John Fullbright (from the album From the Ground Up available on )
First introductions are long-lasting, so initial impressions are important. On his debut release, From the Ground Up, John Fullbright matched personality with resume, the calling card reading “Gawd Above” as the piano man creates a heavenly presence made in his own image. Marching piano chords mark a path for the wandering gypsy fiddle and baroque texture of “Fat Man” as the ivory keys hush when John Fullbright exposes secrets in “I Only Pray at Night” as he slowly picks out acoustic guitar notes for “Forgotten Flowers”. Recorded in Norman, Oklahoma in 2012, From the Ground Up enlisted producer/engineer Wes Sharon and a backing band to capture his songs for demos. Once the three-day session hit playback, the game changed, John Fullbright recalling ‘we got lost in it in those three hours we were recording. We all looked at each other and thought, ‘No, this is the record. It’s not going to get any better than this anywhere else.’
Country music chews at the rhythms of “Moving” while a Bluesy harmonica leads the way into the call/response harmonies of “All the Time in the World” as a wistful melancholy follows the soft fall of piano note hammers in the endless search of “Nowhere to Be Found”. As the musical backing for the tales sound shifts, John Fullbright clearly remembers the origins of the songs on From the Ground Up, sharing that ‘every song on this record was written in that house, and I was kind of written in that house.’ The beat is a rolling wheel as John Fullbright tells the story of “Satan and St. Paul” while From the Ground Up supports “Jericho” on a determined chord structure.
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