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

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 16, 2018
Asheville, NC
Grey Eagle
September 18, 2018
Vienna, VA
Jammin Java
September 19, 2018
Philadelphia, PA
World Cafe Live
September 21, 2018
Boston, MA
City Winery Boston - Haymarket
September 22, 2018
Albany, NY
The Linda - WAMC Performing Arts Studio
September 23, 2018
Buffalo, NY
Sportsmen's Tavern
September 25, 2018
Cleveland, OH
Beachland Ballroom and Tavern
September 26, 2018
Columbus, OH
Natalie's
September 27, 2018
Newport, KY
Southgate House Revival
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 11, 2018
Decatur, GA
Eddie's Attic
October 12, 2018
Kingston Springs, TN
Hoedown on the Harpeth
October 17, 2018
St. Louis, MO
Off Broadway
October 18, 2018
Indianapolis, IN
Duke's Indy
October 20, 2018
Urbana, IL
C-U Folk and Roots Festival
October 21, 2018
Springfield, IL
Bar None
November 08, 2018
Northampton, MA
The Parlor Room
November 10, 2018
Manchester, NH
Liam Spain House Concerts
February 22, 2019
Stoughton, WI
Stoughton Opera House
March 22, 2019
Hillsboro, OR
Walters Cultural Arts Center
March 26, 2019
Sacramento, CA
Sofia Tsakapolous Center for Arts
March 27, 2019
Berkeley, CA
Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse
May 18, 2019
Stockholm, WI
WideSpot Performing Arts