John Fulbright is back after 8 years on layoff with a new album, “The Liar”
Jean Fullbright is back.
The master singer-songwriter grew up in Bearden, Oklahoma, right next to Evan Felker of the Turnpike Troubadours. In fact, he was a member of the band for a while and co-wrote a number of their songs like “Every Girl”, “Pay No Rent”, “Evangeline”, and “Time of Day”.
However, he has not released an album since 2014…
But he’s back, as he released his third studio album, The liar, today.
He explained why it took eight years to release a new record:
“It’s been a process of learning to be in a community of musicians and to focus less on the lonely, depressed songwriter… just playing something that has a beat and is really fun.
That’s not to say there aren’t songs on this record where I deviate from that because there are, but there’s also a band that has an opinion. And this part is new to me.
But here we are in 2022 and Fullbright has rediscovered his love for songwriting, and needless to say, it was well worth the wait, as this may be his best solo work to date.
The album was built not only by Fullbright, but also by Jesse Aycock, Aaron Boehler, Paul Wilkes, Stephen Lee, Paddy Ryan, and engineered by Jason Weinheimer, and recorded at Steve and Charlene Ripley’s farm-studio up north -eastern Oklahoma. .
And they recorded everything in just 4 days:
“It was so collaborative with really cool vocals. It’s like playing music in Tulsa. Everyone does what they do and it works.”
The album is a mix of old songs, new songs, and unfinished songs that enlisted the help of other songwriters to complete them. But the end result is a much more creative, yet far less polished finished product for Fullbright, who in years past had treated the process like a science.
“What rules didn’t I have? Even like, how many syllables were in a line, I had arbitrary rules for. A lot of that is gone, and I’m so much happier.
It’s really just the idea that you don’t have to do it on your own. It’s so much more fun to collaborate.
Here’s a look at some of my favorites: