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Interview:
David Gray at The Fox, 3 Things To Know
 

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

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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 Gray’s first-ever “Best of” album, reviewing his first 25 years including his massively successful 1998 album “White Ladder” and its hit “Babylon.”

Meanwhile Gray, 49, is also preparing 10th album, the follow-up to 2014’s “Mutineers,” for release in 2018...

• Gray agrees that there’s “obviously such a huge contrast between where my music comes from and Alison’s whole approach, which is so American.” Nevertheless, he says by phone from New York, “I think it’s healthy. I like the contrast, and that’s the reason I’m sort of out doing the tour. I wasn’t planning to tour, but this sounded worthwhile. I was in the studio working on a new album, but it was tempting enough I thought I’d make time for this.”

• Gray was already a Krauss fan prior to touring with her and is only moreso now. “It’s amazing,” he says. “She has an incredible band. She has an amazing voice. She’s an astonishing musician, so precise and will-constructed. It’s wonderful to watch from the side of the stage.”

• Gray says his next album is “nearly done, I would say 80 percent,” which a few things he hopes to finish this fall, after the Krauss tour, for an early 2017 release. “It’s probably the most uplifting set of songs that I’ve recorded,” he says. “I’m not sure why -- I’m not sure I felt highly uplifted all the time, but it’s 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. There’s lightness to the music that’s more in the direction of ‘Mutineers’ and ‘White Ladder.’ It has a real uplifting power, so I’m excited about getting it out there.”



If You Go:

• David Gray and Alison Krauss

• 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4.

• Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit.

• Tickets are $35-$125.

* Call 313-471-6611 or visit olympiaentertainment.com.



Web Site: olympiaentertainment.com

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