Graham Edward Wilkinson was born in 1980 in the small East Texas town of Denison to a Methodist minister father and a speech pathologist mother. He spent his early years moving from one small town to the next and picked up the guitar at age 16, in an effort to mend his first broken heart. Graham finished high school in Wichita Falls, TX and attended Hendrix College, in pursuit of a fine arts and music degree. He decided to take a needed break before graduation and traveled to the Greek islands of Mykonos and Paros located in the Agean Sea where he worked at a diesel jet-engine power plant, mingled among the locals and played his music in the streets. After gaining the life experiences desired, he completed his degree in 2002. He then set out upon another quest and traveled half way around the world to the Micronesian island of Pohnpel, where he volunteered as an English teacher in the local Jesuit school. While overseas, his older brother and best friend Aaron Robert Wilkinson passed away in New York City. By far, his brother’s death was the most difficult thing his family and he have faced. His brothers influence is easily identified in many of Graham’ songs . You see, Aaron was singing and writing in lower east side coffee shops, on the cusp of the Anti-folk scene. Hanging out with the soon to be recognized Regina Spektor, Kimya Dawson, Adam Green from the Moldy Peaches and the guys from The Strokes.
The Strokes went on to dedicate their second album “Room on Fire” to Aaron and all of these musicians continue to make appearances at the
Annual Memorial concert held in NYC every July. Aaron’s death lead Graham back to the “states”. “Had Aaron not passed away, I may never have returned from my volunteer work on Pohnpel, he stated. It was
truly a crossroad in his journey, as he immediately knew upon returning to Texas that he had to move to Austin to make “his music”. The first few years in Austin allowed Graham the opportunities to broaden his musical horizons from leading a punk rock outfit to collaborating on an old bluegrass quintet.
Unable to be pinned to one genre, Graham began developing a lineup of
interchangeable artists known as the Underground Township.
Graham's new album “YEARBOOK” has been well received both locally in Austin and nationally. Radio stations such as KUT and KGSR in Austin have been incredibly supportive of this new album.
"YEARBOOK" features such artists as Alejandro Escovedo (No Depression magazine Artist of the Decade), Hayes Carll (Top played Americana Record of 2009), and Lloyd Maines (Multi-Grammy winning producer/and father of Natalie Maines).
The depth of his influences and breadth of his worldly experiences, are
unmistakable in this diverse collection of heart thumping tunes. From ska to folk, honky-tonk to rock, his lyrics tackle such lofty and often neglected topics as social responsibility and justice, political corruption and greed while consoling the audience with pithy love songs and pure ‘feel good’ rhythms and melodies. Graham and the band have been on the road in 2009 sharing Yearbook with their current and new fans and 2010 is sizing up to become Graham's biggest year yet.
"Graham's a great singer/songwriter. His songs are deep from the heart. His music on stage comes across as very honest, true and real. His unique voice and style make for an enjoyable live show."
~Steve Augello, RCA
“Graham is like no other musician on the scene with charisma in spades and the songs to match. - Hayes Carll (Lost Highway Records Artist)
Graham Wilkinson & Underground Township
"Yearbook" (Township Records 2009)
Graham Wilkinson "graham wilkinson" (Township Records 2008)
Graham Wilkinson & Underground Township "Graham Wilkinson & Underground Township" (Township Records 2006)
Tracks on Radio in 14 markets:
"Let It Go"
"Boys and Girls"