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That plainspoken approach is part of whatâ€™s fueled the young Oklahomanâ€™s remarkable rise. It was just two years ago that Fullbright released his debut studio album, â€˜From The Ground Upâ€™ to a swarm of critical acclaim. The LA Times called the record â€œpreternaturally self-assured,â€� while NPR hailed him as one of the 10 Artists You Should Have Known in 2012, saying â€œitâ€™s not every day a new artistâ€¦earns comparisons to great songwriters like Townes Van Zandt and Randy Newman, but Fullbrightâ€™s music makes sense in such lofty company.â€� The Wall Street Journal crowned him as giving one of the yearâ€™s 10 best live performances, and the album also earned him the ASCAP Foundationâ€™s Harold Adamson Lyric Award. If there was any doubt that his debut announced the arrival of a songwriting force to be reckoned with, it was put to rest when â€˜From The Ground Upâ€™ was nominated for Best Americana Album at the GRAMMY Awards, which placed Fullbright alongside some of the genreâ€™s most iconic figures, including Bonnie Raitt.
â€œI never came into this with a whole lot of expectations,â€� says Fullbright. â€œI just wanted to write really good songs, and with that outlook, everything else is a perk. The fact that we went to LA and played â€œGawd Aboveâ€� in front of a star-studded audience [at the GRAMMY pre-tel concert], never in my life would I have imagined that.â€�
But for Fullbright, it hasnâ€™t been all the acclaim that means the most to him, but rather his entrance into a community of songwriters whose work he admires.
â€œWhen I started out, I was all by myself in a little town in Oklahoma where whatever you wanted, you just made it yourself,â€� he explains. â€œI didnâ€™t grow up around musicians or like-minded songwriters, but I grew up around records. One of the most fulfilling things about the last two years is that now Iâ€™m surrounded by like-minded people in a community of peers. You donâ€™t feel so alone anymore.â€�
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