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Robbie Fulks with Jenny Scheinman
The Old Steeple
Ferndale, CA
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Robbie Fulks with Jenny Scheinman
Robbie Fulks is a singer, recording artist, instrumentalist, composer, and songwriter. His most recent release, 2017s Upland Stories, earned years-best recognition from NPR and Rolling Stone among many others, as well as two Grammy® nominations, for folk album and American roots song (Alabama At Night).

Fulks  was born in York, Pennsylvania, and grew up in a half-dozen small towns  in southeast Pennsylvania, the North Carolina Piedmont, and the Blue  Ridge area of Virginia. He learned guitar from his dad, banjo from Earl  Scruggs and John Hartford records, and fiddle (long since laid down in  disgrace) on his own. He attended Columbia College in New York City in  1980 and dropped out in 1982 to focus on the Greenwich Village  songwriter scene and other ill-advised pursuits.

In 1983  he moved to Chicago and joined Greg Cahills Special Consensus Bluegrass  Band. He taught music at Old Town School of Folk Music from 1984 to  1996, and worked as a staff songwriter on Music Row in Nashville from  1993 to 1998. His early solo work -- Country Love Songs (1996) and South Mouth (1997)  -- helped define the "alternative country" movement of the 1990s. His  music from the last several years hews mainly to acoustic  instrumentation; it returns him in part to his earlier bluegrass days,  and extends the boundaries of that tradition with old-time rambles and  sparely orchestrated reflections on love, the slings of time, and the  troubles of common people.

Radio: multiple appearances on  WSMs Grand Ole Opry; PRIs Whaddya Know; NPRs Fresh Air,  Mountain Stage, and World Cafe; and the syndicated Acoustic Cafe  and Laura Ingraham Show. TV: PBSs Austin City Limits; NBCs Today, Late Night with Conan OBrien, Later with Carson Daly, and 30 Rock.  From 2004 to 2008 he hosted an hourlong performance/interview program  for XM satellite radio, Robbies Secret Country. Artists who have  covered his songs include Sam Bush, Kelly Hogan, Andrew Bird, Mollie  OBrien, Rosie Flores, John Cowan, and Old 97s.

Robbies writing on music and life have appeared in GQ, Blender, the Chicago Reader, DaCapo Presss Best Music Writing anthologies for 2001 and 2004,  Amplified: Fiction from Leading Alt-Country, Indie Rock, Blues and Folk Musicians, and A Guitar and A Pen: Stories by Country Musics Greatest Songwriters.  As an instrumentalist, he has accompanied the Irish fiddle master Liz  Carroll, the distinguished jazz violinist Jenny Scheinman, and the New  Orleans pianist Dr. John. As a producer his credits include Touch My Heart: A Tribute to Johnny Paycheck (Sugar Hill, 2004) and Big Thinkin by  Dallas Wayne (Hightone, 2000). Theatrical credits include Woody  Guthries American Song and Harry Chapins Cottonpatch Gospel.  He  served twice as judge for the Winfield National Flatpicking Guitar  competition. He tours yearlong with various configurations.

Besides  country and bluegrass music, Robbie is fiercely fond of Charles Mingus,  P.G. Wodehouse, quantum mechanics, his wife Donna, comedy in almost all  forms, cooking, swimming laps, the past, Arthur Schopenhauer, Universal  horror movies, his grandson and even his sons, coastal towns in the  off-season, and rye whiskey, though in nothing like that order.


The Old Steeple (View)
246 Berding Street
Ferndale, CA 95536
United States


Music > All Ages
Music > Americana
Music > Country
Music > Folk

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


Owner: Ferndale Music Company
On BPT Since: Sep 15, 2015
Paul Beatie

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