I've finally come to the realization that Jon Dee Graham, one of the patron saints of the Austin, Texas music scene, is NOT a creation of Jim Henson.
Before just a few days ago, I must confess that while I wanted to like him, I never gave him much of a listen. Jon Dee Graham's voice can best be compared to Tom Waits, an admittedly unoriginal and trite comparison. But to me, I could never entirely banish the thought of Cookie Monster, clutching a macaroon, crooning his tunes.
struggle is just struggle
it's only struggle, nothing more
no pride no shame no dignity
in being sad and poor...
at least thats how I recall
not beautifully broken,
we're just broken that's all
It's no wonder that JDG was voted Musician of the Year at the annual SXSW back in '06 (which is happening now). Goog the dude if you want to know his pedigree -- all I'm saying is it'd do your body and soul some good if you picked up a copy of his new effort.
As for his voice? You'll get used to it. Trust me.