Singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw's Nashville connections run deep, but he was busy Saturday (Feb. 1) performing to a packed house in Montclair, N.J., during VH1's Super Bowl Blitz.
He capped six nights of concerts on VH1, following sets by J. Cole, Janelle Monae, Fall Out Boy, TLC and the Goo Goo Dolls.
DeGraw and his brother, Joey, are owners of the National Underground, a music club on Nashville's Lower Broadway. DeGraw is also a frequent visitor to Nashville's Blackbird Studio, owned by Martina McBride and husband John, one of the city's most respected audio engineers.
The time spent in the studio has yielded some interesting collaborations recently, including DeGraw's contribution to McBride and Sara Evans' upcoming albums.
For McBride's Everlasting, set for release March 4, she and DeGraw collaborated on a duet of the Sam Cooke classic, "Bring It on Home to Me." He also joins Evans on "Not Over You," a track on Slow Me Down, scheduled to arrive March 11. DeGraw isn't the only non-country act Evans has been working with. Slow Me Down also includes a duet with the Fray's Isaac Slade on "Can't Stop Loving You."
Later this month, DeGraw will be heading overseas for a tour that includes stops in England, France, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Austria and Italy, but he'll be back in Nashville for a March 26 show at the Ryman Auditorium with Parachute and Rozzi Crane.
In the meantime, enjoy his performance of his hit "Best I Ever Had" on VH1's Super Bowl Blitz.