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 it’s riches but for it’s 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.
Mike June – Singer-songwriter Mike June has been touring constantly. In the past three years, he has played close to 600 shows, visiting 48 States, Canada and the UK. This breakneck pace, he says, is necessary for an artist like himself to survive in today’s ever-changing music business . “I don’t have much of a choice,” says June when asked why he spends most of his year on the road, driving six to eight hours a day, sometime only to play in front of a handful of listeners. “I’m doing this without a record label or radio promotion , so in order to connect with my fans, I have to go town to town and play my songs for people to hear them.” With typical self-deprecating humor, he adds “I’m like a door-to-door song salesman.”