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From the Ground Up

John Fullbright Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (May 8, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Dirt Records
  • ASIN: B007MMS21S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,527 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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John Fullbright s debut studio recording From the Ground Up is slated to hit stores on May 8th on CD and LP. Working off the success of his debut live recording, Live at the Blue Door, Fullbright has been gathering a strong fan base, one fan at a time through consistent touring throughout Texas and Oklahoma and a live show that continues to develop and strengthen each time he steps onto the stage. His virtuosic abilities on both the piano and guitar, combined with timeless lyric throughout From the Ground Up certainly sets Fullbright apart from his many comtemporaries both young and old. From the spiritually influenced Gawd Above and Satan and St. Paul to the poignantly satirical Fat Man John Fullbright is making his initial mark as a truly gifted writer, singer, player and performer-all before the age of 25.

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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow - Great New Voice Out of Oklahoma! May 9, 2012
Format:MP3 Music
I work in radio - one of the reasons I still love it is that I still, even after all these years of listening to music, STILL come across new stuff, fresh new releases that blow me away. Right now, it's the music made by this young guy out of Oklahoma, John Fullbright. He writes some great songs, and his delivery is just plain real. The music is rooted in folk, some label it "Americana", but like the best music it confounds any label immediately after it's applied. I could compare John Fullbright to a lot of people to try to give you some reference points, but I feel like that does him a disservice - as soon as you think, "Oh, he's like (fill in the blank)," suddenly, he's not.

Got this one a little early - a week or so ago, I put this album on driving around, driving to work, driving home - the CD player conveniently starts over with #1 - and I've played the first track from the album "Gawd Above" on the air a couple of times. Wanted to be sure to spread the word when the album came out, and it did yesterday. Music doesn't hit me good and strong this often, so when it does, I've gotta share the good news!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing album and artist May 11, 2012
Format:Audio CD
I recently saw John Fullbright at a COMMUNION show with 5 other bands (one of which was a solo set by Jackie Greene). John was the best music of the night in a night of great music; my friend and I couldn't stop telling each other how much we loved him. This album is fantastic! If you like this one, also check out "Live at the Blue Door". I see live music several times a month and have found a few new (to me) artists in the past couple of months that I really like, but this guy tops them all. I'm looking forward to hearing more great stuff from him in the future.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling new artist June 9, 2012
Format:Audio CD
For a young artist with a first studio release, this is an astonishing album. All the more so when you see that he plays most of the instruments and is 50% credited for production of the album. I was hooked on the first hearing. Beautiful vocals with a wide range emotions. Clever and sophisticated songs that require several listens before you really "get it". Great arrangements. I am still tingling when that Hammond-sounding organ comes in strong and gentle. And excellent guitar. The other thing that I love about these songs is their range. You can hear his nfluences - which are wide and diverse - but he never imitates. Like all great artists, he has taken from his favorite masters, and created some thing new and wonderful. I have just bought a couple of extra copies to give to my friends.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Is It Too Much To Ask For A Little Love January 25, 2013
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'I made the heaven and earth
I made the stars above
Is it too much to ask for a little love'
Gawd Above

One listen to the voice of John Fullbright is enough to garner your attention, so you listen for more songs and more sounds. I have read that he is compared to Dylan, Tom Waits, Leon Russell and Randy Newman. Every song on this CD, 'From the Ground Up' gives us a different sound, a little change, a lilt here and there, but there is no mistaking the talent. The songs and the voice draws us in, and then we want to hear more, know more, understand what the lyrics mean. "[My family] had a little farm, about 80 acres -- that's where I live now. The little farmhouse that I was raised in until I was about 9, that's where the title for the CD came from," Fullbright says. "Every song on this record was written in that house, and I was kind of written in that house." NPR

John Fullbright's voice sounds like it comes from an old soul at times, and then you see his fresh face, that of a 25 year old. There is a sincere sureness to his voice, it draws us in and we listen closely to the lyrics and the melody. With the use of an acoustic guitar and a piano, he sets a mood and we follow it.

There are 12 songs on this CD, and everyone of these tunes is as good as the next one. I keep thinking this one is my favorite until I hear the next one. 'Daydreamer', 'Forgotten Flowers', 'Song For a Child', 'Gawd Above' , and 'Jericho' are the ones I listen to over as over. 'Me Wanting You' brings me the haunting sounds. 'Fat Man' brings the lilting sounds,the beat that goes on. All the tunes are winners, and John Fullbright with this CD is up for a Grammy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I first heard John Fullbright on "A Prairie Home Companion" on Sept. 29, 2012, performing his song, "Satan & St. Paul", he just literally punched me between the eyes with his talent, his voice and over-all sound I fell in love with his music instantly and have listened to him also on his website. He's a dynamite musician, no wonder he was nominated for a Grammy, (and opposite Bonnie Raitt!). He's on a level with my other most favorite singer/songwriters, Jackson Browne, Neil Young and Leonard Cohen. Excellent poetic style, with a wide range of genre, from folk to blues to gospel/country.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid American Music September 4, 2012
By Spoobus
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I am very pleased to have purchased this album. John Fullbright's unique sound has had me listening to this album front to back several times over a few days. The portrayal of big business in America (Fat Man) and synopsis of Christianity (Gawd Above) are just a few titles that make this release great and entertaining. Satan and St. Paul is one of the best structured songs that I have heard in a long time. I thoroughly enjoy From The Ground Up and I can't wait for the next release.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Americana Music
Saw this gentleman on PBS and searched his CD immediately. Excellent lyrics, great music, listen to it over and over!
Published 24 days ago by Charlene A. Chappell
5.0 out of 5 stars Future Classic!
I can't stop listening to this CD. I bought it months ago and chose not to review it, but it has turned into my "go to" music to sing along with, to feel, and to enjoy. Read more
Published 28 days ago by David Yarbrough
3.0 out of 5 stars Sounds like an impersonator
To me, it sounds as if he wants to be Todd Snider, Leon Russell, John Prine, Connor Oberst, Hayes Carll and ? I'm not saying the guy isn't talented. Read more
Published 2 months ago by TSC
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best
I love every song on this CD and listen to it a LOT! John Fullbright is quite possibly the best lyricist I've ever heard and his musicianship is unparalleled. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Tam
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Musician added to our list of favorites!
Great album! Excellent musician that we will now add to our list of frequently listened to musicians. He will be worth watching for future releases.
Published 2 months ago by Kansasmama
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice record
Love this guys voice and the stripped down approach to production of this recording. Shades of Larry McMurtrey and Leon Russell. I'll listen for more from John Fullbright
Published 2 months ago by david boynton
5.0 out of 5 stars John Fullbright is incredible
John Fullbright is an incredible song writer. This CD has the struggle of the Gangster Rap, the angst of Rock, and the heartbreak of the Blues. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Judd Strom
5.0 out of 5 stars Fullbright rocks the house
John Fullbright is one of the brightest stars in an otherwise mediocre current music scene. Rivoting lyrics, great musicianship, and soul beyond compare set him apart from all... Read more
Published 3 months ago by singingbamman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
I really like his music , it's from the heart , my favorites are Jerico and nowhere to be found ...
Published 3 months ago by Larry manne
5.0 out of 5 stars This guy is amazing!!!
Insightful music for a man John's age. He really amazes me. There are several songs on this CD you will want to listen to over and over again.
Published 3 months ago by S. Stokesbary
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