Jake Xerxes Fussell is a time traveler.
Xerxes was the fourth king of the Achaemenid dynasty and the namesake of a Southern potter. Jake was named after the potter. His journey has taken him from his hometown of Columbus, Georgia to Berkeley to Oxford, Mississippi to Durham - with furloughs in countless hamlets, way stations and outposts along the way. His folklorist father was a museum curator who traversed the the Deep South researching, recording and photographing old-time musicians of all shapes and sizes. Rug rat Jake tagged along, meeting the blues and folk pickers along the way. He learned to play guitar.
Later in life, he met William Tyler. The kindred spirits played music together and recorded Jake's first album in 2015, a self-titled affair with Tyler in the producer's booth. It's a folk record for modern times. Earlier this year, Fussell released What in the Natural World, his second full length. It's a collection of vernacular songs from the 1920s and 1930s, reinterpreted for today's Heads. Both records were released by Chapel Hill's fortress label Paradise of Bachelors.
Jake Xerxes Fussell's name takes us back to the earliest of times, and the songs he's chosen to record reflect his passion for digging up musical gems that were forgotten long ago. But the way he plays them is utterly of - and for - today.
Jake Xerxes Fussell will be in Charlotte on Thursday (12/14) for an intimate living room set at Recover Brands. CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS.
Prior to the show, we had a nice, long phone chat with Jake to discuss his recent European tour with the gospel group The Como Mamas. We also talked about the democratic power of YouTube and the need to break away from our traditional arbiters of hip and cool in order to broaden our musical palates. It's a fascinating interview - CLICK HERE TO CHECK IT OUT.
JAKE XERXES FUSSELL PLAYS RECOVER BRANDS ON THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14TH. CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS. FREE BEER WILL BE PROVIDED (OR BYOB). SEE YOU THERE!