Robbie Fulks

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Clever lyrics and an alt-country sound define the work of long-time Chicago resident, Robbie Fulks. Riding the fence between both mainstream contemporary country music and the classic country sound where he derives inspiration, Fulks has a sound all his own. Finding himself on the outs of the modern country sound in Nashville, Fulks claims he doesn’t fit into the “feelgoodism” that dominates country music in its Mecca. Fulks, along with his backing band have been praised by critics for songwriting and an inventive sound. An article in the Journal of Country Music said, “Fulks is a natural and gifted songwriter with a withering wit and an encyclopedic understanding of classic country song forms; he also happens to be one hell of a guitar player.”

Previous Bedrock Appearances:

  • June 14, 2008
  • July 16, 2009
  • November 11, 2011
  • October 18, 2013

A True Fulks Hero

Oct 17, 2013

Friday (10/18) the WUIS Bedrock 66 Live concert series presents Robbie Fulks with local guests The Old Fashioneds. Illinois Times Tom Irwin previewed the show in the latest issue. Don't miss what is always a highlight of the Bedrock season, a Robbie performance. BUY TICKETS NOW at 217-523-2787.

Robbie Fulks has been recording since the mid-'90s, making music that's difficult to categorize. He's written country songs about how compromised most country music is, and while he's fond of folk and bluegrass, he pleases concert audiences with covers of hits by Michael Jackson and Cher. Fulks' new album, Gone Away Backward, is one of his most sustained and subtle efforts.

Alt-country musician Robbie Fulks doesn't get much airplay on country radio, and he often takes an adversarial stance against the Nashville establishment. So a big part of his reputation is based on his more humorous songs — and his raucous live shows.

Fulks has just released his first live album, a two-disc set called Revenge; critic Ken Tucker has a review.

Randy Eccles

Robbie Fulks/Somebody's Daughter
November 11, 2011, 8 p.m. 
Show #8

Show Poster
David Landis

Robbie Fulks/Jenny Scheinman
July 16, 2009, 8 p.m. 
Show #6

Show Poster
David Landis

  Robbie Fulks/Elizabeth Cook
June 14, 2013, 8 p.m. 
Show #2