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Jake Xerxes Fussell

Singer, guitarist, and folk music interpreter Jake Xerxes Fussell has distinguished
himself as one of his generation’s preeminent interpreters of traditional (and not so
traditional) “folk” songs, a practice which he approaches with a refreshingly unfussy lack
of nostalgia. By recontextualizing ancient vernacular songs and sources of the American
South, he allows them to breathe and speak for themselves and for himself; he
alternately inhabits them and allows them to inhabit him. In all his work, Fussell
humanizes his material with his own profound curatorial and interpretive gifts,
unmooring stories and melodies from their specific eras and origins and setting them
adrift in our own waterways. The robust burr of his voice, which periodically melts and
catches at a particularly tender turn of phrase, and the swung rhythmic undertow of
exquisite, seemingly effortless guitar-playing pull new valences of meaning from
ostensibly antique songs and subjects. Jake’s phenomenal fourth album Good and Green Again finds the acclaimed folksong interpreter, guitarist, and singer navigating fresh sonic and compositional landscapes on the most conceptually focused, breathtakingly rendered, and enigmatically poignant record of his wondrous catalog.

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