Jake Xerxes Fussell, a Columbus, Georgia native now living in Durham, North Carolina, will release his second full-length album on March 31st via the Paradise of Bachelors independent record label. What in the Natural World is described as both darker and funnier than his self-titled debut album from 2015.
The son of folklorist Fred Fussell immersed himself from an early age in the traditional folk music of the region in which he was raised, and he apprenticed with Georgia country blues musician Precious Bryant as a teenager. His new album features musical contributions from Kentucky folklorist Nathan Salsburg, Louisville folk singer Joan Shelley, Durhan pedal steel guitarist Nathan Golub, Casey Toll of the band Mt. Moriah and North Carolina multi-instrumentalist Nathan Bowles.
Sporadic tour dates are lined up in February and March, including dates opening for Wilco in Chicago (Feb. 23rd) and New York City (March 21st and 22nd).