Austin musician Jon Dee Graham hospitalized on tour after cardiac episode
Austin musician Jon Dee Graham is recovering in a Chicago hospital from a cardiac episode last night while on tour, according to a Friday afternoon post on his Facebook page.
"After Jon Dee's performance last night at Fitzgerald's Americana Festival he went into cardiac arrest," the post reads. "He is in the ICU in Chicago and is at this time expected to make a full recovery. The rest of the tour is canceled, but no one will be surprised to find him back on his feet and back at it before you know it. While he's a hard man to keep down, keep him in your thoughts and prayers. Thanks to everyone who is reaching out."
Graham, who performs most Wednesday nights at the Continental Club with fellow Austin roots-music singer-songwriter James McMurtry, annually tours the midwest in late June and early July. His "Run for the Roses" tours typically include the American Music Festival at Fitzgerald's, a club in the Chicago suburb of Berwyn, Illinois.
Graham first rose to prominence in Austin's punk scene around 1980 as a member of the Skunks, then played guitar briefly with blues singer Lou Ann Barton before joining brothers Alejandro and Javier Escovedo in the mid-1980s Austin band True Believers. He began making solo records in the 1990s and has released more than a dozen albums and EPs since then. His son William Harries Graham also makes music in Austin and opens for his father on Wednesdays at the Continental.