Music Announcement: John Fullbright Performs June 2
JOHN FULLBRIGHT will take the stage at Cain’s Ballroom on Friday, June 2. Born in Okemah, Fullbright began playing the piano when he was five. He had his debut performance at the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival and got his start in the Turnpike Troubadours. His first studio album, From the Ground Up, received a Grammy nomination in 2013 for Best Americana Album. His second album, Songs, released in May 2014 to critical acclaim.
The public at-large hasn’t heard much from him since the critically lauded Songs, a chasm of eight years that seemed unthinkable for someone with so much hype – including a Grammy nod, an American Music Association Emerging Artist nomination and awards from ASCAP and the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame – surrounding his early career. After an eight year gap, he released The Liar. He recorded the album, an exploration of the highs and lows of emotion, the good times and the aftermath, with the band of “usual suspects,” all of them key players in Tulsa’s vibrant music community.
“Fullbright synthesizes the best songcraft from his home state — [Jimmy] Webb, Leon Russell and, by default, Merle Haggard.… He’s got a tune called “Forgotten Flowers,” a thoughtful country lament, that Tom Waits and Randy Newman could fight over.”— Thomas Conner, Chicago Sun-Times. He now lives in Tulsa and tours the country.
Join us for the afterparty at the Hyatt. SETH LEE JONES will take the Horton Records Stage in the Promenade Ballroom. Tulsa slide guitar wizard and master luthier, Seth Lee Jones, delivers a collection rocking, road-tested blues that crackle with energy. Guitar World called Jones the most ear-catching, head-turning roots blues guitarist since Derek Trucks. Recommended if you like Sonny Landreth, Robin Trower or Derek Trucks.
Register now to join us for this performance as well as dozens of other sessions featuring keynotes, artist conversations, roundtable discussions, and much more. Switchyard will be held at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Tulsa, which has made a special rate available for festival attendees.