Rising singer/songwriter John Fullbright lives about as outback as outback gets -- in Okemah, Okla. And even if it didn't happen to be the birthplace of Woody Guthrie, it would be a pretty good homebase for a troubadourial sort to have.
"It's an hour away from everything, which is great," Fullbright said in a recent interview. "But the bad part is you have to drive an hour to get to anything. Right now, though, I think I'm where I need to be because where I live is who I am. I have some strong ties here and it made me who I am, which shows in the songs. When I learned that third chord, I basically signed a contract that I'd have to travel a lot. I'm perfectly o.k. with driving seven hours to Austin or nine hours to Nashville. And it's also nice to be able to disappear back into the woods, have that little sanctuary that molded my identity."
Chances are good you've never heard of Fullbright before this. But he's an astoundingly great songwriter, and he's playing here in the Triangle Sunday night. For particulars on that, and more from him, click here.