Personalities | Robbie Fulks | Alt. Country & The Bluegrass Revival
(Vocals, guitar, b. 1963)
Fulks was so good at writing traditional country songs that he had a right to kiss off an uninterested Nashville with a profanity-laced song. But it was that uninhibited irreverence that put the alternative into Fulks’ classic honky-tonk tenor and twangy tunes. He spent several years in the Special Consensus bluegrass band before settling in Chicago, where he recorded for the alt.-country label Bloodshot. The results were so impressive that Geffen tried to turn him into a mainstream Nashville star in 1998. That led to the angry farewell and a more modest career as one of alt.-country’s most impressive talents, as displayed on such albums as 1997’s South Mouth and 2005’s Georgia Hard.
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