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John Fullbright on World Cafe | December 18, 2012

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Folk singer John Fullbright got his start at the age of 16, playing at small venues in his native Oklahoma for tips and the occasional free meal. "I'd stand up there and play until my voice was gone, which sometimes would take three hours. Sometimes it'd take longer," Fullbright says. "But that's where I really learned to scream."

Fullbright sings with a raw howl, but he never loses control — countless hours spent performing have helped him refine the rough edges of his voice. Although he had previously released a live album — 2009's Live At The Blue Door — Fullbright's proper studio debut, From The Ground Up, was released earlier this year.

Written mostly in his family's Oklahoma farmhouse, the album focuses on the singer's faith — Fullbright even sings from the perspective of God himself on "Gawd Above." The album has won Fullbright plenty of well-earned attention, and he was even included in NPR Music's list of 10 Artists You Should Have Known In 2012. (Link)


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Violent Femmes "Blister in the Sun" Violent Femmes
Jack White "Love Interruption" Blunderbuss
The XX "Chained" Coexist
Daniel Lanois "The Marker" Acadie
Levon Helm "The Mountain" Dirt Farmer
((Sara Watkins "Freiderick" Sara Watkins ))
John Fullbright "Gawd Above" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
John Fullbright "Satan and St. Paul" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
John Fullbright "Moving" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((Summer Fiction "By the Sea" Summer Fiction))
XTC "Dear God" Skylarking
Alt-J "Tessellate" An Awesome Wave
The War on Drugs "Baby Missiles" Slave Ambient
TV on the Radio "Halfway Home" Dear Science
((They Might Be Giants "Damn Good Times" Recorded Live For The World Cafe))


Billy Bragg "Valentine’s Day is Over" Worker’s Playtime
Trey Anastasio "Valentine" Traveler
!!! "Am/Fm" Strange Weather, Isn’t It
Villagers "Nothing Arrived" Awayland
Iron & Wine "Boy With a Coin" Boy With a Coin
((Minus the Bear "My Time" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Django Django "Default" Django Django
The Postal Services "The District Sleeps Alone Tonight" Give Up
Band of Horses "Knock Knock" Mirage Rock
((Terry Callier "You’re Goin’ Miss Your Candy Man" What Color is Love))
Cody ChesnuTT "That’s Still Mama" Landing on a Hundred
General Public "Tenderness" The Beat Goes On
Jim James "Know Til Know" Regions of Light and Sound of God
Bryan Ferry "The Right Stuff" Bete Noire