Jon Dee Graham
“Jon Dee Graham is the Titan of American songwriters.” – Jason Isbell
In Greek mythology, the Titans were the earliest gods, descendants of Gaia, the earth, and Uranus, the sky. The Titans ruled during the Golden Age of humanity, which was not named for its riches but for its people, who were good and noble.
Golden, as it were.
We’re not sure Jason Isbell was thinking about a specific race of Greek gods when he called Jon Dee Graham the Titan of American songwriters, but the comparison is apt. More deeply than perhaps any other songwriter working today, Graham works his way through the cracks and fissures of life to find the goodness and nobility of regular people — the gold inside them.
“There’s not one lyric that I’ve recorded anywhere that I cringe when I hear it now,” Jon Dee says. “Not one. Some are better than others, but there’s not one that I’m embarrassed about.”
John Fullbright says this about Graham: “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.”
Songwriter and showman, Jon Dee Graham, was named Austin Musician of the Year during the South by Southwest (SXSW) music conference in 2006 and was inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame three times. Graham was a member of The True Believers, which included Alejandro Escovedo and his brother, Javier Escovedo.
“Like all great troubadours, Mike June makes honest music and sings about things that actually matter. He writes from the heart, plays with an energy that will get you going, and sings with a voice you want to listen to, because it comes from a place that’s one hundred percent real. Okay, the music business ain’t what it used to be, and sometimes it seems like itâ€™s going straight to hell, but not if people like Mike June have their way. Go hear him, and then go hear him again. Mike June is the real deal and if we’re lucky, he just might save the music industry from itself. Either way, you’ll leave feeling better and stronger and with a whole lot of great songs in your head, and what more can you want?” – Scott Sparling, author, “Wire to Wire”
“…lyrics so sharp it’s a wonder June doesn’t cut his tongue on them. I swoon over the songs-for-the-working-class sound of this Austin singer-songwriter. Think The Clash meets Johnny Cash.” -Jennifer Savage, North Coast Journal
“Woody Guthrie meets The Rolling Stones.” -San Antonio Current