Summerland

Release Date: 
March 23, 1999
Label: 
New West Records
Release Type: 
Album
  1. A Place In The Shade
  2. Half The TIme
  3. Big Sweet Life
  4. Look Up
  5. Black Box
  6. Butterfly Wing
  7. At The Dance
  8. October
  9. Number 3
  10. God's Perfect Love
  11. Threads
  12. Lucky Moon

Back in the 1980s, Jon Dee Graham was a member of the legendary Texas roots-rockers True Believers, a nom de plume that turns out to have been a perfect fit. Graham's sophomore release, Summerland, is a rousing 12-song collection of passionate rock & roll that looks a dangerous world square in the face yet still finds reasons to believe. Graham applies his scratchy growl to literate story songs and, he isn't afraid to surround voice and song with the kind of dramatic and smoldering electric guitars that turn his singer-songwriter moves into grand rock gestures. It's the force of those guitars that lets Graham wade grimly through the "red meat and wreckage" on "Black Box" and still want to "Look Up" at "lightning in the clouds" to embrace this "Big Sweet Life," no matter how scary and unpredictable it becomes. --David Cantwell