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Horse Thief – Fear in Bliss

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Colourmusic — May You Marry Rich

There’s always a sense of danger when debuting songs in a live setting and playing them well. Without having heard the studio versions, expectations are set according to the live incarnations. But capturing the breadth of free-flowing atmosphere and sheer volume on a disc, vinyl or digital file isn’t the easiest thing to do, especially for a band as vociferous as Colourmusic.
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Em and the MotherSuperiors — Churches into Theaters

As titles go, Churches into Theaters is an apt descriptor for the debut album from Oklahoma City rockers Em and the MotherSuperiors. It’s a reverential record, one that shares the gospel of classic rock, blues and soul but embraces the need to refashion it for modern times, channeling The Dead Weather, Grace Potter and Cage the Elephant along the way.
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Rachel Brashear — Revolution

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Multi-instrumentalist John Fullbright releases 'Live at the Blue Door'

Charles Martin November 26th, 2009

Greg Johnson can be brutally frank when sizing up musicians because he's seen so many walk through the front door of his concert venue, The Blue Door. It wasn't long after he first laid his ears...

Greg Johnson can be brutally frank when sizing up musicians because he's seen so many walk through the front door of his concert venue, The Blue Door. It wasn't long after he first laid his ears on 21-year-old multi-instrumentalist John Fullbright that he signed on as the singer/songwriter's manager and agreed to release "Live at the Blue Door" to introduce the musician to the world.

"I've found the next great American songwriter," Johnson said.

Spending equal time belting out blues, folk, blue-eyed soul and even verging on gypsy jazz, Fullbright blends "Moondance"-era Van Morrison soulfulness with Billy Joel's knack for pitch-perfect pop composition.

The playful and funky "All the Time in the World" is dangerously addictive and its Okla-centric lyrics are likely to be doomed to over-saturation on local radio waves, but that shouldn't diminish Fullbright as a razor-sharp songwriter.

"I don't have a clear approach to the songs I write; I just want the melody to be original and the words to be lasting. As long as I have those two things, then I don't really worry about the rest," he said.

"Live at the Blue Door" is all about guitar and harmonica, but Johnson said future recordings will highlight Fullbright's sizable skills behind a keyboard. He added that a growing number of industry-based true believers are starting to rally around Fullbright, but are careful not to saddle him with any guilt by association.

"There are two rules we have when talking about John," Johnson said. "First is we are not going to call him a 'red-dirt' artist, and second, we aren't going to call him an 'Americana' artist. He can walk in those worlds pretty easily, but there is a vastness to his music that I haven't seen in a long time from anyone."

Fullbright admitted having a longtime venue owner as a manager has its benefits.

"I get to open a lot of shows," he said with a laugh. "Just look at the schedule. I'm sure everybody hates me by now, because I open just about every show here." "Charles Martin

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