John Murry's Brooding Brand of Country
  • WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23, 2013

  • Posted by: Dorit Finkel

John Murry released his first solo album, The Graceless Age, this past year in Europe and Australia to great critical acclaim, and will finally be debuting it in the US on March 5 via Evangeline Recording Co. A Mississippi native with a Northern California soul, Murry grieves for lost love, drug addiction, and bad choices in his wildly wise songs.

"The Ballad Of The Pajama Kid" opens with what's basically a major key rendition of the vocal break from Pearl Jam's "Black" and continues into a soulful roots-country mix of Bruce Springsteen and the Rolling Stones, with a mournful background chorus and plenty of distorted slide guitar. Murry's is a world where brutal honesty reigns: "Love's a monstrous thing," he laments on "California" (another masterful track off his rumbling record). Though he's got his roots in traditional American songwriting, the unpredictable soundscape of buzzing pedals, rippling piano, and backwards guitar lend the record a modern, sophisticated sound akin to Beck or Tom Waits. Murry will draw you into a darkened room brimming with brooding memories, a place that may have been forgotten or passed over, a mindspace that will welcome you to visit with your demons, and perhaps exorcise a few along the way.

Listen to "The Ballad Of The Pajama Kid":



Want to hear more? Check out Murry's music video for "California":

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