By: Nate Day
Northern Colorado is known for producing some of the best local music acts out there, and A.J. Fullerton is no exception. His debut album Kalamath features nine original folk-rock songs all written and sang by the 22-year-old artist. Sounding much older than he truly is (partly because of his voice, and partly because of his rich and meaningful lyrics), Fullerton features some other heavy hitters from NoCo, including Travis Scott , who plays guitar on the track “Highway 285”, and Nic Clark, whose harmonica is featured on “Smoke & Mirrors” and “She’s so Cold”. The record also shows a great deal of range; songs like the title track “Kalamath” and “Falling Apart at the Seams” provide a more laid back and folksy vibe, while numbers like “She’s so Cold” turns up the heat for a real blues/rock jammer. It’s is a true blues album, so fans of The Avett Brothers, Joss Stone, and Anderson East should certainly give Fullerton a listen. If there is a downside to the album, it’s that many of the songs sound similar, making it somewhat boring fairly quickly, but just before the skip button becomes irresistible, a new track stars to renew your faith in the album. Standout tracks include “She’s so Cold,” “Highway 285,” “Oh Frustration,” and a fiery cover of R.L. Burnside’s “Wish I was in Heaven Sittin’ Down” that just may rival the original.