JON Dee Graham is gracing the Railway Inn, Winchester on Monday for a live show on his UK and Ireland tour.

To celebrate the release of his new mini album, Knoxville Station, the three-time inductee in the Austin Music Hall of fame will play this Monday at 8pm in Winchester.

Knoxville Station is a five-song mini-album that Jon Dee Graham recorded in Tennessee, backed by Knoxville rockers the Tim Lee 3 (guitarist Tim Lee, bassist/singer Susan Bauer, and drummer Chris Bratta). This is the follow up to his last studio record Garage Sale in 2012, when he last toured the UK and Ireland with James McMurtry and Ian McLagan.

It may only be 5 tunes but it runs a breadth of his styles with a bluesy number, a sentimental ballad plus a full-on rocker.

Graham’s ability to land his punches comes not only from his prowess as a lyricist, but also from his inventiveness as a guitarist.

Graham has been making mighty noises issue from his guitar since he joined the pioneering Austin punk band the Skunks.

The next two decades led Graham through stints with the True Believers and in the touring bands of X founder John Doe and Austin songwriter Kelly Willis.

Graham also lent his guitar chops to records by the Silos, the Gourds, his former True Believers bandmate Alejandro Escovedo and the masterful Texas songwriter James McMurtry.

Jon Dee will be performing with his son, William Harries Graham, whom also has an album out with German Blue Rose records.

William’s music defies the contemporary labels, it is independent in spirit, American, but not Americana, a gorgeous and layered piece of work, which combines intelligent lyrics and powerful poetic imagery with a dreamlike wash of guitars and vocals.

By Bon Bensey