For several minutes before Kevin Garrett took the stage at The Foundry last Tuesday night, the audience shuffled closer to the stage, holding their breath in anticipation. After brief applause as he took the stage, you could hear a pin drop as he launched into “Warn,” the opening song of his new album Hoax, which was conceived several years ago, and finally released at the end of March.
After showcases in London, a trip to Berlin, and a rehearsal in New York City, the Grammy-nominated Pittsburgh native launched his national tour from his home state. When he opened for Mumford & Sons at BB&T Pavilion two years ago, and apologized for being from Pittsburgh, he was booed by 20,000 people. Interviewing him after the show he good-naturedly said, “It was fun in a good way. That’s the best feeling to get booed, because of sports rivalries.” This night is different, though. He’s welcomed with open arms and granted honorary status as a Philadelphian by a small crowd of dedicated fans. Continue reading →