Jon Dee Graham has been a staple in Austin’s punk and rock n’ roll diet since the 70’s. The documented history of Graham’s music career begins when he dropped out of law school at University of Texas to join the Skunks. After opening up for bands like the Clash and the Ramones, Graham left the group to back blues singer Lou Ann Barton before joining the seminal True Believers with Alejandro Escovedo and his brother. Graham has also played with John Doe and Exene Cervenka of X, Kelly Willis, Patty Griffin, and many more.
Jon Dee Graham’s impressive resume with other bands and musicians does not even begin to eclipse his canonized solo career. Add eight solo records, a documentary, and the recent City Council proclamation that March 3rd is officially Jon Dee Graham Day to the story of his illustrious career. His latest release however is not new music, but a book of illustrations, mostly of bears, titled Love Notes From the Bear.
Jon Dee Graham came into Studio 1A for an some songs and a great interview last Friday, March 3rd. He was backed by Andrew Duplantis on bass, and George Duron on drums.