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From The Ground Up (Awaiting Repress)From The Ground Up is the debut studio recording from singer/songwriter John Fullbright. Working off the success of his debut live album, Live at the Blue Door, Fullbright has been gathering a strong fan base, one fan at a time through consistent touring throughout Texas and Oklahoma and a live show that continues to develop and strengthen each time he steps on stage.
Although still in his early '20s, Okemah, OK native Fullbright writes and sings like he's been around for years. Firmly rooted in a variety of American musical styles, John has crystallized his influences into a sturdy foundation of solid songwriting and astute musicianship. His early inspirations were the folk/country songs of Mickey Newbury and Townes Van Zandt, along with the philosophical bent of Woody Guthrie, who always admonished songwriters to write what you see.
His virtuosic abilities on both the piano and guitar, combined with timeless lyrics throughout From The Ground Up certainly sets Fullbright apart from his many contemporaries, both young and old. From the spiritually influenced Gawd Above (Lord God Almighty and Satan and St. Paul to the poignantly satirical Fat Man, John Fullbright is making his initial mark as a truly gifted writer, singer, player and performer, all before the age of 25. Includes download card.1. Gawd Above
3. I Only Pray at Night
4. Satan and St. Paul
5. Nowhere to Be Found
6. All the Time in the World
7. Fat Man
8. Me Wanting You
10. Forgotten Flowers
12. Song for a Child$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
The DeslondesHailed by NPR as "deft assemblers of a sound that traverses decades and styles with humble grace," New Orleans band The Deslondes mine from the rich history of American music to craft their compelling and wholly unique eponymous debut album, released on New West Records.
Co-produced by the band and in-demand producer Andrija Tokic (Benjamin Booker, Alabama Shakes, Hurray for the Riff Raff) at his Nashville studio The Bomb Shelter, the 12 tracks are influenced by classic soul, rock 'n' roll, R&B, folk, roots country, swamp-boogie, honky-tonk and pre-war music and introduce a collective of gifted singer-songwriters with a deep love for the past and a palpable passion for the present. "They manage to resurrect a lost sound, exclaimed Rolling Stone in their "20 Reasons To Love This Year" preview, adding, "Stax and Sun records are distinct touch points, as are upright-bass-driven melodies - while giving it a modern, vibrant swing, building on the foundations of old-time traditions without sounding like they're stepping out of a time machine."
Comprised of five distinct songwriting voices, The Deslondes endeavor to carry on the traveling troubadour tradition of their heroes Woody Guthrie, Hank Williams and Townes Van Zandt. The Deslondes have also toured the country extensively and have supported the Alabama Shakes, Old Crow Medicine Show, Hurray for the Riff Raff, The Lumineers, John Fullbright, Michael Kiwanuka, Spirit Family Reunion and performed at last summer's Newport Folk Festival.1. Fought The Blues And Won
2. Those Were (Could've Been) The Days
3. Heavenly Home
4. Less Honkin' More Tonkin'
5. Low Down Soul
6. The Real Deal
7. Still Someone
8. Time To Believe In
10. Simple And True
11. Same Blood As Mine
12. Out On The Rise$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
SongsI just wanted to write really good songs, and with that outlook, everything else is a perk. -John Fullbright
That plainspoken approach is part of what's fueled the young Oklahoman's
remarkable rise. It was just two years ago that Fullbright released his debut studio
album, From The Ground Up, to a swarm of critical acclaim from such notable
sources as LA Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR-to say nothing of his GRAMMY
Nomination for Best Americana Album.
But for Fullbright, it hasn't been all the acclaim that means the most to him, but
rather his entrance into a community of songwriters whose work he admires.
When I started out, I was all by myself in a little town in Oklahoma where whatever
you wanted, you just made it yourself, he explains. One of the most fulfilling
things about the last two years is that now I'm surrounded by like-minded people
in a community of peers.
The arrangements on Songs are stripped down to their cores and free of ornamentation. Fullbright's guitar and piano anchor the
record, while a minimalist rhythm section weaves in and out throughout the album. The performances are stark and direct,
though, a deliberate approach meant to deliver the songs in their purest and most honest form. Fullbright inhabits his songs' narrators completely, his old-soul voice fleshing out complex characters and subtle narratives with a gifted sense of understatement.
To be sure, Songs has its moments of darkness, tracks born from pain and heartbreak, but for a craftsman like Fullbright, there
are few greater joys than carving emotion into music, taking a stab at that lofty goal of immortality through song.1. Happy
2. When You're Here
3. Keeping Hope Alive
4. She Knows
5. Until You Were Gone
6. Write A Song
7. Never Cry Again
8. Going Home
9. All That You Know
10. The One That Lives Too Far
11. High Road
12. Very First Time$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
In the lush tobacco fields of North Carolina where BJ Barham was raised, people work hard. Families stay
nearby, toiling and growing together. BJ loves those farms and his tiny Reidsville hometown, but he had to run off
and start American Aquarium, a band now beloved by thousands. He couldn't stay, but he couldn't really leave,
either: he's still singing about the lessons, stories, and lives that define rural America--and him.
Recorded at 3CG Records in Tulsa, OK, American Aquarium's seventh studio album, Things Change was
produced by Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter John Fullbright and features cameos from Americana standouts
including John Moreland and Jamie Lin Wilson. Stacked with BJ's signature storytelling--always deeply personal
but also instantly relatable, Things Change questions and curses current events, shares one man's intimate
evolution, and leaves listeners with a priceless gift: hope.
BJ's candor has fueled American Aquarium's runaway appeal, visible most clearly in consistently sold-out
shows across the country and throughout Europe - between 200 and 250 dates a year. Much has changed for the
band and BJ since their acclaimed last effort, Wolves. In 2017, every American Aquarium member save BJ quit
the group. American Aquarium has featured about 30 players since BJ founded the outfit in 2006, and while each
member has left indelible marks, the band has always been anchored by the literary songs and sometimes roaring,
sometimes whispering, drawl of BJ Barham. Featuring a new band lineup that includes Shane Boeker on lead guitar,
drummer Joey Bybee, bassist Ben Hussey, and Adam Kurtz on pedal steel and electric guitar, as well as a
reinvigorated frontman in BJ, Things Change is American Aquarium's first release on a label after selling thousands
of records on their own.1. The World Is On Fire
3. Tough Folks
4. When We Were Younger Men
5. One Day At A Time
6. Things Change
7. Work Conquers All
8. I Gave Up The Drinking (Before She Gave Up On Me)
9. Shadows Of You
10. 'Til The Final Curtain Falls$20.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now