Jon Dee Grahamwith:
- Mike June
Jon Dee Graham is the only musician to ever be inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame 3 separate times, no small feat in a town that has boasted the likes of Willie Nelson, Doug Sahm, Asleep at the Wheel and Spoon. Graham first came upon the scene as a member of The Skunks, one of America's first touring punk bands (opening for The Clash and The Ramones), and came to national prominence as a member of roots-rock pioneers The True Believers with Alejandro Escovedo. He has also been a trusted sideman for acts like John Doe (X), Michelle Shocked, Kelly Willis and Alejandro Escovedo. But it is his own songwriting that has earned him the reputation as a Texas Legend, prompting notable music writer Bill Bentley to opine “He's one of the best Texas songwriters ever, and Lord only knows why he isn't talked about in the same sentences as Willie Nelson and Townes Van Zandt.” Graham didn't release his first solo record, “Escape from Monster Island”, until 1997, at the age of 37. And since then he has released 8 critically-acclaimed records, had his songs covered by Patty Smythe, The Gourds and James McMurtry,and survived a life-threatening car crash. His latest release, “Garage Sale”, finds him at his best, weaving seamlessly through various genres, from the 70's piano-pop of “Yes, Yes” to the Motorhead-esque “Where Were Yr Friends” and even touching Mexican Dub-step on “Radio Uxtmal”.Graham is certainly a survivor and his music teems with experience, emotion and depth.