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Robbie Fulks with special guest, John Cadley
The Nelson Odeon
Nelson, NY
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Robbie Fulks with special guest, John Cadley
In 1993, a songwriter banging around the Chicago club scene with a twangy voice and dangerous sense of humor caught everyones attention. In 2013, after two decades of playing music everywhere from the taverns of southern Illinois to the honky-tonks of northern Norway, from Austin City Limitss soundstage to the historic Grand Ole Opry, he released the highly acclaimed Gone Away Backward.

Upland Stories continues and  with sprinklings of pedal steel, drums, electric guitar, and keyboards  expands the sound of that acoustic set. Fulkss richly emotional storytelling is illuminated by his instrumental prowess and emotional voice. At 53, he is philosophically reflective, writing with clear eyes and a full heart (Ken Tucker, NPR). Dont get us wrong, his wit is still as quick as his picking; but its reflected through the lens of fatherhood, marriage, middle age, and the literary voices he is drawn to and draws from: Flannery OConnor, Anton Chekhov, Mary Lavin, Frank OConnor, Javier Marias, James Agee. Three new songsAlabama at Night, America Is A Hard Religion, and A Miracle  are meditations inspired by Agees 1936 trip to Alabama, the sojourn that fueled his furious polemic on American poverty, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men.

Coming of age in the 1960s and 1970s in Virginia and North Carolina, at the edge of the broad upland region referenced in the records title, also provided depth and detail for Fulkss songs about the mysteries of memory, the vanishing of cherished things, and the struggles of everyday life. Robbie tries to make songs that offer more than verse-chorus-hook: songs that have space, calmness, unresolved tensions, and the hallmarks of lived experience.
Twenty years ago, Robbies exuberance for old-school country made a lot of noise. Today, his storytelling through folk and bluegrass music on Upland Stories delivers the quieter, sometimes unsettling truths of humanity. We are honored to have him return to our stage.

Starting the evening will be one of Central New York's most prolific singer-songwriters, John Cadley.

John began playing guitar at the age of 13 after hearing a recording of the Kingston Trioand hes been performing ever since. Beginning in folk music, he moved on to bluegrass and then country music, playing with such seminal Northeast bands as the Down City Ramblers, Cross Creek, Texas Hots, and The Lost Boys. In the past few years John has spent most of his musical time with the Cadleys, featuring his wife, Cathy, John Dancks, and Perry Ceveland. In 2011, John and Cathy released the album "Beneath the Willows" which was followed by John's release of "The Hard Years" in 2015.

John has been a touring road musician out of Nashville, and his songs have been recorded by national bluegrass artists such as Tony Trischka, Jim Hurst, Missy Raines, Amy Gallatin, Richard Kiser, the International Guitar Duo, and Lou Reid, who, with Vince Gill and Ricky Skaggs singing harmony, took Johns song, Time, to the #1 spot on the national bluegrass charts for three consecutive months.


The Nelson Odeon (View)
4035 Nelson Rd.
Nelson, NY 13035
United States


Arts > Performance

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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