Jake Xerxes Fussell – Out Of Sight (album review)

by Woody on June 11, 2019

photo credit: Brad Bunyea

Over the last few weeks, since Fussell announced this album, I’ve been listening to his 2017 effort, What In the Natural World with some regularity. The word that always comes to mind when listening to Fussell is effortless.

On Out Of Sight, Fussell again goes mining through old folk songs and puts his own spin on them. But on his third album, Fussell enlists a band -Nathan Bowles (drums), Casey Toll (bass), Nathan Golub (pedal steel), Libby Rodenbough (violin, vocals), and James Anthony Wallace (piano, organ) – and the results are stunning. Yet once again, the word that kept popping into my head was effortless.

It’s as if he called up his band, found some tunes in a book, started playing and told the band to follow me. And off they went. As effortless as it first comes across at first, there is just so much to uncover with each listen. Some of my favorites include Michael Was Hearty and Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues.

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