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Interview:
Andy Grammer at Saint Andrews, 3 Things To Know
 

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

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Andy Grammer is a long way from the days he used to busk out on Santa Monica.

The singer-songwriter has three albums to his credit now since 2011, along with hits such as “Honey, I’m Good” and “Fresh Eyes.” His latest release, “The Good Parts,” came out in December, his first since becoming a father eight months ago with his wife and fellow singer, Aijia.

Not surprisingly, there are plenty of “good parts” for Grammer, 34, to talk about as he maintains a typically busy touring schedule...

• Grammer says by phone that he’s seeing plenty of evidence at his shows that his audiences is good with “The Good Parts.” “It’s always such an interesting thing when you put out art because you don’t know how it’s going to be received,” he explains. “This is the first time when, off, the bat, I’m playing most of the album and everybody knows all the lyrics to all the cuts. It’s super validating. It means something I touched on is resonating.”

• That’s particularly rewarding for Grammer on “The Good Parts,” because this time, he says, “I really wanted to dig below the surface. WE all have a story, a personal story. I think it’s funny right now because on social media you call it Your Story, even. We’re hearing our stories all day long, but it seems a trite thing when you’re sharing it like that. So this time I wanted to dig deeper and be OK if that looks a little bit weird, y’know?”

• Even though he logs plenty of miles on the road, Grammer has not lost enthusiasm for his musical career. “It’s just really fun to know that you can be as excited, or more excited, as it grows and keeps going,” he says. “It’s my third album and I’m still so psyched; It means maybe on my seventh album I’ll still be psyched. I’m grateful to have a true base of people who are in it with me and are as or more excited than they’ve ever been, too. That’s real encouraging, ‘cause this is a career that’s kind of like ‘The Hunger Game;’ The bell goes off and everybody rushes into the woods, and a lot of the friends I started with have died off or stopped. But I still feel really incredible and fulfilled and loving this really special thing.”



If You Go:

• Andy Grammer

• Tuesday, April 3. Doors open at 7 p.m.

• Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit.

• Tickets are $30.50 in advance, $33 day of show.

• Call 313-961-8137 or visit saintandrewsdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.saintandrewsdetroit.com

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