"The Very Best of Robbie Fulks"
All aboard the Bloodshot
Express, folks. Fresh from a brief stop in the no-man's land of major label
incompetence and short-sightedness, this train is ported once again at
your favorite station, and it's
"The Very Best of Robbie Fulks" is a runaway locomotive down the clacking tracks of the raucous, rangy career of one of America's finest songwriters. Don't let the title fool you (we all know what a smart-ass Robbie can be, after all), this is all new or unreleased material.
Featuring appearances from most of Robbie's favorite cohorts producers Steve Albini and Lou Whitney, bar band heroes The Skeletons, bluegrassmaestros Special Consensus, and many more), a very special duet with an unusually raunchy Kelly Willis, a gem of a "hidden" track, and liner notes that could only be penned by a man with some big-league cojones, this package is a true Fulk-narian delight, boasting cover art by Chicago's own country music cartoonist, Heather McAdams.
Robbie Fulks issued two full-length
CDs on Bloodshot, 1996's "Country Love Songs" and 1 997's "South Mouth"
before his Geffen-rel eased TMLet's Kill Saturday Night", and contributed
tracks to our first two compilations, 1 995's "For A Life of Sin: Insurgent
Country Vol.1 and "Hell-Bent: Insurgent Country Vol.2", as well as 1996's
"Straight Outta Boone County". He sang lead on the widely lauded "Across
the Alley from the Alamo" on the Pine Valley Cosmonauts! tribute to Bob
Wills (1998). This year Robbie can be found on "Poor Little Knitter On
The Road", our tribute to the insurgent country progenitors
No folks, this train ride
isn't for the faint of heart, the tourists, the philistines who prefer
their musical ventures nice and smooth and easily consumed and just as
easily forgotten. This is a rocky line traversed by the fellow traveler
who likes the trip a little more rustic, rough and real. This is as good
as country music gets. Sit back and enjoy the ride.
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CMjNew Music Report
Robbie Fulks has teamed up with super-producer Steve Albini. The unlikely
pair has sewn together 14 of Fulks's finest and rarest tunes to comprise
The Very Best Of Robbie Fulks, which spans the performer's 10-year recording
career. Albini, incidentally, had engineered one of Fulks's