John Fullbright

1:48pm

Tue December 18, 2012
World Cafe

John Fullbright On World Cafe

Originally published on Tue December 18, 2012 3:18 pm

John Fullbright.
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Folk singer John Fullbright got his start at the age of 16, playing at small venues in his native Oklahoma for tips and the occasional free meal. "I'd stand up there and play until my voice was gone, which sometimes would take three hours. Sometimes it'd take longer," Fullbright says. "But that's where I really learned to scream."

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3:31pm

Tue May 22, 2012
World Cafe

Next: John Fullbright

Originally published on Wed May 30, 2012 8:09 am

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  • Hear two new tracks by John Fullbright

Hailing from Okemah, Okla., with a serious talent for writing Americana music, John Fullbright is often compared to Woody Guthrie. But Fullbright isn't riding on the coattails of the great folk artists who came before him; in fact, he describes himself as a songwriter, not just a musician, because he's determined to play his own music.

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2:03pm

Sat May 5, 2012
Music Interviews

John Fullbright: The Man (And Album) Written In Oklahoma

Originally published on Mon May 21, 2012 8:38 am

John Fullbright's new album is From the Ground Up.
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Okemah, Okla. — the birthplace of Woody Guthrie — has another musical native son to call its own. John Fullbright's recordings mix folk, country and blues, and his lyrics often tackle big-picture topics.

"I grew up with a lot of questions that couldn't really seem to be answered," Fullbright tells NPR's Rachel Martin. "Why are we here? Did some higher power make all of this? Did he make me? And songwriting is kind of your own voice, your strongest voice, that you can use to ask yourself those questions."

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