Graig Markel is precisely the sort of artist the music industry desperately needs, but is usually too blind to spot. An intense, beer drinking, glasses-wearing alchemist, Graig cares about his music, his lyrics, and the emotions they convey. The music, the performance, and the presentation shower into a stream that can only assure you that Graig is someone willing to take any chance in the quest of the extraordinary. There is an immediate power at the heart of Graig’s songs, that in the other musicians, can easily lead to an album of confessional singer/songwriter anthems. But by embracing the first-take approach in his own studio of vintage and hand-made gear, Graig instead creates a more spirited vision, evoking a dirty and urgent sound at the expense of the every day, overused, approaches used by many.