Jon Dee Graham

Swept Away [Video]

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Writer/director Mark Finkelpearl's documentary film Jon Dee Graham: Swept Away is a biography of Graham, the Austin-based singer/songwriter who is a former member of the True Believers and a legendary figure in the local music scene. Following Graham around town, Finkelpearl catches his subject adding air to a car tire, smoking on the back porch of his house while waxing philosophical, visiting a local music store, and, most important, performing many of his trenchant folk-rock songs in his gravelly baritone over his stinging guitar playing. Testimonials are offered by a radio personality (Katherine Cole), a rock critic (Geoffrey Himes), and musical associates including another former member of the True Believers and legendary figure in the local music scene, Alejandro Escovedo. Balding and middle-aged, Graham describes himself as a minor poet who has long since passed his opportunity to become a real rock star. But Finkelpearl successfully valorizes him as the best sort of popular musician, one willing to visit every Motel 6 in America to play his songs to the people who want to hear them. Watching the film is liable to make a Graham fan of any viewer who is a fan of the Texas songwriter tradition of which Graham is a notable, if lesser-known member.

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