“Jon Dee Graham is the silver lining, reluctant as he may be about it. He's humor in heartbreak and tears at a wedding. He'll break the fifth (and sixth) wall and pull you with him to a world of darkest nights and brightest days. In two words: sucker punch.” John Fullbright "Jon Dee Graham is the Titan of American songwriters." - Jason Isbell After 9 solo albums, Graham’s career has turned into a social media-driven and uniquely inspiring collaboration between him and his fans. Graham’s ability to land his punches comes not only from his prowess as a lyricist, but also from his inventiveness as a guitarist. Graham has been making mighty noises issue from his guitar since he joined, in 1979 at age 20, the pioneering Austin punk band the Skunks. The next two decades led Graham through stints with the True Believers and in the touring bands of X founder John Doe and Austin songwriter Kelly Willis. Graham also lent his guitar chops to records by the Silos, the Gourds, his former True Believers bandmate Alejandro Escovedo and James McMurtry. Jon Dee has been playing his Continental Club Wednesday night residency for 2 decades.
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