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Singer/songwriter John Fullbright hails from Woody Guthrie’s birthplace (Okemah, Okla.) and shares some of the great folk bard’s sympathy for the common man. For the most part, though, this gifted 23-year-old is more concerned with thwarted dreams, lost love, and wounded idealism than protest balladry. Echoes of Neil Young, Tom Waits, and Todd Snider can be heard in these tracks, seasoned with dashes of Memphis rockabilly and honky-tonk country. Fullbright sprinkles Biblical allusions in songs like “Gawd Above” (a monologue by the deity set to a swampy groove), “Jericho" (a plea for self-knowledge), and “I Only Pray at Night” (a stark, piano-centered confession). The swagger and sass of “Satan and St. Paul” and “All the Time in the World” balance the downcast spirits of “Nowhere to Be Found” and “Forgotten Flowers.” Fullbright’s earnest, twang-tempered vocals can sound sardonic (“Fat Man”) or tender (“Song for a Child”) as the tune requires. His first song collection is impressively mature and well-realized, marking him as more than a young upstart from Woody’s hometown.

Customer Reviews

Little Leon!

This is what great American music sounds like. Shout out to John from another one of Nancy's piano students. Thanks for making me look bad at recitals. Lol

Grammy nominated!!!

Super proud of John, as he is nominated for numerous Grammys!!!

Amazing Music!

This is my favorite album ever! Just wish the new "Songs" album was half as good.


Born: April 23, 1988 in Okemah, OK

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '10s

Born and raised in Okemah, Oklahoma, singer/songwriter John Fullbright was barely out of high school when he began playing the festival circuit. Raised on the songs of hometown hero Woody Guthrie and steeped in the rich Americana artistry of genre-hopping mavericks like Townes Van Zandt, Randy Newman, and Steve Earle, Fullbright started his music education on the piano at the age of five. He later added guitar to his arsenal, and in his late teens he began honing his craft at the legendary Blue Door...
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