By: Rob Brayl
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

Wednesday night I attended a taping/benefit concert in Central Park for Feel Free.

The concert was an event for documentarian Ken Burns’ upcoming PBS film, “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea”. Performers included: Alison Krauss, Gavin DeGraw, Carole King, Counting Crows, Peter Yarrow, & Eric Benet, among others, all coming out in support of the cause.

It was the first time I had ever seen Alison Krauss live and she blew me away. As horribly Hallmark as it might sound, her voice is truly that of an angel. I found it quite poetic to be standing on dirt (something that doesn’t happen too often in the concrete jungle of Manhattan), next to gigantic trees with a history all their own, in a city known for it’s hip hop & rock n’ roll, listening to bluegrass. Krauss, without a doubt, left the audience in a trance–her voice heavily hypnotic, silencing the noise & chaos of the world that lie outside the park’s walls. You can check out a snippet of her performance below.

Gavin DeGraw, who I have met several years ago when his debut album first dropped, performed Chariot, and took the crowd to more of a feel-good state. DeGraw seems to remain unaffected–a humble fella, who besides being talented musically, has a charming sweet nature that remains a factor in what makes the singer stand out from his peers in the backdrop of popular music.

Check out this charming sweet nature I speak of, as Gavin discusses his love for nature, below.

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