We’re thrilled to open pre-orders for the forthcoming debut LP by the inimitable Jake Xerxes Fussell, a man perhaps described best by his good friend and collaborator William Tyler:
“Jake isn’t just a rare bird, he’s the professor you always wished you had, the friend you never get tired of epic hangs with, the human jukebox, the guitar player and singer who makes any band that he’s in better. He’s a southern scholar and gentleman in the tradition of Jim Dickinson, George Mitchell, and Les Blank. He’s a Dave Van Ronk for SEC country.”
On his self-titled debut album, produced by and featuring William Tyler, the Georgia-bred singer and guitarist—student of Piedmont blues legend Precious Bryant and sideman to Rev. John Wilkins—transmutes ten arcane folk/blues tunes into vibey cosmic laments and crooked riverine rambles. Crack(ed) Nashville session vets Chris Scruggs (steel guitar, bass, mandolin: Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Marty Stuart), Brian Kotzur (drums: Silver Jews), and Hoot Hester (fiddle: Bill Monroe, Ray Charles) crew the push boat.
Jake’s sly, atmospheric blues and ballads are highly recommended if you like Michael Hurley, John Prine, Dave Van Ronk, Jim Dickinson, Raccoon Records, and associated realms of critterdom. More details on the album here, and Jake’s artist page is here.
PRE-ORDER LP ($18), CD ($13), OR BOTH ($25) BELOW
The deluxe LP, pressed on 150g virgin vinyl, features a handsome heavy-duty reverse board jacket, detailed notes on songs and their sources, full color LP labels, and a download coupon; the CD is housed in a gatefold jacket. Pre-orders include an immediate 320k MP3 download of the first single, “Raggy Levy,” which you can listen to here (and above) thanks to the good people at PopMatters.
All pre-order customers will be entered in a drawing for a free test pressing. Additionally, to celebrate this great Nashville album, our previous releases recorded in Nashville–In Search by Chance (PoB-07) and the s/t debut by Promised Land Sound (PoB-09) will be discounted in both LP and CD formats ($12/LP and $8/CD) until Jake’s January 27 release date.
Acclaim from Heads Who Know:
“One helluva bluesman: in my opinion, the best young traditional blues artist performing today.”
– George Mitchell
“Jake X. Fussell is certainly one of America’s finest young tradition-based songsters and guitar pickers.”
– Art Rosenbaum
“Jake Xerxes Fussell is one of my brothers in song. A finer guitar picker, and more heart-centered interpreter of American song you will rarely find.”
– Jolie Holland
HOLIDAY SHIPPING – FREE SHIPPING UPGRADE
Unbelievably, it’s that time of year again, and we know that records make great gifts–and that sometimes we fall behind with our holiday shopping. So for all domestic U.S. orders placed between now through Dec. 19, we’ll automatically upgrade the shipment to First Class or Priority Mail status to make sure it arrives by Dec. 24.
(*Obviously, we can’t guarantee postal schedules, but the USPS tells us this shouldn’t be a problem. This offer does not apply to any order containing J.X. Fussell pre-order, since those orders won’t ship until mid-Jan.)
Happy holidays, y’all!