Jon Dee Graham
Jon Dee Graham is a legend on the Austin music scene. He's been inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame three times, in 2000 as a solo artist, in 2008 as a member of the Skunks, and in 2009 as a member of the True Believers. In 2006, the readers of the Austin Chronicle named him Austin Musician of the Year. In 2008, Graham was the subject of a portrait-of-the-artist documentary, Swept Away, which is available nationally on DVD. In its final issue, No Depression magazine called the film, "superb." Shortly after the films release in the Spring of 2008, Graham survived a one car crash on Texas' I-35 that claimed his spleen, left him with a zipper scar up his chest, and permanently wreaked havoc on his back and neck. Despite a massive hospital bill – or perhaps because of it – Graham was back at work about one month later at his beloved Continental Club in Austin. He's barely slowed down since, finding time to write and record a new album – his first studio record since 2006 -- and making time to develop a new weekly live residency, Jon Dee and Friend, -- whose guests have included Kelly Willis, Alejandro Escovedo, James McMurtry, & Curt Kirkwood amongst others. It's Not As Bad As it Looks, Graham's 2010 release is about -- you guessed it – second chances, hope, sin & redemption, the constant search for higher meaning and a path forward, and trying to walk that fine line life often forces upon you. And it's all delivered through Jon Dee Graham's unique prism of pointed lyrics, searing guitar, and arrangements that sway between touching ballads and balls out rock with a punk edge. "I know this is loaded and I am way too close to it" Graham says, "but I think it's my best record since my first one, Escape From Monster Island." It's Not As Bad As It Looks was recorded at Austin's Wire Recording with Stuart Sullivan at the helm. Graham produced with his long-time musical partner and cohort, Mike Hardwick. Another stalwart compadre, Andrew Duplantis, of Son Volt, was on bass. And Joey Sheffield held down the backbeat with help from another Austin fixture, drummer Daren Hess. It's Not As Bad As It Looks is Graham's seventh record overall and his fourth album with Freedom Records.
Hailing from New Haven County, Michael Hunton brings you old time Americana infused with delta blues, roots, Appalachia, a few good stories, and a bottle of whiskey. Performing in bars, street corners, back porches, living rooms, and bonfires, Hunton cultivates an old sound inspired by the likes of Doc Watson, Son House, Charlie Parr, Steve Earle and Townes Van Zandt that will take your mind to a time filled with juke joints and freight trains. In 2015 Hunton released the album entitled "Catch That Train”, gloriously filled with stories of sin & redemption, second chances, and finding your path home - wherever that may be. Come and stay a while, and you just might find yourself hollerin’, stompin’, laughin’, and reaching for the nearest bottle of bourbon too.