Wine, Steak and John Fullbright

Bryan, Texas recently hosted the 10th anniversary of the Texas Reds Steak & Grape Festival. According to their website, the Texas Reds Festival is a celebration of two major industries in Texas: beef and wine. Throw in craft beer, original music and a renovated downtown historic district and you have everything you need all in one place for a stunning weekend.

But, I’m here to talk to you today about the music. Bryan hosted a fantastic lineup including Rodney Crowell, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Ian Moore, the amazing Shinyribs and previously-unknown-to-me John Fullbright.

Since I had never heard of John Fullbright, I won’t fill you in on his background and life story like he and I are pals. You and I can both learn together from Wikipedia and John’s own website.

What I will tell you – Fullbright is an incredible live performer! From the first note to the last, John had you wrapped around every word and hanging on the edge of your festival chair. He was also exceptionally versatile. With a well-worn voice, he let out a full spectrum of emotion as witnessed in “Gawd Above” and “Satan and Saint Paul”. The biggest surprise, though, was his skill on piano. The first thing that comes to mind regarding contemporary, pop piano is Ben Folds Five. So, you may be thinking I’d had too much to drink at this point. But, No Really! Check out “Ain’t Nobody’s Business”. (Just ignore the part with the harmonica, if you can.)

If John Fullbright performs at a town near you, definitely go to the show. You won’t regret it.

“Ain’t Nobody’s Business” (Live at WFUV)

“Gawd Above”

Satan and Saint Paul

– More Info –

Artist / Musician / Band: John Fullbright
Genre: singer/songwriter, Americana, pop, rock
From: Okemah, Oklahoma

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