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Jon Dee Graham injured in car accident

Monday, July 28, 2008 – Texas rootsy singer Jon Dee Graham is recovering after apparently falling asleep at the wheel while returning from a concert late Friday night. His condition was upgraded from fair to good Monday morning according to the Austin 360 web site.

Graham is at University Medical Center at Brackenridge. Graham was driving home from Dallas on an interstate when he fell asleep at the wheel, his family said Sunday. He suffered two broken ribs, a punctured spleen, cracked vertebrae and a concussion. Graham was in the intensive car unit Saturday and Sunday.

The web site said, "I saw him (Sunday) and it was a great relief," Skunks bandmate Jesse Sublett said Monday. "Other than the silly hospital gown, he looks great. Lots of pain, but we were cracking jokes and believe it or not, talking about music."

A benefit will be held for Graham at the Continental Club in Austin on Wednesday.

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Garage Sale CD review - Garage Sale
The only thing Jon Dee Graham hasn't accomplished in the course of his long and storied career is to become the multi-platinum household name he deserves to be. Of course, it's a safe bet that he's never really aspired to that level of success, seeing as how he's managed to string together an impressive band resume (the Skunks, the True Believers) and a stellar solo discography while still cruising under the radar to all but a cultishly focused few. For "Garage »»»
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If Tom Waits had forsaken his role as L.A.'s art rock poet laureate and opted for a move to Austin to explore his jangly inner roots rock voodoo child, Jon Dee Graham would have some serious competition in the market. As it is, Graham has taken his long Americana journeyman status (the Skunks, True Believers, sideman for Kelly Willis, John Doe and countless others) and turned it into a stunningly singular solo career over the past seven years and three raggedly wonderful albums. »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Kristofferson gives insight, but no easy answers – When they say music gets better with age, they're not always just talking about songs alone; sometimes they're also referring to the listener. When Kris Kristofferson sings, "Well, I woke up Sunday morning/With no way to hold my head that didn't hurt," to smartly open "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," he... »»»
Concert Review: No sugarcoating, Welch dishes out an experience – Gillian Welch (accompanied, as always, by master guitarist David Rawlings), celebrated her "The Harrow & The Harvest" album with a powerful night of music. She apologized many times for the utter unhappiness expressed through this album's songs, admitting it's "not the most chipper album" at one point.... »»»
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