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"Fulks is a gifted guitarist, a soulful singer with an expressive honky-tonk tenor, and a natural performer. But what really sets him apart is his songwriting, which is one part artful country, one part artful sendup of country, and one part a little of everything else... It's sort of country meets David Lynch." --New York Times

"Gone Away Backward inhabits a forgotten segment of the country, telling stories of children outgrowing (and out-earning) their parents, and weary travelers fighting crises of faith and big-city grifters. It's all woven together with warm instrumentation." --SPIN

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"Fulks is a gifted guitarist, a soulful singer with an expressive honky-tonk tenor, and a natural performer. But what really sets him apart is his songwriting, which is one part artful country, one part artful sendup of country, and one part a little of everything else... It's sort of country meets David Lynch." --New York Times

"Gone Away Backward inhabits a forgotten segment of the country, telling stories of children outgrowing (and out-earning) their parents, and weary travelers fighting crises of faith and big-city grifters. It's all woven together with warm instrumentation." --SPIN

"Recorded in three days and stripped down to folky instrumentals, Gone Away Backward may be Fulks's more cohesive, best-realized album yet. More than anything, it's good to have another album from one of country music's best-kept secrets. Next time, hopefully the wait won't be so long." --AV CLUB

"The level of artistry is so complete that is suggests a world in which Fulks isn't a household name is somehow upside down." --Jim Fusilli, Wall Street Journal

"Gone Away Backward is a work of great, accomplished craft about the pointlessness of crafting anything you care about, because the world is just going to ruin it on you. That is, if you don't ruin it yourself by drinking it away." --Ken Tucker, NPR Fresh Air

"There may be flashier songwriters than Robbie Fulks, but there are none better than him. His new album, Gone Away Backward, is a sneaky triumph. Hobos and miscreants rub shoulders with nostalgic old-timers and lonely lovers. The musicianship on the album kicks ass, but the real star is the brilliant pile of songs Robbie has amassed for his return to the great Bloodshot Records." --Rhett Miller, Old 97's

If Robbie didn't make music, he'd probably be a postal service administrator... Draw your own conclusions. Robbie plays by nobody's rules--except the ones he hears in his head; his scorn for the music industry makes ours look positively prosaic. But don't let that make you lose sight of THE SONGS.

Widely regarded by those who monitor such things as one of the most gifted songwriters to ever ply the trade, he can sing "Eggs" and "Sing a Sad Song" back to back and mean 'em both. While it is true he started off a honky tonk smartass, it quickly became evident that Robbie was a monster talent and some of the songs he's written for his Bloodshot albums have been rightly elevated to the status of "classic."

It is a damning condemnation of our world's musical taste that he has not been elevated to the ranks of the multi-faceted giants of songwriting like Nick Lowe and Dave Alvin and Harlan Howard. He damn well should be. Lost in the deserved accolades for being a fabulously unique, clever, and heartfelt writer is the fact that he's also one of the best guitarists around. The chameleon-like tall guy can whip it out in honky-tonk, country, bluegrass, power pop, or whatever strikes his ample whimsy at the time.

He has also been more than gracious by playing on songs by Anna Fermin, Sally Timms, and Kelly Hogan.

"Robbie Fulks knows better than most that country music needs a touch of Viet Cong attitude: Sometimes you've got to burn the village in order to save it." --Playboy

"The great Robbie Fulks: a Chicago-area country/alt-country genius. Why are you still listening to me? You should be going to iTunes right now...buy it, buy everything." --Tina Fey

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

"Fulks is a gifted guitarist, a soulful singer with an expressive honky-tonk tenor, and a natural performer. But what really sets him apart is his songwriting, which is one part artful country, one part artful sendup of country, and one part a little of everything else... It's sort of country meets David Lynch." --New York Times

"Gone Away Backward inhabits a forgotten segment of the country, telling stories of children outgrowing (and out-earning) their parents, and weary travelers fighting crises of faith and big-city grifters. It's all woven together with warm instrumentation." --SPIN

"Recorded in three days and stripped down to folky instrumentals, Gone Away Backward may be Fulks's more cohesive, best-realized album yet. More than anything, it's good to have another album from one of country music's best-kept secrets. Next time, hopefully the wait won't be so long." --AV CLUB

"The level of artistry is so complete that is suggests a world in which Fulks isn't a household name is somehow upside down." --Jim Fusilli, Wall Street Journal

"Gone Away Backward is a work of great, accomplished craft about the pointlessness of crafting anything you care about, because the world is just going to ruin it on you. That is, if you don't ruin it yourself by drinking it away." --Ken Tucker, NPR Fresh Air

"There may be flashier songwriters than Robbie Fulks, but there are none better than him. His new album, Gone Away Backward, is a sneaky triumph. Hobos and miscreants rub shoulders with nostalgic old-timers and lonely lovers. The musicianship on the album kicks ass, but the real star is the brilliant pile of songs Robbie has amassed for his return to the great Bloodshot Records." --Rhett Miller, Old 97's

If Robbie didn't make music, he'd probably be a postal service administrator... Draw your own conclusions. Robbie plays by nobody's rules--except the ones he hears in his head; his scorn for the music industry makes ours look positively prosaic. But don't let that make you lose sight of THE SONGS.

