John Murry's would be a compelling story had he never made a record – grandson of William Faulkner, an addict who lost his wife and child and home, and almost his life, before cleaning up. And then you get to the record. The Graceless Age is extraordinary, a profound and moving meditation – the kind of album that answers questions you didn't realise you were asking.
John MurryThe Graceless Age(Evangeline Recording Co.)Rating: 4.5 stars (out of 5) Mississippi-raised John Murry is a distant relative of the state’s favorite literary son, William Faulkner, and that connection can be seen on The Graceless Age. After all, Faulkner’s famous line about the past not being dead, or past, for that matter, might as well be the album’s theme, as Murry battles throughout with ghosts that just won’t let him be. The Graceless Age was released last year in Great Britain to great acclaim.
New Musical Express (NME) - 60 Based on rating 3/5
This Tupelo, Mississippi singer-songwriter may only just be making his debut, but he doesn’t give the impression of being green – opening track ‘The Ballad Of The Pajama Kid’ sounds like a grizzled blues band playing ‘Knocking On Heaven’s Door’. The spirit of America runs through these tracks like a dusty railroad track, as slide guitars weep, fuzzed-up solos squeal and Murry issues vocals in Marlboro-ravaged tones. Better tracks, like ‘Southern Sky’, add fuzzed-up guitar to the mix too.