Jake Xerxes Fussell – What in the Natural World

  • April 6, 2017

Durham, NC singer/songwriter/guitarist Jake Xerxes Fussell grew-up immersed in American folklore and traditional music. His father, Fred Fussell (folklorist, curator, and photographer) often took Jake with him to document the rural blues and traditional southern American music. These experiences made a huge impact on Jake, who as a kid began studying and playing the southern music he was exposed to. Following his critically acclaimed 2015 self-titled debut, Fussell returns with What in the Natural World, produced by friend and fellow southern guitarist William Tyler (Lambchop, Silver Jews). Fussell freely adapts early American roots music with new arrangements, putting a fresh spin on some southern classics. Highlights include the following covers: the Duke Ellington gem “Jump for Joy”; a rambling take on Bill Chitwood’s and Bud Landress’ “Furniture Man”; Jimmy Lee Williams’ “Have You Ever Seen Peaches Growing On A Sweet Potato Vine?”; and Helen Cockram’s “The Pinnacle Mountain Silver Mine.” What in the Natural World is another superb release from a very talented up-and-coming southern musician. – Written by JFelton



SIMILAR | Steve Gunn, Barna Howard, Charlie Parr, Ryley Walker, William Tyler