Robbie Fulks

“punk iconoclasm & country traditionalism”

Robbie Fulks

Maurice Tani

Wednesday, March 27th

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$20 ADV / $24 DOOR (plus fees)

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Robbie Fulks
Robbie Fulks
"One of the most observant and wry songwriters of the past two decades." - Rolling Stone

Robbie 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.

Robbie has the soul of a country singer and the mind of a vaudevillian. Still, for Robbie, it’s about the songs. “There are many good living songwriters,” says the Chicago Reader, “But then you hear a new Robbie Fulks record, and you can’t remember who they are.” He’s written country songs about how compromised most country music is, and while he’s fond of folk and bluegrass, he’s been known to please audiences with covers of hits by Cher, sung in a voice that Paste Magazine praised as being, “a turpentiney tenor, as splintered as unvarnished wood left outside.”

Robbie Fulks's newest album is a collaborative album with Memphis rock-n-roll legend Linda Gail Lewis (the younger sister and frequent performing partner of Jerry Lee Lewis) called Wild! Wild! Wild!.
Maurice Tani
Maurice Tani
“This music is neither retro nor country; it's twang noir. A fully realized universe, on a dark night, with an AM radio station sending out a strong signal from somewhere down Highway 99. Are you listening?” - Scott Bloom, Bay Area Twang

Supercaliforigraphic singer-songslinger Maurice Tani recently released his eighth album - his second on the Little Village label, “THIS IS IT!” recorded live at Berkeley’s venerable Freight & Salvage this past summer.

Known for his wry/rye-to-romantic songwriting, agile guitar style and expressive singing, Tani’s particular flavor of Americana is a broad spectrum tincture of influences to cure what ails you. While rooted (at times distantly) in country music, his writing is centered on an urban-western perspective. Short musical narratives of life on the left coast. A sort of cinema for the blind.