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Jake Xerxes Fussell, 'Love Farewell'

Drawing inspiration from the traditional ballad "Come Philanderers" by O.B. Campbell, "Love Farewell'' is the first single from Jake Xerxes Fussell's upcoming fourth album Good and Green Again. It's a heartbreaking song of love during war time that Fussell reinterprets and refreshes masterfully, his tender vocals and acoustic guitar turning the minimal source material into something rich and beautiful. "Cannons roar, and drums a-beating, oh my love, there's no retreating," he wistfully sings over a haunting pedal steel. Joining him on the chorus is Bonnie "Prince" Billy, whose harmonies blend perfectly with Fussell's and add to the song's woeful and melancholy tone.

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Brian Burns graduated from UNC's School of Information and Library Science in 2015 and is currently working as WUNC's Music Librarian.