We are proud to announce that singer-songwriter Jake Xerxes Fussell will open Crossroads @ SECCA #020 on Friday, February 23, 2017, in support of Caleb Caudle.
Doors will open at 5 p.m. and music will begin at 7 p.m. Food vendors and beer from Foothills Brewing will be available for purchase.
"We're excited to have Jake Fussell onboard to open up for Caleb Caudle for Crossroads @ SECCA #020," said Andy Tennille, a member of the SECCA Foundation board and curator of the Crossroads concert series.
"I've been a fan of Jake's since the release of his fantastic self-titled debut album in 2015 and eagerly awaited the follow-up, What In The Natural World, which came out earlier this year and ended up on the New Yorker's best music in 2017 list, among many more," continued Tennille. "This will be a great night of music featuring two of North Carolina's best young singer-songwriters."
Advance tickets are $15 for general admission and $25 for VIP tickets (reserved seating, one custom letterpress show poster per ticket order & other sponsor giveaways), and $18 for general admission and $28 for VIP tickets when purchased on the day of the show. Children under the age of five are welcome and will be granted free admission.
Tickets for the show are on sale now at HERE
About Jake Xerxes Fussell
Durham, North Carolina singer and guitarist Jake Xerxes Fussell's self-titled debut record, produced by and featuring William Tyler, transmutes ten arcane folk and blues tunes into vibey cosmic laments and crooked riverine rambles. Jake Xerxes (yes, that's his real middle name, after Georgia potter D.X. Gordy) grew up in Columbus, Georgia, son of Fred C. Fussell, a folklorist, curator, and photographer who hails from across the river in Phenix City, Alabama (once known as "The Wickedest City in America" for its rampant vice, corruption, and crime.) Fred's fieldwork took him, often with young Jake in tow, across the Southeast documenting traditional vernacular culture, which included recording blues and old-time musicians with fellow folklorists and recordists George Mitchell and Art Rosenbaum (which led Jake to music, and to some of the songs herein) and collaborating with American Indian artists (which led Jake eventually to his graduate research on Choctaw fiddlers.)
As a teenager, Jake began playing and studying with elder musicians in the Chattahoochee Valley, apprenticing with Piedmont blues legend Precious Bryant ("Georgia Buck"), with whom he toured and recorded, and riding wild with Alabama bluesman, black rodeo rider, rye whiskey distiller, and master dowser George Daniel ("Rabbit on a Log"). He joined a Phenix City country band who were students of Jimmie Tarlton of Darby and Tarlton; he accompanied Etta Baker in North Carolina; he moved to Berkeley, where he hung with genius documentary filmmaker Les Blank and learned from Haight folkies like Will Scarlett (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna, Brownie McGhee) and cult fingerstyle guitarist Steve Mann ("Push Boat"); he appeared on A Prairie Home Companion. He did a whole lot of listening, gradually honing his prodigious guitar skills, singing, and repertoire. In 2005, he moved to Oxford, Mississippi, where he enrolled in the Southern Studies department at Ole Miss, recorded and toured with Rev. John Wilkins, and, last year, met up with acclaimed artist William Tyler to begin recording his first solo album.
Fussell follows his celebrated self-titled debut with a moving new album of Natural Questions in the form of transmogrified folk/blues koans. This time, these radiant ancient tunes tone several shades darker while amplifying their absurdist humor, illuminating our national, and psychic, predicaments. What in the Natural World features art by iconic painter Roger Brown and contributions from three notable Nathans—Nathan Bowles (Steve Gunn), Nathan Salsburg (Alan Lomax Archive), and Nathan Golub (Mountain Goats)—as well as Joan Shelley and Casey Toll (Mt. Moriah).
About Crossroads @ SECCA
Launched in 2011, the Crossroads @ SECCA concert series aims to provide attendees with an extraordinary evening of music, art, food and drink featuring world-class musicians in an intimate concert environment. To date, the series has hosted Lucinda Williams, Gillian Welch, Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Leon Russell, Jim White, The South Memphis String Band, David Grisman & Del McCoury, Charles Walker & the Dynamites, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Justin Townes Earle, Phil Cook, David Holt Band, Amythyst Kiah, Lonnie Holley, Ben Sollee, Caleb Caudle, Loamlands, Dean & Britta, William Tyler, Patterson Hood, Hiss Golden Messenger, Odyssey 5, Love Language, Estrangers, Chris Stamey and the Blind Boys of Alabama.
"SECCA's Crossroads concert series has secured a firm foothold as one of the Piedmont's most innovative and maybe even the Triad's premiere concert series."
Ryan Snyder, Yes! Weekly