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Tickets on sale TODAY for John Fullbright's Dec. 13 show at UCO's Mitchell Hall

by Brandy McDonnell Published: August 15, 2014
John Fullbright performs in May at UCO's Mitchell Hall Theater. Photos by Nathan Poppe, The Oklahoman
John Fullbright performs in May at UCO's Mitchell Hall Theater. Photos by Nathan Poppe, The Oklahoman

EDMOND – Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter John Fullbright, who hails from Bearden, will return to his home state to play a Dec. 13 show at the University of Central Oklahoma’s Mitchell Hall.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. today via

Joining John will be Terry “Buffalo” Ware on guitar, David Leach on bass and Mark Patterson on drums. Celebrated Oklahoma songwriter/musician Travis Linville opens the show.

Fullbright is touring in support of his sophomore studio album, “Songs,” which he released earlier this year.

If there’s a recurring motif that jumps out upon first listen to “Songs,” it’s the act of writing itself.

“When I discovered Townes Van Zandt, that’s when I went, ‘You know, this is something to be taken pretty damn seriously,’” says Fullbright in a news release. “You can write something that’s going to outlast you, and immortality through song is a big draw.”

The arrangements on “Songs” are stripped down to their cores and free of ornamentation. Fullbright’s guitar and piano anchor the record, while a minimalist rhythm section weaves in and out throughout the album. That’s not to say these are simple songs; Fullbright possesses a keen ear for memorable melody and a unique approach to harmony, moving through chord progressions far outside the expected confines of traditional folk or Americana. The performances are stark and direct, though, a deliberate approach meant to deliver the songs in their purest and most honest form.

The Oklahoma native’s studio debut “From the Ground Up” earned Fullbright breakout critical acclaim and entrance into a community of songwriters whose work he admires.

“I didn’t grow up around musicians or like-minded songwriters, but I grew up around records,” he says in the news release. “One of the most fulfilling things about the last two years is that now I’m surrounded by like-minded people in a community of peers. You don’t feel so alone anymore.”

Fullbright played his Oklahoma City-area “Songs” release show back in May at Mitchell Hall, and it was a fabulous show. To read my review, click here.


by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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