Robbie Fulks


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.


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

    -Rolling Stone

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

Upcoming Events

February 26, 2018
Pittsburgh, PA
Club Cafe
February 27, 2018
Vienna, VA
Jammin Java
February 28, 2018
New York, NY
Voices on the Hudson by City Winery
March 01, 2018
Albany, NY
The Linda - WAMC Performing Arts Studio
March 04, 2018
Manchester, NH
Liam Spain House Concerts
March 15, 2018
Piedmont, CA
KC Turner House Concert Series
March 16, 2018
Novato, CA
HopMonk Tavern Novato
March 17, 2018
Paso Robles, CA
Vines on The Marycrest Winery
March 18, 2018
Santa Monica, CA
McCabe's Guitar Shop
March 22, 2018
Nashville, TN
The Bluebird Cafe
March 25, 2018
Decatur, GA
Eddie's Attic
April 19, 2018
Wisconsin Dells, WI
Showboat Saloon
April 20, 2018
Minneapolis, MN
Cedar Cultural Center
April 21, 2018
Madison, WI
Kiki's House of Righteous Music
May 04, 2018
Chicago, IL
Beverly Arts Center
May 10, 2018
Kansas City, MO
Knuckleheads Saloon
May 11, 2018
St. Louis, MO
Off Broadway
May 13, 2018
Lebanon, IN
People's Revel Room
May 20, 2018
Knoxville, TN
Barley's Knoxville
June 03, 2018
Madison, WI
The Pursuit of Happiness
June 08, 2018
Sutter Creek, CA
Sutter Creek Theatre
June 27, 2018
Owensboro, KY
Romp Fest
July 23, 2018
Lyons, CO
August 11, 2018
Amsterdam, NY
Riverlink Park
September 07, 2018
Sisters, OR
Sisters Folk Fest
October 06, 2018
Monroe, WI
Monroe Arts Center
November 16, 2018
Rockford, IL
Severson Dells Nature Center