Gavin DeGraw shares how his late parents inspired 'Face the River,' his most personal album yet

Peter Sblendorio, New York Daily News on

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The new album is the first since 2016 for DeGraw, who calls it the most personal project of his career.

“There’s life lessons throughout the record,” DeGraw said. “Just normal life stuff, man. The stuff that’s been missing, I feel like, in the current era of music. This album is written with a tint of the (Bruce) Springsteens and the (Bob) Segers, that 1970s songwriter approach of everyday life poetry. Just blue-collar poetry, man, and acknowledging so much of our society that just doesn’t have any songs written about it right now.”

DeGraw is in the middle of his “Full Circle” tour, which included a show at The Paramount in Huntington last weekend, and Manhattan concerts at City Winery on Sunday and at The Bitter End this Friday and Saturday.

He says he loves doing shows in New York because he got his start performing at bars near his hometown.

“It was an unusual upbringing in that regard, a teenager playing in bars on a school night, but that’s how the start happened, so New York is always going to be extra special for me,” DeGraw said. “I mean, I’m a New Yorker. I’m not a New York City New Yorker, although I did live there for years. I’ll always feel like an upstate guy.”


DeGraw made sure his current tour included stops at Greenwich Village’s famed The Bitter End, which was the first New York City venue to offer him a gig all those years ago.

“We named the tour ‘Full Circle,’ because when I played this album to my dad, he said to me, ‘Full circle.’ And I asked him what he meant, and he said it’s because it sounds like he remembers me sounding when I was just playing in bars.”


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