14 Songs, 54 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The husband-wife duo of Alyssa and Doug Graham were friends in grade school and from an early age shared an unlikely interest in Americana roots music. Their debut album, Riverman’s Daughter, reflects this lifelong obsession, with GRAMMY®-winning producer Malcolm Burn insisting that the duo perform the songs live in the studio, the way musicians like The Carter Family, Hank Williams, and Mississippi John Hurt did. The NYC-based duo headed down to Nashville to find the best studios and best musicians for its kind of music; here, The North Mississippi Allstars are among the guests coloring the tracks. The resulting songs have a variety of styles, from the country-rock of “Carrying the Torch” to the late-'50s feel of “You Made Me Love You” and the even earlier traditional sounds of “Revival Time” and “If You’re in New York.” “A Good Man” leans toward a country-fried Fleetwood Mac. The shifts from banjo workouts to tough electric guitar numbers show two artists with plenty of talent at their fingertips.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The husband-wife duo of Alyssa and Doug Graham were friends in grade school and from an early age shared an unlikely interest in Americana roots music. Their debut album, Riverman’s Daughter, reflects this lifelong obsession, with GRAMMY®-winning producer Malcolm Burn insisting that the duo perform the songs live in the studio, the way musicians like The Carter Family, Hank Williams, and Mississippi John Hurt did. The NYC-based duo headed down to Nashville to find the best studios and best musicians for its kind of music; here, The North Mississippi Allstars are among the guests coloring the tracks. The resulting songs have a variety of styles, from the country-rock of “Carrying the Torch” to the late-'50s feel of “You Made Me Love You” and the even earlier traditional sounds of “Revival Time” and “If You’re in New York.” “A Good Man” leans toward a country-fried Fleetwood Mac. The shifts from banjo workouts to tough electric guitar numbers show two artists with plenty of talent at their fingertips.

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About The Grahams

The Grahams are a country-rock duo from New York City consisting of Alyssa and Doug Graham. Childhood friends, high school sweethearts, and eventually husband and wife, the two had been collaborating in various musical styles for years before recording their Americana-inspired 2013 debut, Riverman's Daughter. Prior to the Grahams project, Alyssa had established a successful solo career in the mid-2000s as a pop and jazz singer, with two well-received albums under her belt. Wanting to make a shift toward original material, she and Doug took a road trip down the historic Great River Road, which parallels the Mississippi River. The journey provided plenty of artistic fuel and resulted in Riverman's Daughter, a mix of country, folk, bluegrass, and rock. Citing inspirations like Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie, they followed up their debut with the ambitious Glory Bound in 2015. Trading America's famous waterways for its railways, the Grahams took a series of train trips, eventually hooking up with producer Wes Sharon to produce both the album and its accompanying film documentary, Rattle the Hocks. ~ Timothy Monger

ORIGIN
New York, NY
FORMED
2013

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