The Grey Eagle and Worthwhile Sounds Present
POSTPONED: Robbie Fulks (at Ambrose West)
Tue, May 22, 2018
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pmThe Grey Eagle
$15.00 - $22.00
This event is all ages
Unfortunately our show with Robbie Fulks at Ambrose West tonight has been postponed due to Robbie being ill and without voice. We are working to establish a new date now so please stay tuned for the make up date and further details. We apologize for any inconvenience.http://www.thegreyeagle.com/event/1684127/
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. After 1980s stints playing with Greg Cahill’s Special Consensus Bluegrass Band and teaching at Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music, Robbie worked as a staff songwriter on Music Row in Nashville (1993-1998). His early solo work includes the influential early "alternative-country" records Country Love Songs (1996) and South Mouth (1997). 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 sparely orchestrated reflections on love, the slings of time, and the troubles of common people.
Radio: multiple appearances on WSM’s “Grand Ole Opry,” PRI’s “Whadd’ya Know” and “Prairie Home Companion," NPR’s “Fresh Air,” “Mountain Stage,” and “World Cafe.” TV: PBS’s Austin City Limits; NBC’s Today, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Later with Carson Daly, and 30 Rock. Artists who have covered his songs include Sam Bush, Kelly Hogan, Hiss Golden Messenger, Andrew Bird, Mollie O’Brien, Rosie Flores, John Cowan, and Old 97s. Festivals he’s played include Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Calgary Folk Festival, Bumbershoot, Birmingham City Stages, IBMA, Walnut Valley Festival (Winfield KS), Wakarusa (Lawrence KS), Americanafest (Nashville), Hideout Block Party, Milwaukee’s Summerfest, Taste of Chicago, Rhode Island Rhythm and Roots, Whispering Beard, and Pickathon.
Mr. Fulks is more than a songwriter. He's a gifted guitarist, a soulful singer with an expressive honky-tonk tenor, and he's a natural performer. But what really sets him apart is his songwriting. - New York Times
His picking and playing find a natural setting in which to inhabit the minds and stories of characters far more likely to be found in the Appalachian foothills than the concrete jungle of his home city, Chicago. - SPIN
One of the most observant and wry songwriters of the past two decades. - Rolling Stone
Mark's balance as an artist, musician, songwriter and entertainer can be seen in both his songwriting and in his performances. As a songwriter he shows a sensibility in touch with both the past and present. Lyrically and musically he draws from classic themes and tones that resonate as much today as ever before. Live, his dynamic delivery as a vocalist and guitarist are a combination of both power and subtlety. His engaging style connects him to his audience, whether it's on a large festival stage, or in an intimate club, listening room or coffee house.
In addition to his own performing and songwriting, he is the annual host of the MerleFest Band Competition and co-host of MerleFest's Chris Austin Songwriting Contest. He has also recently been appointed to the board of the Lloyd Johnson Foundation, with the goal of providing educational and career opportunities for Western North Carolina musicians and songwriters.
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