John Murry – the southern literature-inspired songwriter, William Faulkner's second cousin, and darling of UK music scene – has been named a Next artist by NPR's World Café, which praises his music as music "alluring, emotional and infectious."
Meanwhile, MTV Hive tabbed his 'The Graceless Age' as among "the finest folk albums of the winter of ’13."
Baeble Music called him "masterful."
Just a few weeks ago, the Mississippi-born artist sold out shows in
Belfast, Glasgow, Winchester, and London, with a line of fans turned
away at the latter show January 29. After a firestorm of UK raves, John
Murry's 'The Graceless Age' has been confirmed for a April 2 release on
Evangeline Recording Co. It's the last album produced and recorded by
Tim Mooney of American Music Club and Sun Kil Moon before his death June
13, produced in collaboration with Murry.
'The Graceless Age' was one of eight albums nominated for The UNCUT
Music Award and praise has been effusive on the other side of the pond.
Murry performed Ralph MacLean's BBC show as one of his "Best of 2012"
artists and Ricky Ross' BBC Scotland show in front of a live audience at
Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall during the tour. The Sun gave it 5 stars
out of 5, saying, "Occasionally, an album comes out of nowhere that
completely blows your mind. Like this one… A genuine tour de force." In
another 5 star (out of 5) review, R2 called it "a genuine American
masterpiece." In a 9 star (out of 10) review, UNCUT's Senior Editor,
Allan Jones, described the "deeply textured… ruined grandeur,"
continuing, "This is what 'The Graceless Age' as a whole does so
unforgettably, bearing honest witness to a burning world." and went on
to later call it "second only to Bob Dylan's Tempest" among best records