Jon Dee Graham, Sam Baker | Clubs & Concerts | Indy Week

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Jon Dee Graham, Sam Baker

When: Thu., June 9, 8 p.m. 2011

"Once you've opened for The Clash, it's kind of hard to go back to class," Jon Dee Graham once explained about his youthful days in Austin's punk rock scene, when he quit school at the University of Texas to play guitar full-time. Graham's early tenure with the Skunks was followed by a stretch with Alejandro Escovedo in the True Believers and sideman gigs with John Doe and Michelle Shocked. He finally bloomed as a gruff-voiced writer of material that strikes an exquisite balance between tough and tender. Half a dozen exemplary solo albums attest to his heart and vision. Opener Sam Baker is a more recently rising Austin star. A troubadour, Baker's weathered vocals and carefully crafted lyrics place him square in the Townes Van Zandt tradition. —Peter Blackstock

Price: $12-15

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