No, not the soundtrack to one of those awesome 50's sci-fi flicks about the perils of nuclear war.
This record is a fantastic collection of country covers. But don't think that Robbie will expose you to the vast and rich heritage of country music through no-brainers like Hank, Buck, Haggard or Jones. No, we'll leave that rather shallow reading of country's history to a thousand numb-nut other bands who toss in an oldie in between their Garth covers.
Rather, Robbie presents the true unsung heroes of country music--the ones who lurk in the dark alleys and dusty attics and long forgotten hit parades. Tracks written by Jimmy Arnold, Frankie Miller, Wynn Stewart, Jean Shepard, and Hylo Brown represent the dark, the tragic and, of course, the humor that's so painfully missing from today's country music, but nonetheless make up an important part of its history. Of course in the end the album is all Robbie, and he's at his best here.
Here’s what Robbie has to say about these performers: “Those represented here created a body of recorded performances distinguished by consistent craftsmanship and shocking intensity. Their songs don’t flinch before despair, self-loathing, God, sex and its discontents, insane happiness, or plain insanity.”
”Lyric brilliance and country wisdom abound. Whereas today all but the most banal, cloying, and saccharine emotional content has been ruled unfit for public consumption, Fulks has dusted off forgotten gems that cut directly and succinctly to the raw emotional quick.” William Michael Smith, Rockzilla
”Like a young George Jones, Fulks out sings any current country radio star.” Mindy Giles, Pulse
”Superbly chosen, performed with muscle, and a worthy corrective to country’s dangerous respectability.” Eric Weisbard, SPIN