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Lack of fervor

Gavin DeGraw
Nashville, TN
May 4, 2009
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Story and photos by Kate Seesholtz

It's hard to believe its been six years since Gavin DeGraw told the world he didn't want to be anything other than himself. That motto is still clearly working for him, as he played to a sold out crowd at Nashville's Exit/In on Monday evening.

He started out the evening with "Dancing Shoes," one of the tracks off of his latest album, Free. He then apologized if his next song "Cheated on Me" made anyone feel uncomfortable in the crowd. DeGraw even gave permission for any couples in the room to stop holding hands if the song applied to them. As the night went on, a slightly awkward moment came when an audience member deftly threw a pair of decorated men's briefs at DeGraw. He played off the incident well remarking, "how did you know I was behind on my laundry?"

DeGraw was very mellow throughout the entire show. While this tour was meant to be more stripped down than previous ones, he almost seemed bored on stage. Songs like his well known "Follow Through" and newer release "Glass" lacked their usual passion. The evening did hit a high note when he put his own spin on the classic songs "Easy (like Sunday Morning)" and "Cupid." His voice flowed perfectly with the slowed down groove of the famous songs, using them to lead into crowd favorite "Chariot."

DeGraw played for nearly two hours, finally closing out the evening with his recent radio hit, "In Love With A Girl," which included a prelude of Kanye West's "Golddigger." The final encore was of course the aforementioned "I Don't Wanna Be." While DeGraw's voice and masterful piano playing are still as captivating as they have always been, his fervor for performing might be starting to wane.

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