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The Old Fashioned #7

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Jake Xerxes Fussell

New discoveries abound in this week’s Old Fashioned. Nashville mandolin man and hat-maker Scott Simontacchi slipped us the most recent album by his friend and collaborator David Long, whose project called Public Record: Songs and Stories sounds like a true 1950s throwback with its vintage recording gear and timeless songwriting. David’s played with Mike Compton and Karl Shiflett among others and he’s got a true swing. Also emerging is Eli West, a guitarist and song-singer from Seattle. His “Johnny Wombat” here features fiddler Christian Sedelmyer and mandolinist Andrew Marlin. Full Cord Bluegrass was new to us out of Grand Haven, MI, but not new to the ROMP festival, where they won 2021’s band contest. Jake Xerxes Fussell is garnering buzz out of Durham, NC for his folkloric song interpretation, and this one’s a special reading of “Handsome Molly” called “Breast of Glass.” Also in the hour, new hits from Molly Tuttle and Del McCoury, plus Tex Mex from Belen Escobedo and hearty a cappella gospel from the Fairfield Four.

Del McCoury - Almost Proud
David Long - Bird Song
Wes Corbett - Boss Fight
Lynn Morris - Long Train of Fools
Jake Xerxes Fussell - Breast of Glass
Bill Monroe and Doc Watson - Midnight on the Stormy Deep
Belen Escobedo - Tu Vas Angel Mio
Fairfield Four - Dig a little Deeper
Full Cord Bluegrass - Downtown
Eli West - Johnny Wombat
Billy Hurt Jr. w Jeremy Stephens - Boarding House Blues
The Burnett Sisters - Rocky Road Blues
Molly Tuttle - Crooked Tree
Joe's Truck Stop - Wishing On A Star
The Slocan Ramblers - Harefoot's Retreat
The Vollmers - Cotton Patch

Craig Havighurst is WMOT's music news producer and host of The String, a show featuring conversations on culture, media and American music. New episodes of The String air on WMOT 89.5 in Middle Tennessee on Mondays at 8 pm, repeating Sundays at 7 am. Twitter and Instagram: @chavighurst.