First Fleet Concerts presents
212 4th Street
Des Moines, IA, 50309
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Three years ago John Fullbright burst upon the Southwest music scene with a stellar live album recorded at the famous Blue Door in Oklahoma City. From his home in Okemah, Oklahoma, also the home of Woody Guthrie, John honed his songwriting and playing skills to such a degree that before he was out of high school he was a favorite at festival campgrounds. The past three years have seen John share the stage with Jimmy Webb, Michael Fracasso, Joe Ely, Steve Poltz and many others from Oklahoma to Europe and back.
With the release of "From The Ground Up", Oklahoma singer/songwriter John Fullbright is certain to join any conversation about the best new artists in music today. Firmly rooted in a variety of musical styles, John draws on what has come before but without imitation. Forget labels when you listen to John Fullbright. He is not folk, not Americana and not pop, but possibly the best definition of them all. Fullbright's earliest songwriting heroes, Townes Van Zandt and Mickey Newbury certainly infuse this record, but so do Jimmy Webb and Randy Newman and many of Fullbright's lesser-known songwriting friends from Oklahoma and Texas.
Ruston Kelly is a Nashville based singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. At only 23, Ruston is gaining great esteem as a sought after songwriter in the Nashville scene. As the former lead singer of Elmwood, Ruston has toured with the likes of O.A.R. and G. Love to name a few, and graced the stages of festivals such as Bonnaroo, Forecastle, and Wakarusa. In 2012 Ruston has toured with Truth & Salvage Co., The Lumineers, and Jackie Greene as a solo artist.
Ruston's life experiences can be felt in every word he writes. His ability to tell a story delivered by an unparalleled emotion and melodic vocal control leaves the listener hanging on every word.