"Eclectic" is the word used by Gavin DeGraw to describe the much-anticipated follow up to his platinum J Records debut, "Chariot." Of the 20 songs currently in the mix, the New York native says styles

"Eclectic" is the word used by Gavin DeGraw to describe the much-anticipated follow up to his platinum J Records debut, "Chariot." Of the 20 songs currently in the mix, the New York native says styles he's attacking include comparisons to Bob Dylan, Tom Waits and Maroon 5.

"I'm not marrying myself to any one thing," the singer/songwriter tells Billboard.com.
"I'm really experimenting with styles. I'm not making the most avant-garde thing in the world but I'm definitely attacking a lot of different types of material."

DeGraw hopes to be finished recording in October with a January release date for his as-yet-untitled sophomore release. Songs expected to make the final cut are "Medicate the Kids," "Cop Stop" and "Sometimes You Need a Few Drinks to Fall in Love."

Released in July 2003, "Chariot" peaked at No. 103 on The Billboard 200. A year later, the set was reissued with a bonus disc with acoustic versions of the album's cuts. "Chariot - Stripped" peaked at No. 53 on the album chart. Together, the titles have sold nearly 1.1 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

With his first album producing hit singles "Chariot," "Follow Through" and "I Don't Want To Be" (the latter pegged as theme song to WB series "One Tree Hill"), DeGraw feels he's successfully eschewed any pressure to write another pop hit.

"I feel like the public in general is in such a great reactionary period of rejecting the over-pop type mentality of what goes on with music, it's almost like anybody's game and anything is game," DeGraw says. "Anything is acceptable musically, lyrically. It's almost a better time than ever to be putting music out there."

In addition to teasing fans with the recently released digital single "We Belong Together," which was certified gold this past March, DeGraw is boarding a train for a whistle stop trip across America as headliner of the Miller Lite Taste Revolution tour. The 12-stop jaunt features DeGraw performing aboard the passenger train, as well as a club headliner in eight cities. This includes tonight's (May 18) kick-off show at the Avalon in Los Angeles.

Once the railway outing is over, DeGraw will balance his schedule between finishing the album and touring commitments, which include late summer European festival dates.

"It's just something I get to do to stay accessible, stay involved and tap into society and see what people are into," says DeGraw, who was spotted in the audience at last night's "American Idol" results show. "It's just a great opportunity for me and I think on my own personal boredom level, I have to be on the road."