Robbie Fulks

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s

Biography

25 March 1963, York, Pennsylvania, USA. Fulks is one of the best of the many artists to emerge from Chicago’s mid-90s alt country community, which centred on the city’s home-grown Bloodshot Records label. Like fellow Bloodshot artists the Old 97’s and the Waco Brothers, Fulks works primarily in the country milieu but is also comfortable with rock, pop, and jazz idioms.

Fulks attended Columbia University briefly in the early 80s. While there he performed regularly in New York folk venues Gerde’s Folk City and the Speakeasy. He soon relocated to Chicago and quickly built a local following. By 1987 his reputation for flat-picking was such that area bluegrass mainstays Special Consensus invited him to join them. Fulks stayed with the band for four years, appearing on their 1989 Grammy-nominated album Hole In My Heart and touring regularly. He then left the band to join the cast of the award-winning play Woody Guthrie's...

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