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I Hate Christmas

I’m on the phone with my father, Jon Dee Graham, while he’s hesitantly driving through snow on his way from Illinois to Kansas. Waiting for his return at this time of year is typical of my family. Although the lives of traveling musicians take a toll on their families at the holidays, my dad always makes it home for Christmas. Read More | Comment »

3:47PM Fri. Dec. 19, William Harries Graham

Grace Park & the Deer’s Indomitable Spirit

The Deer celebrates it sophomore album this week. On the Essence of the Indomitable Spirit no doubt had something to do with KUTX making the locals its December band of the month. Singer Grace Park says theirs is a work about becoming invincible after loss. Read More | Comment »

3:00PM Fri. Dec. 12, William Harries Graham

The Way of Wrenfro

Since he was 16, Tony Scalzo knew music would be his path in life. The story of his million-selling local trio Fastball is the stuff Austin legends are made of. “We play all over the country and it‘s still a blast,” says the guitarist/bassist. Since 2013, his other band Wrenfro has become his passion. Catch their Wednesday night residency at Strange Brew. Read More | Comment »

9:30AM Tue. Nov. 4, William Harries Graham

Folk Goddess Behind the Curtain: Dalis Allen

In 1972, Dalis Allen drove her mom’s 1955 turquoise Chevy Bel Air to her first Kerrville Folk Festival. Thirty years later, 2002, she took over producing the globally-attended hootenany when founder Rod Kennedy retired. She’s in Austin putting on the Southwest Regional Folk Alliance Conference at the Holiday Inn midtown beginning Thursday. Read More | Comment »

2:30PM Wed. Sep. 24, William Harries Graham

The Return of 8 ½ Souvenirs

Calling all dancers, have you heard the word? Happy days are here again. Olivier Giraud, Glover Gill, and Kathy Kiser Benayoun have returned as 8 ½ Souvenirs. The band can be heard every Tuesday at C-Boy’s Heart & Soul. After a long break, the Austin institution reignites its soundtrack for swingers, cavorting once again on Congress Avenue to the Lindy Hop. Read More | Comment »

11:30AM Tue. Sep. 16, William Harries Graham

Lily Allen, Sheezus!

UK pop star Lily Allen brings glamor to Stubb’s Sunday. Stylish, outspoken, the 29-year-old singer remains a reliable hitmaker behind “The Fear,” “Hard Out Here,” and “F*** You.” Married to Sam Cooper, a builder and half brother of Tarka Cordell, Allen phoned in to say she’s “thrilled” to be back out on the road behind her third LP, May’s Sheezus. Read More | Comment »

4:20PM Fri. Sep. 12, William Harries Graham

Danny Schmidt: Slow & Easy & Winning the Race

Danny Schmidt remains the kind of beloved folk troubadour that begins a Kickstarter campaign for a new album called Owls, and by the next day he’s halfway to his goal. That’s how much fanatics love this Austinite’s music. He’s also embarking on a new journey, marrying the love of his life in October – local songbird Carrie Elkin. Their For Keeps is out now. Read More | Comment »

12:20PM Fri. Sep. 5, William Harries Graham

Kerrville Fall Folk Fest & Island Folk Festival

I played the Kennedy stage at the Kerrville Fall Folk Festival Saturday night. My dad, Jon Dee Graham, and I have become a duo for just such very special occasions, which I’m in love with as much as jumping off the Continental Club stage in a rock & roll spasm. I joke that I bring Bob Dylan Newport Folk Festival shock to folk with my electric guitar. Read More | Comment »

1:15PM Tue. Sep. 2, William Harries Graham

Adam Carroll: Let It Choose You

Hailing from Tyler, Adam Carroll remains one of the best singer-songwriters in his home state. Many consider his “Rice Birds” a peak: “I was thinking of you when the rice birds flew/ When the false dawn came with the morning dew.” He sang it at Jenni Finlay’s anniversary party last week, while locals said under their breath, “Yes, that’s Adam Carroll.” Read More | Comment »

12:35PM Tue. Aug. 26, William Harries Graham

Jenni Finlay Promotions Turns 8

Had she not become one of the most respected radio promoters in the business, Jenni Finlay might have been a horror movie critic. The local’s first campaign was James McMurtry’s Live in Aught-Three. “Everything I know about radio promotion, and most of what I know about the music business, I learning while working a McMurtry album,” confirms Finlay. Read More | Comment »

