Jon Dee Graham

Jon Dee Graham

Jon Dee Graham is a legend on the Austin music scene. He's been inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame three times, in 2000 as a solo artist, in 2008 as a member of the Skunks, and in 2009 as a member of the True Believers. In 2006, the readers of the Austin Chronicle named him Austin Musician of the Year. In 2008, Graham was the subject of a portrait-of-the-artist documentary, Swept Away, which is available nationally on DVD. In its final issue, No Depression magazine called the film, "superb." Shortly after the films release in the Spring of 2008, Graham survived a one car crash on Texas' I-35 that claimed his spleen, left him with a zipper scar up his chest, and permanently wreaked havoc on his back and neck. Despite a massive hospital bill – or perhaps because of it – Graham was back at work about one month later at his beloved Continental Club in Austin. He's barely slowed down since, finding time to write and record a new album – his first studio record since 2006 -- and making time to develop a new weekly live residency, Jon Dee and Friend, -- whose guests have included Kelly Willis, Alejandro Escovedo, James McMurtry, & Curt Kirkwood amongst others. It's Not As Bad As it Looks, Graham's 2010 release is about -- you guessed it – second chances, hope, sin & redemption, the constant search for higher meaning and a path forward, and trying to walk that fine line life often forces upon you. And it's all delivered through Jon Dee Graham's unique prism of pointed lyrics, searing guitar, and arrangements that sway between touching ballads and balls out rock with a punk edge. "I know this is loaded and I am way too close to it" Graham says, "but I think it's my best record since my first one, Escape From Monster Island." It's Not As Bad As It Looks was recorded at Austin's Wire Recording with Stuart Sullivan at the helm. Graham produced with his long-time musical partner and cohort, Mike Hardwick. Another stalwart compadre, Andrew Duplantis, of Son Volt, was on bass. And Joey Sheffield held down the backbeat with help from another Austin fixture, drummer Daren Hess. It's Not As Bad As It Looks is Graham's seventh record overall and his fourth album with Freedom Records.

Mike June

Mike June is a singer and songwriter from Austin, TX. Born and raised in New Jersey, in the shadows of New York City, June writes songs about the complexities of modern life with a frank, earnest style befitting a man raised ten miles from the George Washington Bridge. June's grandfather, Vernon, was a country singer in the 40's and 50's, making a name for himself locally by performing the songs of Hank Williams at the weekly Bear Mountain square-dance. Naturally, Mike grew up in a house filled with the sounds of Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson and Bruce Springsteen while the New York oldies station introduced him to the British Invasion, Motown and doo-wop. June carried a Kiss lunchbox in grade school and spent his allowance on AC/DC and Rush tapes. He got his first electric guitar at 13 and began to write songs.


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