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Jake Xerxes Fussell Puts A Fresh Spin On Traditional Music On 'Out Of Sight'

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Brad Bunyea
Jake Xerxes Fussell


Jake Xerxes Fussell's family history plays a significant role in his musical output. The son of a folklorist, curator and photographer spent his childhood listening to old bluesmen and Native American artists his father was recording.

Fussell traveled from his native Georgia to California and Mississippi, winding up in Durham where he now lives. Along the way he learned and collected songs that show up on his new record OUT OF SIGHT.

"..for me, the process has to be connecting with something emotionally and then drawing out certain aspects..singing it from a place that feels real to me rather than me trying to emulate someone else."

Fussell plays Duke Gardens with a band of local all-stars on July 10th. You can hear more of his music at WUNC Music and at 91.5 HD2.


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