Singer/songwriter Robbie Fulks was one of the more heralded talents in the alternative country movement, displaying an offbeat, sometimes dark sense of humor in many of his best moments. While Fulks’ best-known songs were often bitingly funny, he also had a gift for writing incisive and evocative songs in the country and pop traditions. As time passed, he built on the irreverent old-school twang of 1996’s Country Love Songs, moving toward the tougher roots rock sound of 1998’s Let’s Kill Saturday Night and the eclectic, ambitious pop of 2001’s Couples in Trouble. With the spare, acoustic sound and stark storytelling of 2013’s Gone Away Backward and 2016’s Upland Stories, Fulks received some of the strongest reviews of his career, and the latter album earned him his first Grammy Award nomination.
Self styled NJ singer/songwriter and all-around raconteur Don Elliker opens the show at 8:00PM. He makes up songs and tries to get you to listen to them unless you’re too fast or just wise enough to keep moving. He’s better at it than some and not as good as others. .. you know, like most things are. He’d like to point out some achievements in the music business but he’s not as good at writing promotional pieces as some others and all of it just seems like boasting. Don’s favorite quote regarding all of this is; “Music is like baseball, you can talk all you want but eventually you have to get up and swing the bat”.