Fulks looks at bluegrass with "Longhair Bluegrass"
Friday, March 17, 2023
– Robbie Fulks offers a humorous and autobiographical take on the bluegrass festival scene of the mid 1970s with "Longhair Bluegrass," the second track from his upcoming album "Bluegrass Vacation," out April 7 via Compass Records.
Reminiscing about the newgrass festivals of his youth, Fulks said: "While Mom and Daddy were getting' fried, I was sittin' there with my eyeballs wide." Original Newgrass Revival members Sam Bush (mandolin/harmony vocals) and John Cowan (vocals) join Fulks on the track as well as banjoist Alison Brown who channels John Hartford for good measure.
The lead single is "One Glass Of Whiskey." The song includes Wes Corbett's banjo, Ronnie McCoury's mandolin and with Chris Eldridge's guitar.
Written shortly after his move to Los Angeles in 2019, 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, "Bluegrass Vacation" marks his first full-length bluegrass endeavor. The album features Sierra Hull, Tim O'Brien and Jerry Douglas.
More news for Robbie Fulks
CD reviews for Robbie Fulks
The Americana Outcast Robbie Fulkshas been delivering spellbinding albums since the late '90s, but has never returned to bluegrass in that time. Select songs within both "Upland Stories" and especially "Gone Away Backward" flirted with 'grass, but it hasn't been since his sole album with The Special Consensus (1989's "A Hole in My Heart") that Fulks has fully immersed himself in the beauty that is unabashed bluegrass.
Fulks' vocal style ...
Twenty years ago, Robbie Fulks became a beloved alt.-country figure by writing modern honky tonk and country songs that rose above the work of many other contemporary traditionalists thanks to a combination of sharp wit and engaging storytelling. In 2013, Fulks gained critical acclaim for "Gone Away Backward," an album that took a deeper dive into history by embracing the traditional Appalachian folk music that proved to be country music's bedrock. That exploration continues with ...
Robbie Fulks is going backwards in more ways that one - not that that's a negative. For starters, he's back with Bloodshot - the label where he released four of his first six albums, but none since "13 Hillbilly Giants' in 2001. Also evident of his coming home feel is that he may hearken back even further to his time with bluegrass band Special Consensus as Fulks opts for an acoustic, often bluegrass sound, sometimes country or folk on these dozen songs. ...