For those who find themselves squishing through black city slush and/or chomping on too many chocolate-covered cherries instead of fresh fruit, Gavin DeGraw feels your pain.
Hoping to offer a remedy to the wintertime-in-the-city blues, the singer/songwriter is releasing "Chariot," the title track from his debut album, as his next single. "The song is really about getting away from living in New York City and going back to the country for a little bit of vacation," DeGraw, a native upstate New Yorker, said recently. "Feeling like a regular guy — that's the whole point of the tune," which includes such lyrics as "I said to myself we all lost touch/ Your favorite fruit is chocolate-covered cherries/ And seedless watermelon/ Nothing from the ground is good enough."
DeGraw is still kicking around ideas for the video, which he'll shoot later this month with a yet-to-be-determined director. "I think it's important to get involved with [the making of the video] so you can represent yourself properly," he said. "You can't let anybody else do that for you."
Just as he did with the video for "I Don't Want to Be," DeGraw is hoping to share the screen with a gorgeous co-star. "Got to have curves, and I have none. No curves," he said. "I'm looking forward to checking out the headshots. It'll be awesome."
When he'll have time to make a video is anyone's guess, as DeGraw recently launched a headlining tour with Jem that will keep him on the road until May 8 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
A small detour from his headlining trek has also landed DeGraw on the "One Tree Hill" Tour until March 11. Michelle Branch, Tyler Hilton, Jessica Harp and Bethany Joy Lenz are also on that outing.
After the spring tour wraps up, DeGraw hopes to hit the road again in the summer and is "knocking on Tom Petty's door" for a possible opening slot.
Gavin DeGraw tour dates, according to J Records:
- 3/2 - Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater ("One Tree Hill" Tour)
- 3/5 - Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatre ("One Tree Hill" Tour)
- 3/8 - San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield ("One Tree Hill" Tour)
- 3/9 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern ("One Tree Hill" Tour)
- 3/11 - Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues ("One Tree Hill" Tour)
- 3/17 - Johnson City, NY @ Magic City Music Hall
- 3/18 - New York, NY @ Roseland Ballroom
- 3/29 - Pomona, NJ @ Richard Stockton College
- 3/30 - Lewiston, ME @ Bates College
- 3/31 - Orono, ME @ University of Maine
- 4/2 - Baltimore, MD @ University of Maryland
- 4/4 - Fredericksburg, VA @ University of Mary Washington
- 4/5 - Brookeville, NY @ Long Island University
- 4/7 - Rochester, NY @ St. John Fisher College
- 4/8 - Saratoga Springs, NY @ Skidmore College
- 4/9 - Bloomsburg, PA @ Bloomsburg University
- 4/10 - Allentown, PA @ Muhlenberg College
- 4/12 - Ann Arbor, MI @ Michigan Theater
- 4/13 - Toledo, OH @ Club Bayou
- 4/14 - Toronto, ON @ Revival
- 4/26 - Warrensburg, MO @ Central Missouri State U.
- 4/27 - Russellville, AR @ Arkansas Tech University
- 4/28 - New Orleans, LA @ Saengar Theatre
- 4/30 - Kansas City, MO @ Rockhurst College
- 5/1 - Dubuque, I @ Clark College
- 5/3 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Calvin College
- 5/4 - Mt. Pleasant, MI @ Central Michigan University
- 5/6 - Norfolk, VA @ Town Point Park
- 5/7 - Elon, NC @ Elon University
- 5/8 - Winston-Salem, NC @ Ziggy's