LA CONCERT PLANNED AT DILETTANTE STUDIOS JULY 20
"5 STARS… FORMIDABLE" – MOJO ON 'THE GRACELESS AGE'
"I DON'T EXPECT TO HEAR A BETTER ALBUM THIS YEAR." – THE GUARDIAN
John Murry -- the Bay Area-based second cousin of William Faulkner's --
will perform on two webcasts in the next week, one for StageIt July 7 and another for Weir Here, streaming live from Bob Weir's TRI Studios July 20.
StageIt is a live show that can be viewed anywhere. The "audience" can
chat with other fans and even interact with the performer via the chat
window on the show page.
Murry will join a bill with Mark Karan and Tea Leaf Green at the Weir Here session:
He will also perform at Dilettante Studios in Los Angeles on July 20 (120 N Santa Fe Ave.), for which Andrew Stockdale (Wolfmother) will open.
Meanwhile, his Kickstarter campaign to record a second album in Dublin is nearing $10,000 and the link includes exclusive video shot in the UK.
The buzz from the UK on Murry is becoming a roar. In addition to past
raves from the London Times, BBC, and UNCUT, MOJO's Andy Fyfe gave it 5
stars out of 5, calling it "formidable." In a MOJO Rising profile by
Fyfe, he calls 'The Graceless Age' (Evangeline Recording Co. in the US)
"a Southern gothic Americana symphony that twists beautiful, maudlin
melodies around the dramatically brutal story of Murry's personal fall,"
continuing, "Compellingly honest... It is a product of the way Murry
writes about the grit and drama and desperation of those days that makes
'The Graceless Age' unique."
The Guardian gave the debut 5 stars, calling it "extraordinary, a
profound and moving meditation – the kind of album that answers
questions you didn't realise you were asking... expertly done... brutal,
frank and beautiful... I don't expect to hear a better album this
year." Most tellingly, Michael Hann writes, "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
In the US, NPR World Café called 'The Graceless Age' "alluring,
emotional, and infectious" while the Wall Street Journal called it
Black Book said, "With an arresting sense of honesty and human insight, Murry is man that you should certainly get to know."
MTV Hive said, "The guy's got gravitas [with] widescreen imagery and a soulful moan."