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Music in the Gardens: Jake Xerxes Fussell & Band

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 | 7:00 pm

Sarah P. Duke Gardens

The son of a prominent folklorist, Jake Xerxes Fussell learned the music of his home region firsthand at his father’s side, building up a vast knowledge base about the sounds native to the Georgia-Alabama border. On albums like 2017’s What In The Natural World and the newly released full band effort Out Of Sight, he plays covers of these traditional tunes as if they were his very own, carrying on a proud heritage while integrating what else he gleaned from folk players throughout the country. NPR commends him for his “deep respect and affinity for the Southern folk vernacular,” which comes across both on record as well as live. Presently dwelling in Durham, Fussell shares his informed view on this music at Sarah P. Duke Gardens in this special album release show.

Duke Performances’ 2019 Music in the Gardens is made possible, in part, with support from Duke Continuing Studies, Duke Summer Session & The Sarah P. Duke Gardens.

Jake Xerxes Fussell 'The River St. John - Live at McCabe's'

“[A] human jukebox, a raw and penetrating voice out of time, a genuine bluesman with the heart of a mystic.”

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