Inquiring Minds

John Fullbright Growls Like Hayes Carll, or Vice Versa

At last, the promise we've always seen in John Fullbright is signed, sealed, delivered and certified in his first full-length studio album, From the Ground Up. Having seen Fullbright solo and duo the last two years and loving the starkness of his windblown Leon Russell Okie plaint, hearing him with a full band behind him is an ear-opening experience.

Who knew that the young Okie could growl like Hayes Carll?

The album certainly serves more notice of what we've been saying about this guy since we first saw him at a writers-in-the-round at Mucky Duck a few years back: He's a songwriting genius. Bar none.

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