Robbie Fulks

 
About: 

Robbie Fulks is a singer, recording artist, instrumentalist, composer, and songwriter. His most recent release, 2017’s Upland Stories, earned year’s-best recognition from NPR and Rolling Stone among many others, as well as two Grammy® nominations, for folk album and American roots song (“Alabama At Night”).

Fulks was born in York, Pennsylvania, and grew up in a half-dozen small towns in southeast Pennsylvania, the North Carolina Piedmont, and the Blue Ridge area of Virginia. After 1980s stints playing with Greg Cahill’s Special Consensus Bluegrass Band and teaching at Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music, Robbie worked as a staff songwriter on Music Row in Nashville (1993-1998). His early solo work includes the influential early "alternative-country" records Country Love Songs (1996) and South Mouth (1997). His music from the last several years hews mainly to acoustic instrumentation; it returns him in part to his earlier bluegrass days, and extends the boundaries of that tradition with  sparely orchestrated reflections on love, the slings of time, and the troubles of common people.

Radio: multiple appearances on WSM’s “Grand Ole Opry,” PRI’s “Whadd’ya Know” and “Prairie Home Companion," NPR’s “Fresh Air,” “Mountain Stage,” and “World Cafe.”  TV: PBS’s Austin City Limits; NBC’s TodayLate Night with Conan O’BrienLater with Carson Daly, and 30 Rock. Artists who have covered his songs include Sam Bush, Kelly Hogan, Hiss Golden Messenger, Andrew Bird, Mollie O’Brien, Rosie Flores, John Cowan, and Old 97s. Festivals he’s played include Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Calgary Folk Festival, Bumbershoot, Birmingham City Stages, IBMA, Walnut Valley Festival (Winfield KS), Wakarusa (Lawrence KS), Americanafest (Nashville), Hideout Block Party, Milwaukee’s Summerfest, Taste of Chicago, Rhode Island Rhythm and Roots, Whispering Beard, and Pickathon.

What People Are Saying: 
  • Mr. Fulks is more than a songwriter. He's a gifted guitarist, a soulful singer with an expressive honky-tonk tenor, and he's a natural performer.  But what really sets him apart is his songwriting.

    -New York Times

  • His picking and playing find a natural setting in which to inhabit the minds and stories of characters far more likely to be found in the Appalachian foothills than the concrete jungle of his home city, Chicago.

    -SPIN

  • One of the most observant and wry songwriters of the past two decades.

    -Rolling Stone

Videos: 
Introducing Robbie Fulks
Katy Kay (Live at WAMU's Bluegrass Country)

Upcoming Events

May 24, 2018
Durham, NC
Motorco Music Hall
May 25, 2018
Bennettsville, SC
Four Oaks Concert Series
June 01, 2018
Yorkville, IL
The Law Office Pub & Music Hall
June 02, 2018
Mattoon, IL
Lone Elm Room at Mattoon Train Station
June 05, 2018
Rockford, IL
Anderson Japanese Gardens
June 08, 2018
Sutter Creek, CA
Sutter Creek Theatre
June 09, 2018
Novato, CA
Novato Festival of Art, Wine and Music
June 15, 2018
Great Falls, MT
Alumni Club
June 16, 2018
Bozeman, MT
Live From The Divide
June 26, 2018
Columbus, OH
The Refectory
June 27, 2018
Owensboro, KY
Romp Fest
June 28, 2018
Knoxville, TN
Barley's Knoxville
July 03, 2018
Berwyn, IL
Fitzgerald's
July 23, 2018
Lyons, CO
RockyGrass
July 28, 2018
Denver, CO
Swallow Hill Music - Daniels Hall
August 11, 2018
Amsterdam, NY
Riverlink Park
August 16, 2018
Brownfield, ME
Stone Mountain Arts Center
August 24, 2018
Three Oaks, MI
Acorn Theater
August 25, 2018
Highwood, IL
210 Live
September 04, 2018
Seattle, WA
The Triple Door
September 07, 2018
Sisters, OR
Sisters Folk Fest
September 28, 2018
Lexington, KY
Willie's Locally Known
October 05, 2018
Milwaukee, WI
Live @ the Back Room @ Colectivo on Prospect
October 06, 2018
Monroe, WI
Monroe Arts Center
October 12, 2018
Kingston Springs, TN
Hoedown on the Harpeth
October 20, 2018
Urbana, IL
C-U Folk and Roots Festival
November 08, 2018
Northampton, MA
The Parlor Room
November 16, 2018
Rockford, IL
Severson Dells Nature Center