11:45AM Wed. Aug. 20, William Harries Graham

Respectable Enemy: Curtis McMurtry

Last January, we sat down with Curtis McMurtry on the eve of his graduation from Sarah Lawrence College and his relocation to Nashville. A third generation Texan, grandson to Lone Star legend Larry McMurtry, and son of Americana scourge James McMurtry, he’s now back in Austin and celebrating his debut LP, Respectable Enemy, on Saturday at Strange Brew. Read More | Comment »

2:00PM Fri. Aug. 15, William Harries Graham

Laura Thomas Dishes Combo Plate Booking

Fifteen years ago, Laura Thomas left her job in hospice care to start Combo Plate Booking. Since then, her chief passions – music, tea, and travel – have defined the Austin native. Longest client Michael Fracasso anchors a local roster that includes Matt the Electrician, Betty Soo, Curtis McMurtry, Beaver Nelson, and Nathan Hamilton. Read More | Comment »

2:30PM Fri. Aug. 8, William Harries Graham

Eve & the Exiles in August

Eve Monsees owns Antone’s Records with husband Mike Buck. A local since she was 8, the guitarist came up with Gary Clark Jr., who thanked her immediately when he won a Grammy. The year she graduated high school, she began Eve & the Exiles with Buck, who she was working with at Antone’s. The couple, along with Forrest Coppack, assumed ownership in 2008. Read More | Comment »

1:00PM Tue. Jul. 29, William Harries Graham

Take Me Home: Kelley Mickwee

Kelley Mickwee’s You Used to Live Here drops today. After spending years singing as a duo with Jed Zimmerman and finding success with the currently on-hiatus Trishas, Mickwee went back to her personal drawing board, starting from scratch as a solo artist. Read More | Comment »

12:15PM Tue. Jul. 22, William Harries Graham

Tommy Ramone Goes Gold

Tommy Ramone, the last original member of the Ramones, died from cancer Friday. There’s little doubt that the musical and cultural impact of his band will last as long as Mozart’s. Read More | Comment »

2:00PM Tue. Jul. 15, William Harries Graham

Matt Harlan's Highway Anthem

Matt Harlan recently released his third album, Raven Hotel, on Houston Americana micro-label Berkalin Records. Recorded locally at Ace Recording and produced by Rich Brotherton, with appearances from Austin figures like Bukka Allen, Jon Greene, and bassist Glenn Fukanaga, it’s shot to No. 1 on the EuroAmericanaChart in just two weeks. Read More | Comment »

10:12AM Fri. Jul. 11, William Harries Graham

Twelve Tales from A.J. Croce

A.J. Croce returns to Austin on Saturday at the Strange Brew thanks to February’s Twelve Tales. His father Jim Croce (“Time in a Bottle,” “Bad, Bad, Leroy Brown”) died in a 1973 plane crash when he was 2, but A.J. Croce’s been his own musician since the beginning, a dynamic performer and songwriter moving from blues to pop with ease and skill. Read More | Comment »

1:30PM Thu. Jul. 3, William Harries Graham

Jess Klein’s Leap of Faith

Thursday night at Strange Brew, Jess Klein celebrates the release of Learning Faith, produced by her manager Mark Addison. Klein moved here in 2008 from New York. Within the first month, she met Addison, who propositioned her. “He made the offer that if I dog sat for him while he was away I could use his studio to demo my new songs for free.” Read More | Comment »

1:30PM Wed. Jul. 2, William Harries Graham

Like Father, Like Son

Last year, local guitarist and Bob Dylan’s band leader Charlie Sexton said to me: “A band is only as good as its drummer.” If Sexton’s words are true, Jeff Tweedy is in good hands with his son Spencer maintaining his backbeat. Read More | Comment »

12:45PM Mon. Jun. 23, William Harries Graham

Your Window Into the Austin Invasion Music Festival

I first read about Concert Window last fall and immediately told my dad, Jon Dee Graham, about it. He's been using Concert Window ever since. Not a technical guy, Dad finds Concert Window easy to use. I call it high-tech streaming for the low-tech musician. Read More | Comment »

3:26PM Thu. Jun. 19, William Harries Graham

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