Jon Dee Graham
Catfish Concert Series
Thursday, September 5th
Jon Dee Graham
Forget the spring-cleaning metaphors. Though Jon Dee Graham chose Garage Sale as the title of his June 28 release on Freedom Records, the 11 songs it contains are anything but cast-offs. It's just that, unlike the tracks on his seven previous solo releases, they weren't carefully written in advance, clustered around a theme, then recorded at breakneck speed.
In fact, Graham confesses, this time around, he initially had no idea he was creating an album at all. He was simply using a generous gift from his pals at Austin's Top Hat Recording: one day a month of studio time to spend as he pleased. Before he knew it, he had several release-worthy tracks.
Though Graham regards these songs as "little orphans that all got together under their own power," there's no question they're his and they're every bit as compelling as anything this Americana troubadour and former Skunk/True Believer/L.A. sideman (and law-school dropout) has done before.
Whether he's drawing on personal experience or knitting vivid imagery into starkly real tales, Graham unequivocally affirms just what a master he is at turning a melody, a beat and some words into songs filled with so much emotional intensity, they almost burn.
"One of the things I learned was to trust my instincts and my process more than I ever have," Graham says. "It made me a lot more open . . . and I think it sounds like that, too. The scope of it, the breadth of it, is a lot wider than anything I've ever done."
Come to think of it, this album isthe embodiment of a garage sale: You show up with no expectations, but with enough digging, you unearth amazing treasures.
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