Willie’s Hip: June 24 Benefit
Via Ed Ward (blogging from Berlin!) – one of the great Austin songwriters, Jon Dee Graham, has a son Willie who’s been a big part of his life and music. Willie has been diagnosed with a rare condition called Legg Perthes, which according to Ed is a childhood form of avascular necrosis of the hip. The head of the femur loses its blood circulation and dies. Willie’s may be facing several years of medical treatment including possible surgery. Austin’s music community is responding with a benefit at the Continental Club on June 24. The lineup is like a who’s who of Austin musical talent: The Resentments, Matt The Electrician & Beaver Nelson, Walter Tragert, Troy Campbell, Kathy McCarty, Steve Poltz, Bob Schneider, Shawn Colvin, The New Hot Damn (Trish Murphy, Kacy Crowley, Renee Woodward, Honky, Ian McLagan & The Bump Band, James McMurtry, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Alejandro Escovedo & Charlie Sexton and (of course) Jon Dee Graham. Chet Himes of Freedom Records is recording the event for a benefit CD. There’s also a silent auction at Gomi, and if you can’t make it but want to help, contributions can be made payable to the Willie Graham Legg Perthes Fund and mailed to: The Willie Graham Legg Perthes Fund, c/o RajiWorld, 1810 Airole Way, Austin TX 78704.