From the Ground Up by John Fullbright on Apple Music

12 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

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About John Fullbright

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 in Oklahoma City, eventually releasing a live album with the venue's founder, Greg Johnson. He spent the ensuing years touring and building his fan base, many of whom contributed donations to fund his 2012 Blue Dirt Records studio debut, From the Ground Up. The warm and intimate Songs followed in 2014, again on Blue Dirt Records. ~ James Christopher Monger

  • ORIGIN
    Okemah, OK
  • BORN
    Apr 23, 1988

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