JOHN FULL­BRIGHT

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Songs Blue Dirt Records

★★★★

This one has been hang­ing around for a few weeks, sub­tly in­sin­u­at­ing it­self into our af­fec­tions, shrug­ging its shoul­ders, tak­ing its time. As such, it seems apt that Oklahoman John Full­bright’s rugged, square­jawed sto­ries of life and love sound both newly minted and yet as old as the hills. There’s a time­less­ness to these sparsely set Amer­i­cana songs, built around ei­ther piano or guitar. The mono­chrome set­tings and world-weary tone could be over­bear­ing in lesser hands, but Full­bright’s his first stu­dio al­bum (From the Ground Up) promised that he was some­thing spe­cial and Songs con­firms it. Full­bright is not the fin­ished deal – in­flu­ences re­main to be ironed out, and he has to fur­ther de­fine his own voice. But at 26 his work is re­mark­ably ma­ture, con­fi­dent and nat­u­ral, steeped in coun­try, folk and gospel. His own world, his own songs, his own man. john­full­bright.com Down­load: Gong Home, When You’re Here

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