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Country Love Songs

A classic.  Every track a stone cold gem, friends.  We mean it.

Highlights include drop-dead, now classic cool honky tonk gems like "Every Kinda Music But Country," "The Buck Starts Here," and the sing-a-long fave "She Took A Lot Of Pills (And Died)."

Full Description

Robbie's debut CD was the surprise hit of '96, and served notice that a) Country Music did NOT have to suck b) that he was a top-notch songwriter and performer and c) things in the underground country scene were never going to be the same. Truly the bar had been raised. 

Let's let Robbie describe it:
"13 original country songs with an early 50's production aesthetic (hot vocals, robust bass, live instrumental tracks) and arrangement, reviving certain types of songs long abandoned by mainstream country music. Likewise in retro spirit, these songs will frequently violate current country songwriting trends which hold as taboo themes of negativism, forceful expression, and points of view uncongenial to the prevailing ideology of fatuous feelgoodism; they will instead reflect a modern sensibility in their emotional graphicness, vigorous iconoclasm, and sense of humor. In composition and presentation the music will honestly reflect the heart and personality of its author/singer, and in its fundamental sincerity will stand resolutely against the poisonous tides of camp."

SO THERE!! Co-produced by Steve Albini, and features appearances by the Skeletons, and Tom Brumley (of the Buckaroos!), and drop-dead, now classic cool honky tonk gems like "Every Kinda Music But Country," "The Buck Starts Here," and the sing-a-long fave "She Took A Lot Of Pills (And Died)." Foodies will love "The Scrapple Song," duet fetishists will adore "We'll Burn Together" and sinners will love "Let's Live Together."

CHOICE CUTS:

Every damn one of 'em.  Seriously.

Short Description
  • The truth is a lot of what Fulks does with his music transcends any labels that are out there in country music, or any other music for that matter.

    — Not for Hire
  • There's so much great music here, it's hard to rein in the superlatives.Believe the hype, Country Love Songs is an album you'll go back to time and again in the years to come.

    — Music People (UK)
  • Giving old-time music a modern lyrical spin, Fulks takes familiar country topics then gives them an unsentimental spin that vacillates between brutal honesty and hilarious ribaldry.

    — Pulse
  • A dazzling debut -- one of the best country albums of 1990s.

    — Slipcue
  • With wit, chops, and attitude to spare, it's one of the most forward-looking evocations of the early '60s Bakersfield sound you're likely to hear... Indeed, anybody who makes a fiddle-and-steel record with punk ideologue Steve Albini must have at least one eye on the future.

    — Nashville Scene

Track List

  • 1. Every Kind of Music but Country
  • 2. Rock Bottom, Population 1
  • 3. The Buck Starts Here
  • 4. (I Love) Nickels and Dimes
  • 5. Barely Human
  • 6. I'd Be Lonesome
  • 7. She Took A Lot of Pills (and Died)
  • 8. We'll Burn Together
  • 9. Let's Live Together
  • 10. The Scrapple Song
  • 11. Pete Way's Trousers
  • 12. Tears Only Run One Way
  • 13. Papa Was a Steel-Headed Man

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On Tour

Mar
30
2015

@ The Hideout
Chicago, IL

Apr
06
2015

@ The Hideout
Chicago, IL

Apr
10
2015

@ Shank Hall
Milwaukee`, WI

Apr
13
2015

@ The Hideout
Chicago, IL

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