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Man in Gray

by T. Junior

Armed with an acoustic guitar and a microphone, T. Junior channels common emotions & experiences into his own raw, stripped-down style of country/roots music
Genre: Country: Outlaw Country
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1. Man in Gray
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2. Play This Guitar
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3. Me and My Bottle
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4. The Man Who Hung the Moon
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5. Hallways
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6. Too Damn Broke
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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“The cataclysmic boom of raw, honest country artists who grew up in the underground of metal and punk continues further with T. Junior. On Junior’s latest E.P., Man in Gray, its seven songs are a little Hank 3, a little Muddy Waters, and maybe even some Jack White, but totally EyeHateGod bleak.

There’s an inherent, bluesy darkness to T. Junior’s playing that overshadows some of his attempts at being sunny. The darkness that propelled our country heroes into the stratosphere should always be celebrated. Junior is completely capable of showcasing a penchant for sex, death, and depression while strumming away, sounding as if he were singing for his dinner in the streets of a long forgotten America that’s now too fat and too stupid to understand what emotions really are anymore.

Let the Corona drinking, sparkly guitar playing, arena pansies have their fun. The dregs of the dives have their bottles to count on, and Junior does nothing to dispel that notion. Using his love of metal and his bourbon-soaked upbringing in the dirty backwoods to celebrate all of the things that everyone else is too scared to talk about, the chops are there. The voice is there. It’s time we expanded the stage a few feet. We can use a new disciple in the church of misery in T. Junior.

T. Junior is a songwriter who’s figuring it out as he goes, and as he’s growing, we’re seeing an artist emerge. It’s a welcomed feeling. It leaves you wondering... if only this guy met someone with some analog gear and let him go wild out in an abandoned farm house, what would we hear? The pieces are there; it feels like it’s a step into a mental asylum that all of the inmates could be let out at any second. The uneasiness, the mournful sorrow of the moment, it’s all there.”
- MoonRunners Country


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Hammerhead

Amazing Solo Debut from T. Junior
This EP is T. Junior's solo debut and an amazing piece of work. For those that don't know, T. Junior is the frontman/vocalist/guitarist/songwriter for the Honky Tonk Hustlas. I'm a huge HTH fan, but I must admit that I like this T. Junior solo release even more. Being that it's mostly just vocals and acoustic guitar, "Man in Gray" is stripped down as compared to the complexity of the arrangements on HTH's albums, but its simplicity is what makes it so great. According to the album credits, T. Junior wrote, performed, recorded, mixed, and mastered this EP by himself, which is quite impressive. I don't think there are many other artists out there today that could have put together a release like this all by themselves. This is an album that I'm proud to own, and it would make a great addition to anybody's collection that enjoys real country music. The song, "The Man Who Hung the Moon", will be appreciated by anybody that's ever dealt with the loss of a father, grandfather, mentor, etc. I'm not an emotional fellow, but that one really tugs at the ol' heart strings. The title track, "Man in Gray", addresses the stark reality that the the wounds inflicted by the American Civil War still fester in the hearts of many from the South. There is not a bad song on this album. They are all great. This EP is a must have for anybody who likes their country music real and raw, instead of the slick, over-produced bubblegum garbage that spews out of Nashville nowadays. I highly recommend that all country music fans support a real, hard-working artist and BUY THIS ALBUM!

AlabamaHellbilly

Great Solo Album
This is real country. If you're tired of that slick Nashville Trashville crap check this album out. If you like Hank 3, Hank Sr, Johnny Cash, or Those Poor Bastards, this is a record for you. Hell there's some Nick Cave in there, too. Check it out.

MoonRunners

T. Junior - Man in Gray - Review
"The cataclysmic boom of raw, honest country artists who grew up in the underground of metal & punk continues with T. Junior. Junior’s EP, Man in Gray, is a little Hank3, a little Muddy Waters & maybe even some Jack White, but totally EyeHateGod bleak. The inherent, bluesy darkness to Junior’s playing that propelled our country heroes into the stratosphere should be celebrated. T. Junior is capable of showcasing a penchant for sex, death & depression while strumming away & sounding as if he were singing for his dinner in the streets of a long forgotten America that’s now too fat and stupid to understand what emotions really are. Using his love of metal & his bourbon soaked upbringing in the dirty backwoods to celebrate all the things that everyone else is too scared to talk about, we can use a new disciple in the church of misery in T. Junior. It feels like a step into a mental asylum where all of the inmates could be let out at any second. The uneasiness, the mournful sorrow of the moment, it's all there."
- Robert Dean

Jahshie P

Essential EP
Known as the front man of Montgomery's, Honky Tonk Hustlas, I am used to marathon records. I believe HTH's first two albums each clocked in at 15 tracks. Being this is his first go at a solo release, the 7 song EP was perfect.

The title track opens the record and really sets the tone. Right off the bat, you get to hear T's song writing quality and uniqueness. Junior is not just a fly by the night acoustic guitar playing singer/songwriter. This guy is the real deal when it comes to playing, singing, and song writing.

"Play This Guitar" may be my favorite track of the set. The lyrics hit hard and are heart felt. And that trend continues for the rest of the EP. While, there are songs about drinking ("Me and My Bottle") and being poor ("Too Damn Broke"), they are written and performed with conviction and maturity, unlike some artists that T may be compared to.

"The Man Who Hung the Moon" really hits home, with lyrics about T's grandfather passing away. These are words we all wish we could write to express our pain and grief. We have all gone through it, and this song really connects. Another highlight on a great release.

I will keep the review short, but, must express how important this release is. Whether or not the Honky Tonk Hustlas record and perform live again is to be seen. I know it is planned by the guys, and that would be great. But, if not, we know we have a solid leader in the bunch that is more than happy and willing to record and tour as a solo performer. I look forward to many more recordings by T. Junior and/or the Hustlas!