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Musician Jacob Furr sets sail for familiar 'Shores'

Posted 9:41am on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012

Sometimes, you really can go home again -- Fort Worth native Jacob Furr is living proof.

After a four-year stint at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, and an 18-month interlude in San Francisco, the 25-year-old singer-songwriter moved back to North Texas early last year with his wife, Christina, to settle in the near southside. Amid all the transitions, Furr, a guitar player for as long as he can remember, began pursuing music in earnest. He had long dabbled in music as a hobby -- he released an album, 2009's The Long Road, and a pair of EPs in 2011, the To Kill a Mockingbird-inspired Finches, and The Townes Covers, paying tribute to Townes Van Zandt.

It was only after friends in San Francisco urged him to spend more time with his folk-flecked compositions that he decided to go all in with his latest EP, Farther Shores.

"A lot of the album just has to do with ideas of home: What does that mean [and] how much influence should a place have over you," Furr says.

Ironically, nearly all of the songs were written while Furr and his wife were living within sight of the San Francisco Bay, and taking drives into the rolling countryside.

There's a nautical underpinning to many of the tracks -- complete with titles like Voices on the Sea and Sailed Away Master -- yet the saltwater-soaked lyrics are offset by Furr's rustic musical approach, which takes its cues from the Lone Star State's indelible blend of sun-blasted country atmospherics.

Furr, who works at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, began recording Farther Shores last summer at his home studio, only to intentionally delete everything and start over a few months later, simplifying arrangements and making the songs more austere. He likens the act to "the environment of painters": "There's a sense of composition; destroy it if you don't like it and start over."

Furr will release Farther Shores digitally at jacobfurr.bandcamp.com Jan. 31 (and you can find his previously released material on the site as well), but ahead of that, he will be playing Jan. 25 at Tie Restaurant in downtown Fort Worth and Feb. 3 at Zio Carlo's Brewpub on Magnolia Avenue.

His re-entry into the Fort Worth music scene has been gradual -- "When I moved back [from San Francisco], I was kind of surprised," Furr says. But he's reconnecting with people he grew up knowing, citing bands like Telegraph Canyon and the Hanna Barbarians. "It's been exciting to move back and have decided to pursue this; it's definitely fun to be part of the community."

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