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Random Notes for the Weekend

Posted in Jon Dee Graham, Knoxville Music, R.B. Morris on January 11, 2009 by AmericanaPulse

* This illustration of Over the Rhine comes from a new book called An Indie Rock Alphabet Book. Think of it as a five-year-old’s introduction to Neutral Milk Hotel and Iron and Wine. The book features stylized illustrations of indie artists with two lines of rhyming verse that describe each act. Take Gillian Welch for example…

Though Gillian Welch was raised in L.A.,
Her Songs are rooted in the Appalachian Clay.

An Indie Rock Alphabet Book is the first book published by the good people at Paste Magazine. You can get one for the young Yo La Tengo fan in your family at the Paste Store.

* Remember a few months ago when I told you about Austin, TX artist Jon Dee Graham and how he was severely injured in a car accident?

The good news is that he got better. The bad news is that he was hospitalized again in December with more broken bones and internal injuries after he fell off of a ladder installing Christmas lights at his home. More good news… He got better again, and is about to embark on a European tour with James McMurtry.

Somehow, through all of this, Graham still found time to record a new album with Austin club legends, The Resentments. The album comes out January 20th, but songs: illinois has been given a bit of a sneek preview.

* I finally got my first taste of The Square Room on Friday when R.B. Morris performed there on The Blue Plate Special. The Square Room is Knoxville’s newest listening room that opened a few weeks ago. Now, all Friday Blue Plates (WDVX’s live, free, lunchtime concert series) will be held at The Square Room with Monday – Thursday shows remaining at the Knoxville Visitor’s Center. You can listen to the Blue Plate live every weekday at WDVX’s website.

Anyway… The Square Room is a very nice space and a great spot for a mid-day gathering in downtown Knoxville. The room itself is big and open with good sound and plenty of clear sightlines to the stage. R.B. Morris was a great artist for my first visit to the venue as well. He played. He sang. He told stories. He read poetry… the whole Renaissance bit really.

I’ve mentioned R.B. here before, and I urge you again to go check him out. The song I’m sharing today is called “Empire,” and is the title track from R.B.’s most recent EP. John Prine recently released a cover of this song on an iTunes only EP of outtakes from the Fair and Square sessions. John Prine is one of the greatest songwriters to ever walk the planet… and he’s covering R.B. Morris? That should tell you something.

R.B. Morris: Empire (Buy Album)

Get Well Soon Jon Dee Graham

Posted in Alejandro Escovedo, Jon Dee Graham, The True Believers on August 4, 2008 by AmericanaPulse

Found this note recently on the No Depression website and wanted to pass it along. It seems musician Jon Dee Graham has been hospitalized due to injuries suffered in a car crash last weekend. Jon was making the late night drive back to his home in Austin, TX after a show in Dallas when he fell asleep at the wheel and crashed on I-35. Graham spent time in intensive care with some broken bones and internal injuries, but is reportedly doing much better now… although he will probably remain in the hospital for a time.

Graham’s friends in Austin have already held one benefit concert to help raise some money to cover his hospital bills. I imagine more will be held in the future. Keep an eye on Jon Dee Graham’s myspace page for more info.

In the meantime… here are a few tracks from Graham. The first is from a self-titled album released in 1986 by the True Believers. Graham was a member of that band along with his good friend Alejandro Escovedo. The next track is from Alejandro’s 2006 CD, The Boxing Mirror, and features Graham on guitar. Finally, it’s the title track from Graham’s 2004 release, The Great Battle.

Enjoy these tunes from a member of the Austin Music Hall of Fame (inducted in 2000), and remember to check Jon Dee’s myspace page to keep track of his condition.

The True Believers: The Rain Won’t Help You When it’s Over (Buy Album)
Alejandro Escovedo: Break this Time (Buy Album)
Jon Dee Graham: The Great Battle (Buy Album)