Freedy Johnston joins with Jon Dee Graham and Susan Cowsill to benefit Kickstarter

So here’s a truly weird item.

Who could have predicted that ace songsmith Freedy Johnston — fresh from his recent solo tour — would turn around and form a mini supergroup with Jon Dee Graham and Susan Cowsill (Yes, of the Cowsills), with the quirky moniker of The Hobart Brothers and Li’l Sis Hobart.

But they’re dead serious about the trio, which will be debuting from March 16-20 at various SXSW venues in Austin.

How did this weird hookup happen?

Apparently, the three musicians were all hanging out at last year’s SXSW, joking about how they’d all once punched the clock as dishwashers, using — you guessed it — every diner’s favorite machine, the Hobart.

They started co-writing songs about their minimum-wage travails, wound up with an album’s worth, and are now planning on self-releasing their “At Least We Have Each Other” debut via the Kickstarter program www.kickstarter.com.

The goal is to raise $10,000, which is easily doable; powerpop master Bleu just conjured up $45,000 for his latest through the brilliant Kickstarter program, which vends special packages and/or personal deeds or concerts from the stars for record-financing dough. And a team-up this unusual? It’s easily worth a contribution!

For more information, visit www.freedyjohnston

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