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A Short His­tory of De­cay

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Born in Tu­pelo, Mis­sis­sippi, in the late 1970s, John Murry has trav­elled a tor­tu­ous route: ex­pe­ri­ences of drug de­pen­dency as a strug­gling mu­si­cian in San Fran­cisco fil­tered through his gar­landed 2012 de­but al­bum,

The Grace­less Age, and how he ar­rived in Kilkenny a few years ago is an­other in­trigu­ing chap­ter in his story. Recorded in the Toronto stu­dio of Michael Tim­mins (Cow­boy Junkies), and as­sisted by (among oth­ers) Cait O’Rior­dan, A Short His­tory of

De­cay is a col­lec­tion of in­tensely per­sonal songs that high­light Murry’s kin­ship with the likes of Marks Lane­gan and Link­ous. “I’m the bet that never wins,” sings Murry on The Wrong Man, and that is, mostly, the nar­ra­tive tem­plate of a dis­qui­et­ing, per­sua­sive record that looks into its soul and doesn’t like what it sees. john­

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