During college at Southern Methodist University, Colton started gigging around Dallas. He found an eager audience both locally and otherwise, courtesy of the world wide web. Colton’s self-made recordings showcased enough of his talent to land him an opening slot with Counting Crows in late 2002. It seems Adam Duritz caught an earful of his catchy tunes and the rest, as they say, is history… though still in the making. More tours followed with the likes of Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer, Maroon 5, Train, and so on.
Along the way, his albums – including Drive in 2004 and Here Right Now in 2007 – kept building some major momentum thanks to the aforementioned television appearances and some key promo placements of his songs. Once you can count Oprah among your listeners, you’re pretty well set. (She used his “Telescope” tune on The Big Give.)
In 2009, Colton issued a series of EPs in Twenty Something, Pictures on the Wall, and Dashboard Memory. Because NoiseTraders flocked to his page when he offered Twenty Something, he recently decided to put his latest effort, Pacific Coast Eyes, up on the auction block for a very limited time. That seemed like the perfect opportunity to hit him with some questions.NoiseTrade: How does playing music differ from – or relate to – playing football?
Graham Colton: Wow! You guys really did your research. Hopefully there are no photos floating around. Ha ha! Playing football is way harder because if you mess up, you could lose the game and some of the greatest moments in performing happen when you mess up.
NT: Most of the artists who come out of Oklahoma go into country
music (Reba McEntire, Garth Brooks, Carrie Underwood, et al). How
did you plant your roots so firmly in pop/rock?
NT: Your songs are about as radio-ready as they come, and I mean
that in a good way. What muses and influences do you draw from in
order to craft such accessible little ditties?
NT: With all the big tours and television appearances you’ve
enjoyed, how does it feel to be living the dream? Does your experience
line up with what you read in So You Wanna Be A Rock & Roll Star?
NT: As an independent artist, which tactics – film/TV licensing,
touring, television performances, music giveaways, etc. – do
you credit with being the most successful for you in terms of building
your fan base?