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Jake Xerxes Fussell by Jake Fussell

Jake Fussell

Jake Xerxes Fussell

Release Date: Jan 27, 2015

Genre(s): Country, Folk

Record label: Paradise of Bachelors


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Album Review: Jake Xerxes Fussell by Jake Fussell

Excellent, Based on 4 Critics

AllMusic - 80
Based on rating 8/10

North Carolinian blues folksinger and guitarist Jake Xerxes Fussell grew up in a household steeped in the heritage and culture of the American South. The son of a noted Georgian folklorist, Fussell's youth was spent riding around with his dad while he documented old bluesmen, string bands, and Native American artists. It's the kind of real deal Americana education that thousands of aspiring Harry Smith scholars would kill for and, to his credit, he made the best of it, apprenticing with regional blues legend Precious Bryant, traveling the country learning songs by ear, and using his connections.

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PopMatters - 80
Based on rating 8/10

On his solo debut, Jake Xerxes Fussell sounds like an explorer. He was the son of a folklorist who documented vernacular culture in the Southeast. He’s worked with blues men and played in country bands. He was a student in the Southern Studies program at Ole Miss. He recorded with Rev. John ….

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Dusted Magazine
Opinion: Excellent

Jake Xerxes Fussell— Jake Xerxes Fussell (Paradise of Bachelors)Jake Xerxes Fussell grew up the son of a folklorist, which probably explains a lot. Every song on his debut album is sourced from an old record or field recording, but he and producer William Tyler have gone out of their way to ensure that they don’t sound particularly antique. In fact, while they’ll rest pretty easily upon Americana-tuned ears, they don’t slot too easily into any particular scene.

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NOW Magazine
Opinion: Excellent

North Carolina-based, Georgia-raised blues folksinger/guitarist Jake Xerxes Fussell got an early immersion in historical Americana thanks to his folklorist father, Fred Fussell, who travelled the rural South documenting and recording backwoods blues musicians. That respect for tradition is evident in the obscure early blues songs he's reinterpreted on his gorgeously understated self-titled debut, whose arrangements he updates with subtle sonic details that shift the work beyond historical re-enactment territory. His soulful, gravelly vocals and guitar work, often mixed to sound like he's standing 2 feet away from you, firmly centre the work.

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