Colton: Band leaves Crows nest, joins 'circus'
By CHRIS WELCH
Times Entertainment Writer
Graham Colton ticked off the stats without even thinking. "Four trailers, two vans, 200,000 miles and 28 flat tires," Colton said during a phone call somewhere outside Athens, Ga., in the midst of what he described as another "500-mile road trip."
"It's been three years of nonstop touring. It's been an ongoing circus," Colton said.
Nobody ever said it would be easy being in a pop/rock 'n' roll band, but the lead singer of the Graham Colton Band certainly isn't complaining. The group's debut album on Universal Records, "Drive," made several "Best of 2004" album lists, and the band was also nominated as one of the top bands of 2004 by several groups.
It all started in late 2002 when Colton and his bandmates, who were getting a lot of buzz in Dallas, got a call from the Counting Crows. Would Colton and his buds like to take the opening slot on the Crows' upcoming tour?
"I was in college at SMU in Dallas, and we didn't really know
if we wanted to be a band," Colton said. "We had kinda started
playing and generating some interest as the Graham Colton Band when
Adam Durwitz of the Counting Crows called. They were doing a
His professors? "Yeah, they were fans, too," Colton said.
"It was one of those things * I know it sounds corny * but once-in-a-lifetime
opportunities. I remember the Counting Crows were the first CD in my
car. I was such a huge, huge fan. So, it was quite flattering when they
called. "Counting Crows took us under their wing," guitarist
Drew Nichols said. "Every
In the middle of the tour with the Counting Crows, after playing three
straight sold-out shows at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York, Graham
Colton and his band had a Thursday night free and headed to the Mercury
Lounge, the famous Soho club where the Strokes
After signing with Universal, a stint with the Wallflowers followed. Then John Mayer. Then Guster. For the last three years, the five-man band has remained on the road, writing songs and discovering influences new and old. The first single from the album was "Don't Give Up on Me" and the second single, "Cigarette," is due out soon.
last year, the Graham Colton Band got rave reviews after opening for
Train at Redstone Arsenal. "I think we're at the stage of our careers
where we're still learning how to be headliners and having a blast as
openers," Colton said. "I'm 23 years old and a work