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Robbie Fulks (from the album Bluegrass Vacation available on Compass Records) (by Bryant Liggett)
Robbie Fulks name isn’t a staple of the Bluegrass industry. His music is, however, a fixture in the Folk music business, and he has kicked around enough the genre circles, which included a time in string band Special Consensus, to have those in the tight-knit Bluegrass scene know his name. That’s enough street-cred to have Bluegrass pickers, and fans, turn an ear towards Bluegrass Vacation, Robbie Fulks’s latest release that is festival circuit ripe and ready.
It's a solid Bluegrass release with every expectation and requirement of the gatekeepers intact, from harmonies to hot and heavy instrumentation on full display. Bluegrass Vacation begins on a solid hard drive in the album opener, “One Glass of Whiskey”. There are ballads in “Molly and the Old Man” and “Nashville Blues”, along with some bouncy, parlor-Blues fun in “Backwater Blues”.
Robbie Fulks has always thrown around some humor in his cuts, and that includes his nod to the hippies digging on the music of Bill Monroe, arguably thanks to Old and In The Way, in “Longhair Bluegrass”, while the “Silverlake Reel” is an instrumental ripper, and that roar continues on “Let the Old Dog In”.
Gritty, fast, fearless, and fun, Bluegrass Vacation is loaded with sick chops while nodding to the Bluegrass old-school traditions built by Bill Monroe, Lester Flatts, and Earl Scruggs alongside Carter and Ralph Stanley. And, like most contemporary Bluegrass records, its stacked with players like Sam Bush, Ronnie McCoury, Jerry Douglas, and Alison Brown, players who never say no when asked to pick. (by Bryant Liggett)
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