Music: The Grahams bring folk tradition to The Ark


The Grahams, an Americana duo that goes to the source of folk tradition, will play The Ark in Ann Arbor on Friday, May 19. The show begins at 8 p.m. and tickets are $15.

Alyssa and Doug Graham have spent nearly their entire lives exploring music together. Friends since she was seven and he was nine, they became a couple in their teens, then husband and wife. Somewhere along the way, they also became The Grahams, a dynamic Americana duo who’ve married their love of adventure with a desire to build on foundations laid by their musical predecessors.

Their first song-crafting expedition, along the Mississippi’s Great River Road, became their 2013 debut, “Riverman’s Daughter.”

For its follow-up, they rode the rails and wound up recording not only a studio album, but a documentary and live album on the move and in venues from Sun Studio to Amtrak’s famed City of New Orleans train.

Their new release, the explosive and aptly named “Glory Bound,” was helmed by Grammy nominated producer Wes Sharon (John Fullbright, Parker Millsap) at his 115 Recording studio in Norman, OK. Recording in Oklahoma holds special significance for a couple raised as Dylan-loving New York City suburban kids who spent weekends strumming campfire songs in the Adirondacks.

Like many Dylan fans, they traced their way back to his greatest inspiration.

“After we recorded ‘Riverman’s Daughter,’ we were listening to a lot of Woody Guthrie,” Alyssa explains. “We had to go to Oklahoma, obviously, because Woody was our mentor or guide.”

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