Gavin DeGraw recently stopped by the studios at Fresh 102.7 in NYC to chat with morning personalities Jim & Kim. Gavin, a New York native, has been trying to adapt to southern life in Nashville, TN. However, he can’t seem to stay away from the bright New York lights and 24-hour delivery.

DeGraw said he’s been trying for a while to relocate to Nashville, but he’s having trouble fully submerging himself into a new lifestyle. “Even having a place in Nashville, I’m just not there as much as I end up being in New York,” DeGraw said. “I still haven’t really been able to plant myself in the town as much as I really want to.”

One thing the musician, who now has a branch of his bar, National Underground in Nashville, has been able to experience during his stay in the south is the music scene.

He said there are tons of artists in east Nashville, which has many similarities to the New York’s East Village. But he admits, the biggest difference between those artists who have chosen Tennessee over NYC, is the money they’re saving on their rent.

“No one can really afford to be in New York City,” DeGraw said. “We all know no matter how good the year is you have in New York, you’re always like, ‘You know, an extra, like, thousand bucks would really be huge this year.'”

Another big, important difference between the two cities, is the size of the closets.

Ladies, you heard it here. DeGraw said there’s just nothing quite like a dreamy, Nashville closet. They’re as big as the bedrooms in New York City apartments.

“I’m like, ‘Wow! This is a seven bedroom apartment!'” he said. “They’re like, ‘Actually, no, Gavin, this is a one bedroom. That’s a pantry closet.'”

As a New Yorker, food is a high priority when it comes to settling into a new city. He said he hasn’t even been able to try Nashville’s Chinese food and knows there are certain staples of New York you can’t get anywhere else. He’s still looking for Nashville’s version of Katz’s Deli, a sandwich staple in New York City.

Watch Gavin talk about the two cities below:

–Sarah Scroggins, CBS Local/Fresh 102.7


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