If video killed the radio star then tweeting and texting have killed the spelling and grammar star. Seriously, those 140 characters and word shortcuts have all but undone everything I learned in college. But I digress. Unlike my grammar, Andy Grammer is doing quite well. Did you see what I did there? Sigh. Off-putting segues aside, the Californian's self-titled debut album has already scored two mega-hit singles in soon-to-be platinum "Keep Your Head Up" and soon-to-be gold "Fine By Me." A third hit track with an "illuminating" music video -- "Miss Me" -- is right on its heels. Grammer, who has toured with Train, Gavin DeGraw and Colbie Caillat, recently hosted the red carpet coverage for the American Music Awards and will soon embark on a headlining tour. Days before he hit the AMA's, and weeks before touring, he stopped by for an A-Sides session at the Music Conservatory of Westchester. There, he performed "Miss Me" and let me interview him with what I will simply refer to as "Jon's shaky cam" fittingly -- for my intro anyway -- inside a classroom.
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About A-Sides with Jon Chattman:
Jon Chattman's music series features artists (established or not) from all genres performing a track, and discussing what it means to them. This informal series focuses on the artist making art in a low-threatening, extremely informal (sometimes humorous) way. No bells, no whistles -- just the music performed in a random, low-key setting followed by an unrehearsed chat. In an industry where everything often gets overblown and over manufactured, I'm hoping this is refreshing.