William Harries Graham

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Teenaged Austin Chronicle columnist & critic William Harries Graham is this week’s guest. He is also leader of the band  William Harries Graham & The Painted Redstarts

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William Harries Graham

Musician. Journalist. Teenager. Singer/Songwriter. Headliner. Philanthropist.

Sure, 17-year-old William Harries Graham is all of those things, but the thing that makes it all work — he’s ambitious. And, fearless. At age four, he performed at the Austin Music Awards, playing a song he’d written called “Rock and Roll Street.”

William has been a writer and critic for the Austin Chronicle since 2012. His band, William Harries Graham & The Painted Redstarts have a regular Wednesday night residency at the world-renowned Continental Club in Austin at 9:30PM CST.

The band’s debut album is Foreign Fields, and it’s  crazy-good.

The band has been featured in the New York Times.

 Rolling Stone hailed The Painted Redstarts as the future of Austin music after their performance at ACL Live/Moody Theater for the United Sounds of Austin. The band has also been featured in Texas Monthly and Austin Monthly Playback Austin calls William the “voice of his generation.”

The band was a top pick for SXSW music festival, and featured by KUTX’s SXSW “Seven To Watch.”  KUTX has been regularly spinning the singles “Foreign Fields” and “Mystical Ways.” The new record also includes the single “Curtains Wide,” and a duet with Alejandro Escovedo. And, the song, “Mystical Ways” has an impressive “backwards” music video.

The album is said to defy contemporary music labels — “a gorgeous and layered piece of work, which combines intelligent lyrics and powerful poetic imagery with a dreamlike wash of guitars and vocals, running down everything from glorious anthems to the most delicate weepers.”


Two years ago, William was honored by Wired Magazine’s Smart List as one of the “World’s Top World Changing Innovators.” He’s a Davidson Young Scholar and has been an Official SXSW artist for 2013, 2014, 2015 and will be for 2016.

William has showcased at Folk Alliance International and headlined the Kerrville Fall Festival. William founded the 501(c)3 nonprofit Music4Music that supports communities lacking music programs,  providing grants to San Perlita ISD and to the U.S. Department of Latin American Unaccompanied Minors Shelters. He also serves on the board of Drawing Lines for the City of Austin.

He is the son of Gretchen Harries, a communications professor at Austin Community College, and legendary icon, musician and singer/songwriter Jon Dee Graham.

For more information, you can visit thepaintedredstarts.com.  Contact:  thepaintedredstarts@gmail.com

 Watch the “Mystical Ways” music video.