Musicians like Jake Xerxes Fussell are nearly as rare nowadays as the material he performs. "All songs are traditional & in the public domain," reads the sole composition credit on Out of Sight, Fussell's often-transcendent third album. Put another way: Each of these nine songs survived the great folk-pop copyright round-up of the 1950s and '60s (and beyond), when publishers hunted down and claimed untold numbers of "traditional" melodies as their own.
T he memorably named North Carolina-dweller Jake Xerxes Fussell doesn't release originals - he is a folklorist dedicated to preserving rural music and work songs. Unlike Alan Lomax, who famously recorded American folk and blues with his father in the 20th century, Fussell sings the works he collects. Out of Sight is his third album of mellifluously upcycled cuts.