John Murry's The Graceless Age was a harrowing document of addiction and redemption that appeared to have a happy ending. A lot of bad stuff has happened in the interim, but in a happy outcome, Murry has moved from Oakland, California to Kilkenny in Ireland, been granted Irish residency, his divorce has been completed amicably and he now lives in a steady relationship and in a strong and supportive community. He's also drug-free (apart from the occasional Guinness).
In late 2015, Murry was contacted out of the blue by Michael Timmins of the Cowboy Junkies. They had met while working together on the Mark Linkous tribute album Sparkle On and Timmins had developed an affection for Murry's music and curiosity as to what had become of him. The proposal was a straightforward one: Murry was to come over to Toronto and record his next album with Timmins producing and members of the Cowboy Junkies as the backing band (along with the Pogues' Cait O'Riordan on bass on backing vocals).
The album is complete and due for release in late 2016.
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