show ritual goes we just try to give everyone the best show possible.

PP:  Being out on tour now, do you have any favorite cities to play? Are there any that you’re looking forward to playing?

AG: It can change nightly. I just played a show in Boston that was AWESOME. But I’m always one show away from saying, “now THAT is my favorite place to play”. I say that like 3 times a week.

PP:  I’ve got one more question for you.  Going back to your bio for a moment to kind of bring things full circle here.  It notes your experiences growing up with your dad being a musician. Having been part of all the hard work and sacrifice with your dad, and then on your own, what reaction do your audiences get when you explain what you went through to get where you are today?  Does it change their view on the industry?  What advice do you have for all the hopeful audiences who ask you about your experiences?  

AG: My story is different then a lot of other stories but in music or any art form the themes are the same. Never give up, and just keep creating until you have something that makes waves with a group of people.  If you have a feeling you are supposed to share something with the world you wake up every morning and chase after it with everything you got. My dad taught me that.

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