Art of the Craft with Robbie Fulks: Recap

Mark Guarino

Two time GRAMMY® nominee Robbie Fulks discussed his long career in music at Chicago’s Soho House in late August at a Recording Academy event that paired him with Bloodshot Records co-founder Rob Miller.

Fulks made his Bloodshot debut in 1996. Country Love Songs not only helped define the alt-country genre that was trending at the time, but it established him as a new kind of singer-songwriter who not only had quicksilver wit but who could put on a live show that had all the edge and energy of old school punk rockers. Fulks talked about his long-time collaboration with producer Steve Albini, while Miller joked that what is now classified as Americana once had a litany of genre designations, including the cringe-inducing “Y’all Country.”

Fulks played several songs from his GRAMMY nominated album “Upland Stories” and talked about how they reflect their many influences, such as distant family members, a high school reunion, and ideas culled from writer James Agee’s “Let Us Now Praise Famous Men,” which documents the struggles of tenant farmers during the Great Depression. He also told the Soho House audience how being nominated for two GRAMMYs meant he is now playing bigger rooms. As for attending the event itself? It gave him a chance to see Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and other pop singers live, an experience that gave him new respect for the pop divas. 

Written by: Mark Guarino

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