Fulks goes down easy with "One Glass of Whiskey"
Friday, February 17, 2023
– Robbie Fulks it out with "One Glass Of Whiskey," the lead single from his 15th solo album "Bluegrass Vacation," slated for release on April 7 via Compass Records.
The song is a "contradiction of the stereotypical view of LA," said Fulks.
While bluegrass music has always been a part of Fulks's musical vision (he was a member of Special Consensus), "Bluegrass Vacation" marks his first full-length bluegrass endeavor. Sam Bush, Sierra Hull, Ronnie McCoury, Tim O'Brien, Alison Brown, John Cowan and Jerry Douglas all help out on the 12 songs.
"Molly and the Old Man" features Brennen Leigh's harmony vocals and Brown's banjo. "Angels Carry Me" features Sierra Hull on mandolin and balances three themes: rural loneliness, rock-star worship and father-son tension. The autobiographical "Longhair Bluegrass" connects Fulks to the hippie bluegrass festival scene of the early 1970s that helped shape him as an artist and features newgrass pioneers Sam Bush (mandolin/harmony vocals) and John Cowan (vocals). "Let The Old Dog In" is a bluegrass barnburner featuring picking from Russ Carson (banjo), Jerry Douglas (Dobro), Shad Cobb (fiddle) and Ronnie McCoury (mandolin).
"Electric guitars might give way to computers, as seems to be happening now, but the mountains will still be right there."
The track list is:
"One Glass Of Whiskey"
"Molly And The Old Man"
"Lonely Ain't Hardly Alive"
"Angels Carry Me"
"Sweet Li'l Cora-Mae"
"Let The Old Dog In"
"Old Time Music Is Here To Stay"
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