Thursday, June 25, 2009

A Fistful of Fulks

Back in the fall of 1996, I got Robbie Fulks’ very first cd (Country Love Songs) at the radio station. I think there had been a bunch of mediocre releases that summer because I remember looking at the case and insert and figgerin’ this was probably some derivative alt-country cd. But being the dutiful dj, I brought it home and listened. I was immediately impressed by the first song – a cover of Tim Carroll’s “Every Kind of Music But Country” – and about halfway through the next song “Rock Bottom, Pop 1”, I knew I had seriously underestimated the man. 13 years later, I’m still a big fan of Robbie and still puzzled that none of his songs have ever been hits for some big country or rock performer. (To any country producers or singers reading this blog and looking for a hit, I’d go with “Lie, Memory, Lie” – it’s on Dallas Wayne’s album “Big Thinking” that Robbie produced). He’s also one of the best live acts around and since I’m going to see Monday at the Mercury Lounge in NYC, I thought I’d put together an odds and sods collection for the occasion.
In Bristol Town One Bright Day
Tupelo County Jail
Cigarette State
Bloodshot's Turning 5
Tears At The Grand Ol' Opry
Fountains of Wayne Hotline
I'm Just A Girl
The Call Of The Wreckin' Ball
Cry, Cry, Cry
I Like Being Left Alone
Browns Ferry Blues
When I See an Elephant Fly
King Of The Blues
That's Heaven To Me
Wedding Of The Bugs
Goodbye Virginia
Let's Kill Saturday Night

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