Seattle’s Jackrabbit’s debut E.P. is soon to be released on May 18th 2011. Coincidentally, this is also the anniversary of the eruption of Mt. St. Helens and singer/songwriter Tony Fulgham’s arrival to Seattle from Houston. Inspired by a topless mountain and a wealth of open green space, Tony’s songwriting started shortly thereafter and has been going strong ever since.
Tony’s most notable musical achievement to date was four years and two records made with his band North Twin. Falling Apart and Stronger at the Broken Places both received great reviews and regular rotation on KEXP, as well as college stations around the nation (including The Outlaw Country Channel on Sirius Satellite Radio). A true band, North Twin decided to call it quits when drummer Rick Cranford answered the call of the east and returned to the land of his people in Boston. The year that followed was a persistent search for the chemistry so elusive in starting a new band.
During this search, Tony tried a dozen different combos ranging from 4 to 7 members. Good musicians all, but none worked until Tony met drummer Aimee Zoe Tubbs at a show with one of her other bands, The Starlings. It was an instant musical crush that was shared by North Twin/Jackrabbit bassist Rebecca Young. What was at one point a seven-piece train wreck turned into three-piece bliss. The three of them stripped down all of Tony’s songs and began building them back up in the simplest of ways.
Recorded over a rainy weekend on Vashon Island at Jason Staczek’s home studio followed by a couple nights with legendary Seattle producer, Johnny Sangster. No frills, nothing fancy but guest appearances where a little icing was needed on the cake. Tony's sister, Shannon joins for some backing vocals on “Falling is Mine” and “Stronger Than You” while Bloodshot recording artist, Maggie Bjorklund plays peddle steel on the same two tracks. Jason Staczek and his grand piano on “Stronger Than You” while Johnny Sangster fills out “Falling Is Mine” with the addition of his electric guitar.
Influenced by Waylon Jennings, Calexico, Tom Waits and Elvis Costello, Tony’s song writing seems to be endless and a feature length record is soon to follow.
With a batch of sad songs about good times, Jackrabbit seems to be at the beginning of a friendship that will one day be worth a story all its own. No telling how long Jackrabbit will stay a three piece but for right now a bottle of wine and a game of dice splits three ways pretty nicely.