Sunday, December 2, 2012

Monday To-Do: Jon Dee Graham

Posted By on Sun, Dec 2, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Jon Dee Graham plays at Stickyz Monday.
  • Jon Dee Graham plays at Stickyz Monday.

8 p.m. Stickyz. $10 adv., $15 day of.

A veteran of Austin's underground music scene, Jon Dee Graham cut his teeth with punk legends The Skunks in the 1970s and later teamed up with Alejandro Escovedo to form the seminal Cowpunk band the True Believers.

Since then he's been churning out the kind of solo albums that leave music critics cursing the injustice that he ain't given the credit he's due. Well, he is in some quarters: He's the only person ever thrice inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame, once with the Skunks, once with the Believers, and once in his own right. Check out his album "Garage Sale" right here.

As befitting someone who is a little bit country and a little bit rock 'n' roll, Graham has shared the bill with everyone from The Clash to Patty Griffin, but his latest album is definitely on the grizzled-singer/songwriter end of the spectrum. Growling his way through damaged-survivor anthems, Graham is splendid — this is what Tom Waits would sound like if he'd done more screaming as a young man.

Fellow Austin songwriter Mike June opens.

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