The Grahams (New York City)
I’m sensing a theme this year; the Grahams represent yet another husband-and-wife musical team at this year’s MidPoint soiree. Alyssa and Doug Graham, friends since grade school, reflected their love of ‘60s Roots/Folk icons like Neil Young, Emmylou Harris, Johnny Cash, Gram Parsons and The Band before exploring deeper influences like the Carter Family and Mississippi John Hurt, ultimately calling NYC home and recording in various incarnations before becoming The Grahams. After writing the song “Riverman’s Daughter” last year, the pair decided to backpack and play their way down the length of the Mississippi River, a trip that wound up influencing a pile of new songs that The Grahams took into a Nashville, Tenn., studio with veteran producer Malcolm Burn and the North Mississippi Allstars and turned into their stellar debut, titled after the song that started it all. Inspired by their time in the Delta on a houseboat (where the pair serenaded Doug’s terminally ill mother until her passing), The Grahams have poured their cumulative experiences and influences into their brilliant and heartfelt new album.
YOU'LL DIG IF YOU DIG: Over the Rhine plays Johnny and June in an Appalachian playhouse production of Walk the Line. (Brian Baker)