Better Than Ezra frontman Kevin Griffin is veering off on his own with his very first full-length solo album Anywhere You Go, set for release Oct. 4, via BMG. The album will tie into his Fall tour and is on sale now.
Over the past year, Griffin (who splits his time between Nashville and Los Angeles) started toying with ideas for the songs that would eventually comprise the new record. He reacquainted himself with classics such as Neil Young’s Harvest and Bob Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks as well as devouring music from the likes of Dawes, Father John Misty, and Mac DeMarco, as he embarked on the solo journey.
“My guiding rule was to do something different; to just do the opposite of my first instinct,” said Griffin. “I wanted to bring all the music that I’m moved by into a collection of songs that didn’t pull from my usual bag of tricks. I started with no expectations, considerations, or concessions other than just wanting to make music that I loved, and I think because of that the whole process has been a joy. I wanted to make a collection of the music that inspires me—from when I was a kid in the seventies to the songs I hear on Spotify playlists now. The title speaks to that. Sonically, the songs go in a lot of different places.”
As a songwriter, Griffin is a a five-time BMI Pop Award winner and ARIAA Award winner. He has also landed multiple No. ones, including Sugarland’s “Stuck Like Glue” and Howie Day’s “Collide” and has had cuts for Christina Perri, Train, The Struts, Barenaked Ladies, Blondie, James Blunt, Moon Taxi, and many more, with his cumulative tally of album and song sales exceeding 30 million copies.
Griffin also co-founded and remains a partner in the popular Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival now in its fifth year. Past performers have included Justin Timberlake, Foo Fighters, and many more.
ANYWHERE YOU GO Tour Dates:
Oct. 3 New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
Oct. 4 New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
Oct. 8 Chicago, IL @ City Winery
Oct. 9 Chicago, IL @ City Winery
Oct. 12 Dallas, TX @ Kessler Theater
Oct. 13 Houston, TX @ Heights Theater
Oct. 24 Franklin, TN @ Franklin Theater
Oct. 25 Atlanta, GA @ Eddie’s Attic
Oct. 26 Atlanta, GA @ Eddie’s Attic
Nov. 3 Los Angeles, CA @ Hotel Café
Nov. 6 Denver, CO @ Soiled Dove
Nov. 7 Denver, CO @ Soiled Dove
Nov. 15 Philadelphia, PA @ City Winery **
Nov. 16 Pawling, NY @ Daryl’s House Club
Nov. 18 Boston, MA @ City Winery
Nov. 19 Washington D.C. @ City Winery **
Nov. 20 Annapolis, MD @ Ram’s Head *
Dec. 3-8 BMI Maui Event
* on sale August 6
**on sale August 9
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