It’s always a gamble for an artist to namedrop. Touting his relation to author William Faulkner (his second cousin) was a sure way for singer-songwriter John Murry to catch my attention, but made me approach his musical with a more skeptical ear. Fortunately, Murry has the talent to back up the fame claim. His press release descries his music as “indie-noir,” but I think it sounds like gritty Americana. There are hints of Tom Joad-era Springsteen, but I’d have to hear the whole album before fully giving him that compliment. You can watch his debut video, “California,” below. John Murry’s debut solo album, The Graceless Age, has already received rave reviews in the U.K. and will be released in the U.S. March 5th.