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.