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

December 01, 2018
Chicago, IL
The American Writers Museums
December 05, 2018
Fish Creek, WI
White Gull Inn
December 08, 2018
Madison, WI
Kiki's House of Righteous Music
February 21, 2019
St. Paul, MN
Turf Club
February 22, 2019
Stoughton, WI
Stoughton Opera House
February 24, 2019
Lafayette, IN
Carnahan Hall
March 02, 2019
New Haven, CT
Mactivity
March 03, 2019
Saratoga Springs, NY
Caffe Lena
March 05, 2019
New York, NY
City Vineyard at Pier 26 (City Winery NYC)
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
April 12, 2019
Savannah, GA
Charles H. Morris Center
May 18, 2019
Stockholm, WI
WideSpot Performing Arts
June 01, 2019
Charleston, IL
Downtown Charleston
July 20, 2019
Oronoco, MN
Loy Show Barn
October 18, 2019
Chicago, IL
City Winery Chicago