Guitarist and songwriter Jon Dee Graham, the only musician to be inducted into the Austin, Texas, Music Hall of Fame three times, performs tonight at the Ward Plaza Ballroom.
Graham will perform with his band. The show will be opened by former Aberdonian Joe West, who lives in Santa Fe, N.M.
The doors open at 7:30 p.m., with the show starting at 8. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. They're available at Profiling Beauty, 224 First Ave. S.E.; Pauer Sound, 216 S. Main St.; or from babyblackpanda.com.
Graham, 54, was named Austin Musician of the Year during the South by Southwest music conference in 2006.
Graham is best known for his solo work, including the critically acclaimed records "Escape from Monster Island," "Hooray for the Moon" and "Full."
He is also known for his tenure in The Skunks, Austin's first punk band, and roots-rock pioneers The True Believers with Alejandro Escovedo.
He was inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame as a solo artist in 2000, as a member of The Skunks in 2008 and in 2009 as a member of the True Believers.
Graham also has played guitar with acts such as John Doe, Exene Cervenka, Michelle Shocked, Kelly Willis, Eliza Gilkyson, John Hiatt, Calvin Russell and Lone Justice. In 1992, Patty Smyth covered Graham's song, "One Moment to Another," on an album. His songs also have been covered by Patty Griffin and James McMurtry.
With The Skunks, Graham replaced Eddie Munoz, who left to join The Plimsouls. Graham played on the band's live CD, “Live: Earthquake Shake,” which was released in 2000.
The True Believers were considered important figures in cowpunk, a subset of alternative country.
Graham has released eight solo albums. His 2004 record, “The Great Battle," was produced by Austin guitarist Charlie Sexton, who was twice a member of Bob Dylan's band.
Almost every Wednesday night, Graham performs at Austin's Continental Club. He plays a set at 10 p.m., just before McMurtry goes on at midnight.