You know the “sensitive” singer/songwriter archetype, right? Give me a dude with an acoustic guitar in his hand and I’m instant putty (in a musical sense, anyway. Anything else would have to be taken on a case-by-case basis). Well, California’s Gary Melvin fits that archetype perfectly. His lyrics definitely qualify him as the “sensitive” type (or at least “self-aware”, if the word “sensitive” conjures up images that are too namby-pamby), and the dude can definitely play guitar. He plays well enough to have caught the ear of the legendary Frankie Valli, for whom he worked for four years. Think John Mayer without the smug douchebaginess. Not only is the guy talented, but he has cheekbones that could cut glass and a surfer-dude look that, with the right opportunity, should land him a steady stream of female fans.
Gary’s second album, “Trust” is available on iTunes and CD Baby. Based on the songs I’ve heard, this guy’s definitely one to watch.
Check out this video of Gary performing an acoustic version of “Always Something There to Remind Me”, a song most readers of this blog will identify with Naked Eyes but has perhaps been most famously identified with Dionne Warwick.