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The connections between punk and country are deep, if not always obvious: Be strong, keep it simple, and never forget the little people. Produced by Bad Religion guitarist (and Epitaph label owner) Brett Gurewitz, and backed by members of Social Distortion, Millport expands the lonesome ballads of Graffin’s 2006 album, Cold as the Clay, toward a sturdy, full-band sound. The result ranges from Eagles-style breeziness (“Too Many Virtues”) to straight-up bluegrass (“Echo on the Hill”), all carried by Graffin’s inimitably grainy voice.
Years Active: ’80s, ’90s, ’00s, ’10s
Bad Religion frontman Greg Graffin single-handedly nullifies the perception that some have about punk rock being an ignorant form of music for youngsters: he has an master’s degree in geology and a Ph.D. in biology. First raised in southeastern Wisconsin and then Milwaukee, Graffin relocated with his mother to Los Angeles at the age of 11, after his parents divorced. A fan of pop radio from an early age, Graffin was in for quite a (culture) shock when surrounded by all the pot-smoking surfer dudes…