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Come on, get “Happy” and download this new song by John Fullbright

Photo courtesy of the artist
Photo courtesy of the artist

Oklahoma singer-songwriter John Fullbright is a young storyteller that has drawn comparisons to Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, and Randy Newman. Fullbright has a new album, Songs, the followup to his 2012 Grammy nominated debut, From The Ground Up. On it, he continues to wrote and perform songs that capture a broad range of emotions with subtlety and simplicity.

Writing about the song for NPR Music, World Cafe host David Dye says:

“Happy” opens the disc and sets the tone. Before the band kicks in, he delivers a line worthy of one of his heroes, John Prine: “Every time I try to write a song, it always seems to start where we left off.” There’s no artifice here, and no new ground — just a songwriter trying to connect with his emotions and doing so in an elegant, restrained, refined manner.

Fullbright is playing the Eagleview Summer Concert Series in Exton on Tuesday, June 17th. Below, download, “Happy” from John’s new album, via NPR Heavy Rotation

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My Morning Download: “Satan and St. Paul” by John Fullbright (from a limited time only World Cafe sampler)

Singer-songwriter John Fullbright released his remarkably accomplished album, From The Ground Up last May. He appeared on World Cafe with David Dye in December of 2012; you can listen to the session here. When John visited the Cafe one of the songs he performed was an incredible version of “Satan and St. Paul” that you can stream or download it below. The song is from a new, free collection of Cafe performances available for a very limited time during the month of February. Each weekday during the month World Cafe will offer one free song from a recent session. By February 22 there will be 20 new exclusive songs for you to enjoy. Here’s the catch: They are ONLY going to be available for the month, on March 1 they will disappear! Below, download “Satan and St. Paul” from John Fullbright. song; Go here to download tracks from Lord Huron, Calexico, Freelance Whales, Allen Stone and others.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Gathering feat. Rhiannon Giddens at Sellersville Theatre, Young Statues with Heartwell at the Barbary, Slingshot Dakota at The Fire, John Fullbright at the Tin Angel, Antibalas at Union Transfer

XPN Welcomes a Holiday Concert with The Gathering featuring Rhiannon Giddens at Sellersville tonight. The string band’s enchanting harmonies weave a different set of carols to celebrate the yuletide. The Gathering, which is Rhiannon Giddens of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Laurelyn Dossett, Mike Compton, Joe Newberry, and Jason Sypher, started playing together in 2011 as a seasonal project of the North Carolina Symphony. Their reputation escalated and they were soon being commissioned for more performances, finding their own among the embrace of holiday tours. Tickets for tonight’s all-ages performances can be found here; below, watch the band perform “Breaking Up Christmas.”

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Download three tracks from Matthew and the Atlas (playing Steel City with John Fullbright on 10/21)

British singer-songwriter Matthew Hegarty began recording and performing as Matthew and the Atlas in 2010 with a full five-piece band, releasing a couple of EPs and touring the U.K. and the U.S. with Mumford & Sons before scaling back to an intimate one-man show late last year.  Currently on tour with John Fullbright, Matthew and the Atlas will be stopping by Steel City Coffeehouse in Phoenixville on Sunday, October 21st.  For tickets and more information, click here.  Download three tracks in exchange for your email address here, and watch the animated video for “Within the Rose” below.

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Photo Recap: Philadelphia Folk Fest opening night with John Fulbright, Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band and The Flying Jamesons

The 51st Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival kicked off last night with an opening night campers-only concert featuring a taping of Live at the World Cafe with Oklahoma singer-songwriter John Fullbright, a raucous set from Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band that culminated in a flaming washboard, and drinking songs from The Fighting Jamesons. Check out a photo gallery above, and look for more festival recaps throughout the weekend and early next week.

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My Morning Download: “Gawd Above” by John Fullbright (performing at the Philly Folk Fest this Thursday night)


23 year old singer-songwriter John Fullbright was raised and still lives in Okemah, Oklahoma, birthplace of Woody Guthrie. On Fullbright’s new album, From The Ground Up, he draws on the tradition of Guthrie along with some of Fullbright’s earliest songwriting heroes like Townes Van Zandt and Mickey Newbury. From The Ground Up is a remarkably accomplished record from a gifted up and coming story teller. This week, Fullbright’s album is WXPN’s Featured Album of The Week. Writing about the album, WXPN’s Mike Vasilikos says: “In a time where there is no short supply of guys with guitars, John Fullbright will grab your attention as a commanding singer, clever lyricist and earnest songwriter.” Fullbright performs this Thursday night at the Philadelphia Folk Festival where he will record a World Cafe performance with Cafe host David Dye.

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My Morning Download: “Gawd Above” by John Fullbright (playing World Cafe Live on Tuesday, May 15th)


23 year old singer-songwriter John Fullbright was raised and still lives in Okemah, Oklahoma, birthplace of Woody Guthrie. On Fullbright’s new album, From The Ground Up (released tomorrow), he draws on the tradition of Guthrie along with some of Fullbright’s earliest songwriting heroes like Townes Van Zandt and Mickey Newbury. From The Ground Up is a remarkably accomplished record from a gifted up and coming story teller. Fullbright plays World Cafe Live on Tuesday, May 15th. Go here for tickets and more information about the show. Below, download “Gawd Above” from Fullbright’s album.

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