Man oh man, this Robbie Fulks Michael Jackson tribute album is getting more awesome and more crazy with every new detail. Now, we find out that Steve Albini‘s noisy three-piece Shellac plays on it: Shellac is a magnificent punk band in Chicago whose three members I’ve been friends with for years and years. If we … Continue reading Robbie Fulks + Shellac + Michael Jackson
Anyone who has had the pleasure of seeing country artist Robbie Fulks in concert over the last ten years is going to be thrilled to hear that he is in the process of finishing up his long-rumored collection of Michael Jackson interpretations. If you’ve never seen him, you might think this sounds like a stupid, … Continue reading Robbie Fulks Completes Michael Jackson Tribute
In a thoughtful eulogy for Michael Jackson, country crooner Robbie Fulks explains the origins of his fascination with the King of Pop: In 1999, Peter McDowell at the Chicago Cultural Center had me put together a performance in honor of Michael’s birthday. That was the beginning of my long “tribute CD” odyssey, and it got … Continue reading Robbie Fulks: Michael Jackson "better than Elvis"
I immediately felt a little goofy for including the silly Cher cover in that post about Robbie Fulks. Yes, he is known to enjoy the occasional quirky cover—it’s undeniable (he’s known to have a song-by-song Thriller remake in the vaults). But the guy has written so many great songs that it’s just wrong to leave … Continue reading Robbie Fulks Bloodshot Sampler
Good old Robbie Fulks offers up a ten-step guide on how to be miserable as a professional musician. A couple of my favorites: 4. Treat the grubby menial/muscle aspects of the profession — driving and repairing vans, hauling gear, arguing with promoters, delivering grinning Gene-Kelly-like performances under punishing or humiliating conditions — as the province … Continue reading Robbie Fulks Guides Fellow Musicians to Misery