John Fullbright @ KUT 5/21/12
With his debut album From the Ground Up, John Fullbright made a distinctly southern foray onto the scene. Sprouted from influences like Townes van Zandt and tinged with blues and gospel sentiments, the album is filled with religion, regret, and cynical wit. This wit, paired with a warm and raspy voice that speaks of much more than his mere 24 years of life, Fullbright frequently brings Tom Waits to mind, and his innate sense of melody adds a pop element that can hook in a wider audience than his influences might indicate.
Growing up on his family’s farm just outside of Okemah, Oklahoma, Fullbright had a lot of spare time to think about some of the big questions that he tackles on From the Ground Up. “Gawd Above” is a humorous look into what God thinks of his most troublesome creation: mankind. But the spiritual questions proceed into more serious territory on songs like “Satan & St. Paul” and “Whiskey Prayer.”
John Fullbright plays in Studio 1a today at 2 PM. You can also catch him playing on Thursday, the 24th, at the Continental Club.