Campground Session with Jake Xerxes Fussell

The Telluride Blues & Brews Festival “Campground Sessions” offer an live music experience like no other! Each afternoon festival campers take a short stroll from the festival Main Stage to a wooded corner of the picturesque Telluride Town Park campground for an exclusive, intimate live music performance. Here campers are greeted by a rustic stage, a steady-flowing creek and the golden aspen trees the San Juan Mountains are famous for. Shot by the Music Maker Relief Foundation, this session captures Jake Xerxes Fussell’s powerful vocals, beautiful guitar playing and southern inspired, melodic songwriting while he performs ‘Cowpoke’. Learn more about the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival Campground Sessions here.

About Jake Xerxes Fussell

When Jake was a youngster he would often accompany his folklorist, curator and photographer father into the field where the elder Fussell recorded the songs of blues and old-time musicians across the Southeast. As a teen he apprenticed with Piedmont blues artist Precious Bryant and also learned from Alabama bluesman George Daniel. His gift is listening, and from all the roots musicians he played with, the gift has paid off in his prowess on the guitar. According to William Tyler, his colleague and an acclaimed Nashville guitarist, “Jake isn’t just a rare bird, he’s the professor you always wished you had, the friend you never get tired of epic hangs with, the human jukebox, the guitar player and singer who makes any band that he’s in better. He’s a southern scholar and gentleman in the tradition of Jim Dickinson, George Mitchell, and Les Blank. He’s a Dave Van Ronk for SEC country.” Here’s to keeping American musical traditions alive and thriving.


About Music Maker Relief Foundation

The Music Maker Relief Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit, was founded to preserve the musical traditions of the South by directly supporting the musicians who make it, ensuring their voices will not be silenced by poverty and time. Music Maker will give future generations access to their heritage through documentation and performance programs that build knowledge and appreciation of America’s musical traditions.