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Jake Xerxes Fussell, 'Love Farewell'

Drawing inspiration from the traditional ballad "Come Philanderers" by O.B. Campbell, "Love Farewell'' is the first single from Jake Xerxes Fussell's upcoming fourth album Good and Green Again. It's a heartbreaking song of love during war time that Fussell reinterprets and refreshes masterfully, his tender vocals and acoustic guitar turning the minimal source material into something rich and beautiful. "Cannons roar, and drums a-beating, oh my love, there's no retreating," he wistfully sings over a haunting pedal steel. Joining him on the chorus is Bonnie "Prince" Billy, whose harmonies blend perfectly with Fussell's and add to the song's woeful and melancholy tone.

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Brian Burns is the Music Director for WUNC Music, WUNC's AAA music discovery station. He has been working within the local music scene for over a decade. On the weekends you might see him DJing at various spots around the Triangle, or digging through boxes of records. He's also the host of King Street Soul on WHUP in Hillsborough, NC and a contributor to NPR Music. He graduated from UNC’s School of Information and Library Science with an MSLS in 2015.
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