Saturday, January 22, 2022

Jake Xerxes Fussell - Good & Green Again


Jake Xerxes Fussell's records are always worth a listen. He's back early in 2022 with another very  good one, entitled Good & Green Again.

No real surprises. He's not that kind of artist. He mines the seam he's mined for many years now. That folk seam between the moments of Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan and The Band. The place where good songwriting and telling tales are what's mostly highly prized.

Fussell is a definite contender if prizes are being handed out in this respect. Good & Green Again plays its hand sraight. There's not the slightest hint of pastiche or irony of any sort. The playing with form that you get wth the likes of Will Oldham, Bill Callahan or Nick Cave.

No this is honest endeavour. Archealogical enquiry of the most loving and diligent kind. A very fine record to add to the modest pile this year has already produced.

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