John Fullbright Lays Down His Roots

This article appears in our March/April issue - subscribe here. Wes Sharon is enjoying a quiet afternoon at 115 Recording, his hole-in-the-wall recording studio in Norman, Oklahoma. There’s a drum session scheduled for 2 o’clock, and John Fullbright – Sharon’s most well-known client, back in Oklahoma for a week of vacation before hitting the road again – might stop by during the evening. Still, for a studio that churned out a Top 20 country album (Turnpike Troubadours’ Goodbye Normal Street) and a Grammy-nominated folk record (Fullbright’s From The Ground Up) in 2012, day-to-day life at 115 Recording has been surprisingly normal. “When John got the Grammy nomination,” Sharon says, “we both thought, ‘Wow, man, it’s gonna get super busy!’ But honestly, nothing’s changed. I’ve done some interviews, and John is playing a lot of shows ... but as far as my own work goes, it’s business as usual.” It’s early January, and the 55th Grammy Awards are still a month away. Nominees were announced back in December, and From The Ground Up – Fullbright’s studio debut, recorded and mixed on a shoestring budget in three short weeks – received a nod for “Best Americana Album.” It was an unexpected nomination,…

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