Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Hooray for Jon Dee Graham

If there were any justice in the Texas music bidness, Jon Dee Graham would not be some obscure Austin musician leftover from the heyday of the so-called New Sincerity movement (viz. Alejandro Escovedo). He's a product of Southwest Texas, and was a potent force in the little known ATX punk scene of the '70s. Since the late '90s, Jon Dee has released a string of discs, each one better than the last. His trademark growl, and evocative songwriting makes Graham a latter day hero worth your time. His last disc, The Great Battle, earned postive notes from Rolling Stone and others; the forthcoming Full might just establish him as something other than just a No Depression sweetheart.

Listen to cuts here and here.

JDG plays the Austin Chronicle music awards on Wednesday (tomorrow), March 15; Thursday, March 16, he plays a media party with Escovedo, and at midnight takes the stage at the Whiskey Bar on West Fifth.


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