Widely regarded by those who monitor such things as one of the most gifted songwriters to ever ply the trade, he can sing "Eggs" and "Sing a Sad Song" back to back and mean 'em both. While it is true he started off a honky tonk smartass, it quickly became evident that Robbie was a monster talent and some of the songs he's written for his Bloodshot albums have been rightly elevated to the status of "classic."

It is a damning condemnation of our world's musical taste that he has not been elevated to the ranks of the multi-faceted giants of songwriting like Nick Lowe and Dave Alvin and Harlan Howard. He damn well should be. Lost in the deserved accolades for being a fabulously unique, clever, and heartfelt writer is the fact that he's also one of the best guitarists around. The chameleon-like tall guy can whip it out in honky-tonk, country, bluegrass, power pop, or whatever strikes his ample whimsy at the time.

He has also been more than gracious by playing on songs by Anna Fermin, Sally Timms, and Kelly Hogan.

"Robbie Fulks knows better than most that country music needs a touch of Viet Cong attitude: Sometimes you've got to burn the village in order to save it." --Playboy

"The great Robbie Fulks: a Chicago-area country/alt-country genius. Why are you still listening to me? You should be going to iTunes right now...buy it, buy everything." --Tina Fey

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

"Fulks is a gifted guitarist, a soulful singer with an expressive honky-tonk tenor, and a natural performer. But what really sets him apart is his songwriting, which is one part artful country, one part artful sendup of country, and one part a little of everything else... It's sort of country meets David Lynch." --New York Times

"Gone Away Backward inhabits a forgotten segment of the country, telling stories of children outgrowing (and out-earning) their parents, and weary travelers fighting crises of faith and big-city grifters. It's all woven together with warm instrumentation." --SPIN

"Recorded in three days and stripped down to folky instrumentals, Gone Away Backward may be Fulks's more cohesive, best-realized album yet. More than anything, it's good to have another album from one of country music's best-kept secrets. Next time, hopefully the wait won't be so long." --AV CLUB

"The level of artistry is so complete that is suggests a world in which Fulks isn't a household name is somehow upside down." --Jim Fusilli, Wall Street Journal

"Gone Away Backward is a work of great, accomplished craft about the pointlessness of crafting anything you care about, because the world is just going to ruin it on you. That is, if you don't ruin it yourself by drinking it away." --Ken Tucker, NPR Fresh Air

"There may be flashier songwriters than Robbie Fulks, but there are none better than him. His new album, Gone Away Backward, is a sneaky triumph. Hobos and miscreants rub shoulders with nostalgic old-timers and lonely lovers. The musicianship on the album kicks ass, but the real star is the brilliant pile of songs Robbie has amassed for his return to the great Bloodshot Records." --Rhett Miller, Old 97's

If Robbie didn't make music, he'd probably be a postal service administrator... Draw your own conclusions. Robbie plays by nobody's rules--except the ones he hears in his head; his scorn for the music industry makes ours look positively prosaic. But don't let that make you lose sight of THE SONGS.

Widely regarded by those who monitor such things as one of the most gifted songwriters to ever ply the trade, he can sing "Eggs" and "Sing a Sad Song" back to back and mean 'em both. While it is true he started off a honky tonk smartass, it quickly became evident that Robbie was a monster talent and some of the songs he's written for his Bloodshot albums have been rightly elevated to the status of "classic."

It is a damning condemnation of our world's musical taste that he has not been elevated to the ranks of the multi-faceted giants of songwriting like Nick Lowe and Dave Alvin and Harlan Howard. He damn well should be. Lost in the deserved accolades for being a fabulously unique, clever, and heartfelt writer is the fact that he's also one of the best guitarists around. The chameleon-like tall guy can whip it out in honky-tonk, country, bluegrass, power pop, or whatever strikes his ample whimsy at the time.

He has also been more than gracious by playing on songs by Anna Fermin, Sally Timms, and Kelly Hogan.

"Robbie Fulks knows better than most that country music needs a touch of Viet Cong attitude: Sometimes you've got to burn the village in order to save it." --Playboy

"The great Robbie Fulks: a Chicago-area country/alt-country genius. Why are you still listening to me? You should be going to iTunes right now...buy it, buy everything." --Tina Fey

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

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