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David Gray at The Fox, 3 Things To Know
David Gray has landed himself a spot on one of odd couple tours of the year.
The British troubadour is on the road with Americana Grammy Award winner Alison Krauss, a combination -- perhaps Collison -- of styles that both he and Krauss consider complementary. It comes in the wake of Grayâs first-ever âBest ofâ album, reviewing his first 25 years including his massively successful 1998 album âWhite Ladderâ and its hit âBabylon.â
Meanwhile Gray, 49, is also preparing 10th album, the follow-up to 2014âs âMutineers,â for release in 2018...
â˘ Gray agrees that thereâs âobviously such a huge contrast between where my music comes from and Alisonâs whole approach, which is so American.â Nevertheless, he says by phone from New York, âI think itâs healthy. I like the contrast, and thatâs the reason Iâm sort of out doing the tour. I wasnât planning to tour, but this sounded worthwhile. I was in the studio working on a new album, but it was tempting enough I thought Iâd make time for this.â
â˘ Gray was already a Krauss fan prior to touring with her and is only moreso now. âItâs amazing,â he says. âShe has an incredible band. She has an amazing voice. Sheâs an astonishing musician, so precise and will-constructed. Itâs wonderful to watch from the side of the stage.â
â˘ Gray says his next album is ânearly done, I would say 80 percent,â which a few things he hopes to finish this fall, after the Krauss tour, for an early 2017 release. âItâs probably the most uplifting set of songs that Iâve recorded,â he says. âIâm not sure why -- Iâm not sure I felt highly uplifted all the time, but itâs the way the music has gone. I think creatively I feel very free. It was just a happy accident of finding a young producer; We really clicked and the joy of making it pervaded all. Thereâs lightness to the music thatâs more in the direction of âMutineersâ and âWhite Ladder.â It has a real uplifting power, so Iâm excited about getting it out there.â
If You Go:
â˘ David Gray and Alison Krauss
â˘ 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4.
â˘ Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit.
â˘ Tickets are $35-$125.
* Call 313-471-6611 or visit olympiaentertainment.com.
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