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See Robbie Fulks’ Contemplative Take on ‘Alabama at Night’

Singer-songwriter taps into imagery-rich wordplay in a tale inspired by Southern poverty during the Great Depression

With his new album Upland Stories, Robbie Fulks furthers his reputation as one of the most observant and wry songwriters of the past two decades. Released in April, the record showcases Fulks’ literary mind, one shaped just as much by authors as by songsmiths. For inspiration for Upland Stories, he often looked to American journalist and writer James Agee and his time spent in Alabama during the Great Depression. The result was three songs, the most imagery-rich being “Alabama at Night,” which Rolling Stone Country premiered in January.

Now, Fulks has released a live performance of the track, filmed during a showcase at the Hideout in Chicago, ground zero for his record-label home Bloodshot Records. With just an acoustic guitar, Fulks weaves the tale of a traveller with no place to lay his head. It’s a moving interpretation, poignant in its depiction of hardscrabble Alabama during the Thirties.

Fulks is currently on tour, bringing Upland Stories to intimate listening rooms throughout the summer:
May 22 – Washington, D.C. @ National Gallery of Art
May 23 – Chicago @ The Hideout
May 30 – Chicago @ The Hideout
June 3 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s
June 4 – Forth Worth, TX @ The Live Oak Music Hall
June 5 – Austin, TX @ Strange Brew
June 7 – Portland, OR @ White Eagle
June 8 – Seattle @ Triple Door
June 9 – Berkeley, CA @ Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse
June 11 – Los Angeles @ Mint Supper Club
June 14 – Decatur, GA @ Eddie’s Attic
June 15 – Asheville, NC @ The Grey Eagle Tavern
June 16 – Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall
June 17 – Richmond, VA @ The Music Hall at the Capital Ale
June 20 – Chicago @ The Hideout
June 23 – Davenport, Iowa @ The Redstone Room
June 25 – Madison, WI @ Kiki’s House of Righteous Music
June 26 – Minneapolis @ Dakota Jazz Club
June 27 – Chicago @ The Hideout
July 9 – Frankfurt, IL @ Bluegrass on the Green
July 23 & 24 – Calgary, Alberta, Canada @ Calgary Folk Music Festival
August 5 – Los Alamos, NM @ Los Alamos Summer Concert Series
August 6 – Denver @ Tuft Theatre
August 28 – Knoxville, TN @ Barley’s Taproom
September 5 – Minneapolis @ Laughing Waters Bluegrass Festival

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