By KATE LADDISH Entertainment correspondent Chicago-based singer, guitar player and songwriter Robbie Fulks can write and play straight-up country with the best of them, and reaches a level of his own with stripped-down country with lyrical twists and Appalachian-influenced folk. Fulks’ three most recent releases highlight the challenge of putting him in one tidy box. In 2015, he and British punk band The Mekons released “Jura,” followed the next year by Fulks’ solo “Upland Stories,” which earned him Grammy nominations for Best Folk Album and Best American Roots Song (“Alabama at Night”). In 2018, he teamed up with Jerry Lee Lewis’ sister and bandmate, the singer and pianist Linda Gail Lewis, to release the rollicking “Wild! Wild! Wild!” The irrepressible Fulks will perform at The Palms Playhouse on Friday, Oct. 4 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $23 general/$12 students. Fulks grew up in southeast Pennsylvania, the North Carolina Piedmont and the Blue Ridge area of Virginia. He’s been active in the Greenwich Village songwriter scene, worked as a staff songwriter on Music Row in Nashville, taught at Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music and been a member of Greg Cahill’s Special Consensus Bluegrass Band. Echoes of all these influences are evident in his ability to wed clever lyrics, catchy melodies and evocative arrangements in a number of styles. His early albums, “Country Love Songs“ (1996) and “South Mouth“ (1997), put him on the map as a solo artist and helped define the1990’s burgeoning alternative-country movement. Chock-full of wordplay and country tropes turned on their heads, Fulks’ early records combine homage to the traditional country and honky-tonk sounds of the 1950s with a restless and irreverent edge. While irreverence and humor are through lines to Fulks’ career, he’s much more than just a country wiseacre. His most recent solo releases––”Gone Away Backward” (2013) and “Upland Stories” (2016)––have a stark beauty and notable lack of irony. Fulks is a talented and entertaining performer. His prodigious wit finds vent in the banter as well as the lyrics, and his lightning-fast guitar solos bring a high-level instrumental element to the concerts. Tickets are available online via The Palms’ website and through Eventbrite, as well as at Pacific Ace Hardware in Winters, Armadillo Music in Davis, Davids’ Broken Note in Woodland and at the door if the show is not sold out. For more information, visit palmsplayhouse.com and robbiefulks.com. ]]>
Robbie Fulks brings irrepressible alt country, folk to The Palms on Friday, Oct. 4
The irrepressible Fulks will perform at The Palms Playhouse on Friday, Oct. 4 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $23 general/$12 students.