Hailing from Durham, N.C. with Columbus, Ga. roots, Jake Xerxes Fussell’s self-titled debut features traditional blues in its fine simplicity with gentle guitar picking and lap steel.
Fussell’s background in traditional blues stems from an early life of following his folklorist father around the South, encountering legends such as George Mitchell and Art Rosenbaum. In his teens, Fussell apprenticed with blueswoman Precious Bryant, and moved to Berkley later, where he honed his craft with Will Scarlett and Steve Mann. His talent eventually led to appearances on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion.
After enrolling in a Southern Studies program at Ole Miss in Oxford, Miss., Fussell then recorded and embarked on a tour with Rev. John Wilkins before meeting William Tyler to record his solo album last year.
Jake Xerxes Fussell’s album is due out Jan. 27.