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David Gray at the Boardwalk Stage.

Ben Fogletto

Music festivals such as the Dave Matthews Band Caravan are a good way to catch up on performers that people may have lost track of over the years.

For instance, what happened to David Gray, who had a multi-million selling CD in 1998 titled "White Ladder," which included his best known hit "Babylon"?

The English singer-songwriter was the last act on the main stage Sunday before the closing set by the Dave Matthews Band.

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The good news is that Gray, 43, has put out plenty of songs since then with his adult-contemporary, folk-rock sound that are as good as "Babylon." The songs that got fan approval Sunday included "Lately" and "The One I Love" from 2005 and "Draw The Line" from 2009.

 The problem was most of Gray's material was pleasant midtempo songs or ballads. 

For people who just wanted to mellow out before Dave Matthews, Gray was fine. For music fans who wanted to get hyped up by the main stage act like Damian Marley did Saturday, it would have been better to have had the more rocking Grace Potter - who was playing across the field - playing on the main stage instead.


-- Scott Cronick


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