The Hobart Brothers with Li’l Sis is Jon Dee Graham, Freedy Johnston, and Susan Cowsill. Their debut CD, At Least We Have Each Other is very much in the spirit of X’s side project, The Knitters, which is to say it has a feel of ex-punk/indie/alt rockers slowing down to do something a little more rootsy and little more singer-song-writery. The twangy undercurrents are unmistakeable but the grit is all rock and roll. Highlights for me are “Ballad Of Sis,” “Sweet Senorita,” and “All Things Being Equal.”
His gravelly voice is the first thing that sticks out. Mostly Americna rock type arrangements with heavy smoky guitar work with just a bit of twang in the harmonies. Graham’s a very strong songwriter and the music keeps his lyrics front and center.
5 / E. 11th Street / gospel like lyrics set in a modern context e.g. “children turn your cell phones on / someone is tryin’ to get through”, delivered like a blues tune, instrumented like a country song. It’s great.
6 / Lonesome Valley / Travelin’ song, good guitar licks.
10 / Harvest / Cover of Niel Young’s tune from 1972