The 2009 Sarasota Folk Festival: Al Fuller

Al Fuller
Mar. 11, 2009
Al Fuller

As we mentioned previously, The 6th Annual Sarasota Folk Festival will be a whole new show this year. It has expanded to a two-day event and is now being held at Oscar Scherer State Park in Osprey. The boogie is going down March 14 and 15 and will feature 30 acts on three stages. The theme this year is “Go Green” and all the vendors have pledged to use biodegradable consumables and recycle all their waste. We had a chat with a few of the artists who will be rocking out the crowd:

Al Fuller

Bluesman Fuller has been playing around the area for 15 years, and this will be his fifth folk fest. “I play a lot of my own songs, but I’m kind of known for my blues stuff,” he says. “I don’t know what I’m going to play this year, but I have about 300 songs to choose from.” Fuller’s biggest influences were the great old blues guys like Muddy Waters and Buddy Guy. He grew up playing piano, but at the age of 11 his parents brought home a guitar. He was hooked.

Fuller has released five albums. His first was a solo joint, then he produced three with a full band before returning to his solo roots with his latest all-original disc, Coming Home. “I’ve had different variations of my band over the years,” he says. The current members gather together for Al Fuller’s Blues Jam at the Five O’Clock Club every Monday night. Dude is also a full-time guitar instructor at Fogt’s music store.

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