John Murry (musician)
|Born||1979 (age 39–40)|
Mississippi, United States
|Origin||Tupelo, Mississippi, United States|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, songwriter, composer, arranger|
|Labels||Evangeline, Spunk, Warner, Rubyworks, TV Records, Latent Recordings|
|Associated acts||Bob Frank|
John Miller Murry is an American musician, singer/songwriter, composer and producer.
His debut solo record, The Graceless Age, was issued on Evangeline Recording Co. in 2013 and listed by Uncut as one of the 10 best records of 2012. Mojo also included it in their 10 best albums of 2013; The Guardian included it in their Top 50 of 2013; and American Songwriter included it in their Top 5 of 2013.
Murry has recorded and toured with Memphis singer/songwriter Bob Frank, whose 1979 Vanguard LP is now available via an agreement between Sony and Vanguard, allowing Light In The Attic to release it on vinyl, followed by a CD and digital release by Sony/Vanguard. Murry often writes and collaborates with San Francisco singer/songwriter Chuck Prophet.
The followup to The Graceless Age, was recorded in Canada by Michael Timmins ( Cowboy Junkies ) and was released by TV Records in Europe under exclusive license from Latent Recordings on July 14, 2017 and in February 2018 in North America by Latent Recordings.
John Murry was born and raised in Mississippi. He is the second cousin of William Faulkner through adoption, though a more direct relation hidden from Murry has been put forth by Robin Young of NPR and others.
Murry was a member of several bands in the early 2000s. His first appearance as a solo artist was on an album in collaboration with reclusive cult Memphis folk singer Bob Frank, World Without End, which was released on Bowstring Records in 2006. David Fricke of Rolling Stone described it as "all bullets, blades and guilt without end."
Murry moved to the Bay Area of California in 2004 and began performing solo work. He began recording with producer (and American Music Club drummer) Tim Mooney in 2005 and worked at San Francisco's Closer Recording Studio, where he met San Francisco singer/songwriter Chuck Prophet. After several collaborative recordings with Bob Frank, Murry released his debut solo album, The Graceless Age in 2012, which was well received by Mojo, Uncut and The Wall Street Journal.
The Graceless Age and critical reception
Murry's debut solo record, The Graceless Age, details his struggle with substance abuse. It was released in 2012 in the UK on Bucketfull of Brains, and in 2013 in the US and Australia on Evangeline Recording Co. and Spunk Records, respectively. It received critical acclaim from a number of magazines. It was featured in the September 2012 issue of Uncut; senior editor Allan Jones called it "a masterpiece" and gave it a 9/10 rating. Mojo gave the record a 5/5 star review, and The Guardian called it " a work of genius", also giving it 5/5 stars. NPR said the record's "deep rock 'n' roll is alluring, emotional and infectious," while American Songwriter said it was filled with songs about "drugs and near-death experiences" that had "standouts everywhere." Q magazine called it "Intensely beautiful... Like Father John Misty, Mark Lanegan and Josh T Pearson rolled into one really broken dream." The record featured a song called "Little Colored Balloons," chronicling Murry's near-overdose from heroin, the video for which was directed by Chuck Mobley and premiered on Billboard.
A Short History Of Decay
Shortly after the release of 'The Graceless Age', Murry's mentor Tim Mooney died suddenly and Murry eventually relocated to Ireland.
'A Short History Of Decay' was released in July 2017 on Michael Timmins label Latent Recordings in Canada and on TV Records Ltd in Europe. Produced by Michael Timmins and recorded over a period of 5 days in Toronto. 'A Short History Of Decay' features Michael's brother and fellow Cowboy Junkie Pete Timmins on Drums, Josh Finlayson on Bass (Skydiggers) and Backing Vocals by Cait O'Riordan (The Pogues, Elvis Costello). A Short History Of Decay has again received widespread critical acclaim. With glowing in reviews in Mojo 4/5, Q Magazine 4/5, Uncut 8/10, The Sunday Times "Seer Of The Week', Hotpress 9/10 and The Quietus observing…‘There is more than a touch of Cave’s brooding darkness about Murry, whose rumbling voice and preoccupation with mortality place him in a genre somewhere between Mark Lanegan and Mark Linkous’ A documentary about Murry's life (also called A Shory History Of Decay) is currently being made by film makers Paddy Hayes & Sarah Share, Director of 'If I Should Fall from Grace: The Shane MacGowan Story'
- World Without End (Decor - UK, Evangeline - US 2006) - with Bob Frank
- The Gunplay EP (Decor - UK, Evangeline - US 2006) - with Bob Frank
- Brinkley, Arkansas, and Other Assorted Love Songs (Evangeline, 2009) - with Bob Frank and the Lansky Brothers,
- The Graceless Age (Bucketfull of Brains - UK 2012, Spunk Records - AUS/NZ 2012, Rubyworks (expanded edition and regular edition) - Europe 2013, Evangeline Recording Co.- US 2013)
- A Short History of Decay (Latent Recordings (Canada), 2017) (Under exclusive license in Europe to TV Records Ltd)
- Breihan, Tom. "Uncut's Best Albums of 2012". Uncut Magazine. Retrieved April 10, 2013.
- Jelinek, Russell. "Interview: John Murry talks about 'Graceless Age'".
- JURGENSEN. "A Graceful Raconteur". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved April 10, 2013.
- Katz, Leslis. "John Murry's emotional journey". San Francisco Chronicle.
- Fricke, David. "Fricke's Picks: Dyke and the Blazers, Bob Frank and John Murry, MV & EE With the Bummer Road". Rolling Stone. Retrieved April 10, 2013.
- World Cafe. "Next: John Murry". National Public Radio. Retrieved 11 April 2013.
- Beviglia, Jim. "John Murry: The Graceless Age". American Songwriter Magazine.
- Brandle, Lars. "John Murry, 'Little Colored Balloons': Exclusive Video Premiere". Billboard.