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Jake Xerxes Fussell What In the Natural World Release Day + Show at Nightlight.

Jake Xerxes Fussell What In the Natural World Release Day + Show at Nightlight.

Alongside the release of the album today, the Oxford American has featured an interview, with a special emphasis on the fifth track, “Bells of Rhymney.” Fussell will head out on a spring UK and EU tour co-headlining with Daniel Bachman, followed by a summer US tour with Joan Shelley. He celebrates the album release with a full-band performance at the Nightlight in Chapel Hill today, March 31.

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Jake Xerxes Fussell Jumps for Joy.

Jake Xerxes Fussell Jumps for Joy.

Hear album opener “Jump for Joy,” a gorgeously transformed Duke Ellington cover featuring Nathan Bowles, via Flood Magazine. Jake opens for Wilco in NYC this month, followed by a US tour with Joan Shelley and Nathan Salsburg, and then an EU/UK tour with Daniel Bachman. What in the Natural World is out March 31, when he’ll celebrate with a full-band record release show in Chapel Hill, NC.

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James Elkington in Paradise.

James Elkington in Paradise.

We’re excited to welcome to PoB Mr. James Elkington, whose masterful guitar playing and arranging you’ve certainly heard, even if you didn’t realize it. An inveterate collaborator, Jim has been the other guitarist in Steve Gunn’s band since Way Out Weather. He has also toured and/or recorded with Michael Chapman (on 50), Nathan Salsburg (on Ambsace), Jeff Tweedy, Richard Thompson, Joan Shelley, Tortoise, and Brokeback, just to name some of his many enthusiastic admirers. Stay tuned for details on his debut solo album, and catch him onstage this week with Jake Xerxes Fussell and Wilco.

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Jake Xerxes Fussell Announces UK/EU Tour + Mind Over Mirrors Tours US.

Jake Xerxes Fussell Announces UK/EU Tour + Mind Over Mirrors Tours US.

Jake and Jaime are hitting the road this spring—separately, sadly, but in great company. Jake will be touring the pubs, cafes, and boltholes of the UK and EU for the first time, with our bud Daniel Bachman, this April and May, while Mind Over Mirrors will be touring with Brokeback.

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Mind Over Mirrors: Undying Color Release Day + Our First 100 Days.

Mind Over Mirrors: Undying Color Release Day + Our First 100 Days.

If you require a mind-expanding tonic to our national spell of ignorant, truculent insanity, the new Mind Over Mirrors album Undying Color is available today in your favorite record shops and online merchants, digital and physical alike. Listen, read critical acclaim for the album, learn about Secretly Group’s Our First 100 Days Project, and catch up on current and upcoming PoB tours.

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Jake Xerxes Fussell Shares "Furniture Man" via Aquarium Drunkard.

Jake Xerxes Fussell Shares “Furniture Man” via Aquarium Drunkard.

After presenting debut single via NPR Music’s Songs We Love, the Durham, North Carolina singer and guitarist now shares “Furniture Man,” a desperate tale of poverty, dispossession, and imminent homelessness, as relevant and heartrending now as it was when first recorded in the 1920s. Aquarium Drunkard calls him “a national treasure.” Jake plays Chapel Hill tonight and opens for Wilco this month and next in Chicago and New York.

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Pre-order Jake Xerxes Fussell's What in the Natural World + Hear "Peaches" via NPR.

Pre-order Jake Xerxes Fussell’s What in the Natural World + Hear “Peaches” via NPR.

As we brace ourselves for this week’s ersatz presidential pomp, rank and rancorous politics, and righteous protests and marches, please allow us to ask one philosophical question no pundit but Jake Xerxes Fussell is asking: “Have You Ever Seen Peaches Growing on a Sweet Potato Vine?” Today NPR Music premiered this first Natural Question from Jake’s forthcoming album, with Laura Snapes writing that his “burly, winking voice is made for storytelling.”

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Jake Xerxes Fussell: What in the Natural World (PoB-031)

Jake Xerxes Fussell: What in the Natural World (PoB-031)

Fussell follows his celebrated s/t debut with a moving new album of Natural Questions in the form of transmogrified folk/blues koans. This time these radiant ancient tunes tone several shades darker while amplifying their absurdist humor, illuminating our national, and psychic, predicaments. Featuring art by Roger Brown and contributions from three notable Nathans—Bowles, Salsburg, and Golub—as well as Joan Shelley and Casey Toll.

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Summer/Fall Performance News: Hopscotch, Southern Accent, Tours, and More.

Summer/Fall Performance News: Hopscotch, Southern Accent, Tours, and More.

News about the release show for Nathan Bowles’ Whole & Cloven at the Center for the Study of the American South, as well as PoB artists at the Hopscotch Music Festival, the Southern Accent exhibition at the Nasher Museum of Art, and tour date updates from Hiss Golden Messenger, Itasca, Jake Xerxes Fussell, Nap Eyes, Promised Land Sound, Steve Gunn, and Terry Allen.

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Video: Jake Xerxes Fussell and William Tyler Duet at Duke.

Video: Jake Xerxes Fussell and William Tyler Duet at Duke.

Mississippi buddies Jake Xerxes Fussell and William Tyler reunited on stage at Duke Gardens this week in the sweltering heat, each playing sets from their most recent solo albums and joining each other for Willy T’s “Highway Anxiety,” the traditional “Star Girl” (from Jake’s s/t album, produced by Willy), Nick Lowe’s “I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass,” and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s summertime classic “Fishin’ in the Dark.”

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Goodbye, Goat; Hello, Monkey.

Goodbye, Goat; Hello, Monkey.

2015 (Year of the Goat) in all its splendor and magnificence is out the door, and 2016 (Year of the Monkey) is right around the corner. Seems only appropriate to reflect on things that were, round-up some additional year end list recognition, and propel us into this next age with some upcoming tour dates.

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Steve Gunn Tours with Wilco and in EU + Jake Xerxes Fussell in NYC.

Steve Gunn Tours with Wilco and in EU + Jake Xerxes Fussell in NYC.

Steve Gunn and the Way Out Band have begun their May mini-tour supporting the great Wilco, which will be followed by a long European tour through August. Plus, Jake Xerxes Fussell plays Union Pool on May 6 (check out some videos of him performing with pal and producer William Tyler.)

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