Graham began in Canada with Dorian Gammons and Michael Goff, while on a worldwide tour with university based Front Line, in the summer of 1997. Gammons and Goff immediately made use of their diverse musical backgrounds and songwriting skills to create Graham's style-bending balance of modern rock and radio-ready pop. Gammons spent hours listening to the radio as a kid in D.C. in the eighties, drawn to the sounds of INXS and U2. Despite his obsession with music, Gammons relied on writing poetry as an outlet until he discovered his ability to sing during his senior year in high school. He then learned acoustic guitar to accompany his poetry's new voice. Meanwhile, Goff was growing up to the music of bluegrass, country, and Southern Gospel in Dayton, OH, playing harmonicas and a six-string Martin. He identified with the energetic, audience-engaging power of artists like Garth Brooks and Elvis Presley citing, 'I've always had the need to entertain and a drive to please the audience.' By the fall of 1998 Gammons and Goff were working with City Rhythm Productions in Nashville, completing a two-song demo, press kit, and showcase at Gibson Guitar Café. Gammons and Goff grew frustrated by the limitations of Graham's development due to the use of stand-in musicians for live shows and recordings. They knew permanent Graham members were essential and began their search. The first to join was drummer, Zach Fisher, whose influences include Steeley Dan and Donald Fagen. Fisher's jazz background brought insight and complexity to Graham. Goff then used Graham's demo to convince bass player, Christian Holihan, who he knew from high school, to move to Nashville and join Graham. With Fisher and Holihan in place, Graham practiced for hours, meticulously crafting each rift and rhythm, in the unpretentious surroundings of an apartment garage. Gammons and Goff were finally hearing the sound that was playing in their minds. With renewed enthusiasm, Graham entered the studio to complete their self-produced EP in June of 2001. Graham played gigs at venues like The Outerlimit while working on their self-titled debut album at Carport Studios until it's release in November 2001. During that time guitarist Clint Newcomb became the final member of Graham, polishing their sound and bringing an energized tone to their shows. Graham follows a Beatle-like form in which Gammons or Goff may vocally lead an entire song, take turns, or support the other with tight harmonies. This freedom allows Graham to explore different sounds without getting off course. The album weaves the listener through a web of melodic rock songs like 'Desert Island' and 'Sunday' to a hard, edgier sound with songs like 'Lights' and 'Cry' and then winding down with more subtle ballads such as 'Paradise' and 'Shower'. Ending the album is a live version of the fan favorite 'Freedom', written as a tribute to their favorite band U2. With the release of their debut album, Graham is planning to start touring nationally while seeking label support.
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