Chicago singer-songwriter Robbie Fulks helped define alt-country when he released his first album in 1996. He most recently released Upland Stories to universal acclaim in 2016 via Bloodshot Records. On the road once again, Robbie plays Jammin’ Java tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb. 27.
On his latest album, Robbie turned to a variety of instruments, including pedal steel, guitars, keyboards, and drums, to expand his traditional acoustic sound. He wrestles with issues like fatherhood, marriage, and middle age in songs like “Alabama at Night,” “America Is a Hard Religion,” and “A Miracle.”
Watch Robbie Fulks perform “Aunt Peg’s New Old Man” live at the 88.1 KDHX Studios in St. Louis, Missouri, on June 9, 2017, via YouTube:
In a review for PopMatters, Steve Horowitz shared unabashed praise for Robbie Fulks:
“In a perfect world, Robbie Fulks would be crowned the king of country music. He’s the pure product of America gone crazy. His writes marvelous story songs that mine traditional styles and show a keen understanding of the changes in our personal, social, and historical lives. He’s a virtuoso acoustic guitar player and a terrific singer who knows how to hit an emotional note without affectation. He lets the strings and the lyrics speak for themselves.”