Interview: Pissin’ in the Wind with John Murry

Photo: Amoreena Berg A conversation with Oakland's John Murry is an adventure that takes you all over the place. He'll quickly change the subject from sports, history, fiction, politics, and of course music in the blink of an eye. In just a couple of hours of conversation at Alameda's Lemon Tree, we hit on the following topics: Murry helping crack dealers avoid arrest in Oakland How his hometown of Tupelo, MS is surprisingly progressive. Chuck Prophet's IQ Performing community service with rapper Project Pat in Memphis Al Davis' connection to the citizens of Oakland Usher's at Al Green's Memphis church [...]

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Best of 2013: Russell Jelinek's highlights

John Murry (Photo by Amoreena Berg) I don't feel like ranking things, but here are some Bay Area highlights for 2013, limited to artists I wrote about: Favorite Albums: John Murry - Graceless Age: I tried to listen to Graceless Age in the background while doing some work on the computer. It didn't work. Murry punched me in the gut and took me away from whatever I was doing and totally consumed me. The standout "Little Colored Balloons", about Murry's heroin overdose in the Mission, may one of the most heartbreaking songs ever recorded, but there is so much more [...]

Video: John Murry – "Southern Sky" (playing GAMH with Chuck Prophet tonight, 5/31/13)

Photo: Amoreena Berg Oakland's John Murry, who just wrapped up a European tour, will be playing Great American Music Hall with Chuck Prophet Friday night. Before Murry left for Europe, he released a great video for "Southern Sky" off his The Graceless Age album, which has continued to receive a lot of positive press and attention. I got in touch with him hoping for some quick comments on the symbolism in the video and the show, and ended up having two separate conversations that totaled well over an hour. The Wall Street Journal described Murry as a "marathon conversationalist", but [...]

Interview: John Murry talks about 'Graceless Age'

John Murry and Tim Mooney (Photo: Jude Mooney) John Murry, a Tupelo, Mississippi native who moved to Oakland ten years ago after getting his start in the music industry in Memphis, released his Graceless Age LP last week domestically via the Evangeline Recording Company, the label owned and operated by his wife, Lori. The album, which is Murry's solo debut, was released last fall in the UK, where it received a great deal of attention and placement on year-end lists. It's been a long ride for Murry. Shortly after moving to the Bay Area from Memphis, an addiction to pain [...]

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