Colton - Long story short
By Mark Beneventi
The full story is a short one.
Chapter one: Song writing in his SMU dorm room.
Chapter two: Demand for his internet-available music. “Kids just heard my stuff on-line and started asking for CDs,” Colton explains. “Napster was a big part of it.”
Chapter three: Forming a band and gigging. “I never wanted to be a singer/songwriter. I always wanted to be in a rock band,” says Colton. “I’m not really happy with the name [of the band].”
Chapter four: The miracle — a call from Adam Duritz of Counting Crows in 2002. “The call was from out of the blue. I guess he heard the CD,” Colton notes. “They wanted us to open up on tour for them.”
Chapter five: “Once one person or record company is into you, then it seems like everybody else wants you too!” Thus tours with Dave Matthews Band and now Kelly Clarkson. “We played a gig in New York and got signed that night,” he says. “We still tour in a van though. We don’t want to take anything for granted.”
The down-to-Earth nature is a breath of fresh air in a polluted industry. “At least I can say I’m a professional musician,” Colton says of reaching any goals. “We aren’t trying to reinvent the wheel. We just enjoy bringing classic rock to a new generation. Lots of these kids never heard of Tom Petty or even Counting Crows.”
With many new tales of friendships gained and lost from doing 300 shows a year, the Graham Colton Band had plenty of material for their brilliant new CD. And however the story ends, the present chapters are already beyond expectation — or as Colton would say, “they’re icing on the cake.”
Catch the band at Nokia Live
on May 10.