Wednesday, 3 May 2017

What The Fussell Is About

Earlier in the week I ventured up to darkest Dalston to see the exotically named Jake Xerxes Fussell at the hipster hangout that is Cafe Oto. Physically he definitely looks more like a Jake than a Xerxes, as I feel this photo shows.


Musically he specialises mostly in what our American friends might call "old-timey" music, but he does it in a very sprightly and appealing way. His new album, "What in the Natural World", is well worth getting hold of. This track is actually from his self-titled debut album and was one of the highlights of his performance; as was a very nice rendition of Allen Toussaint's "Freedom for the Stallion". Nobody does that quite like Mr Dorsey though.

"Pork And Beans" - Jake Xerxes Fussell

"Freedom For The Stallion" - Lee Dorsey

Today's clip is dedicated to the peculiar Emo Phillips/ Freddie Garrity hybrid who kept trying to block Mister F's view of the support act. It is a marvellous video but - and I can't emphasise this enough - it is for research only.

3 comments:

  1. I'm envious, I really wanted to catch Jake on this trip. Incidentally, I saw Joe Henry perform a lovely version of 'Freedom For the Stallion' earlier this year.

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  2. I like this Jake Xerxes Fussell track. It's a pity his first name isn't Xerxes, how great would that be? And imagine when you were young: "I'm off out now", "Where?", "Xerxes' house"."Hello Mrs Fussell, is your Xerxes coming out to play?".

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  3. By the way, that "hello Mrs Fussell.." commment in no way should be read as some sort of sexual innuendo

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