Robbie Fulks Reflects On The 70s Festival Scene With “Longhair Bluegrass”

Robbie Fulks has delivered an autobiographical take on the bluegrass festival scene of the mid 1970s with “Longhair Bluegrass,” the second track from his upcoming album Bluegrass Vacation, out on April 7th, 2023 via Compass Records.

Reminiscing about the newgrass festivals of his youth, Fulks writes:

While Mom and Daddy were getting’ fried, I was sittin’ there with my eyeballs wide.

Original Newgrass Revival members Sam Bush (mandolin/harmony vocals) and John Cowan (vocals) join Fulks on the track, as well as banjoist Alison Brown

While Bluegrass music has always been a part of Fulks’ musical vision, Bluegrass Vacation marks his first full-length Bluegrass endeavor. It also features Sam BushSierra HullRonnie McCouryTim O’BrienAlison BrownJohn Cowan, and Jerry Douglas.

Fulks feels that Bluegrass is a genre that “built the stepping stones” that he walks on today. 

He reflects:

Electric guitars might give way to computers, as seems to be happening now, but the mountains will still be right there.

Tickets on sale now for his spring tour in the following cities:

Friday, April 14: Decatur, GA – Eddie’s Attic

Saturday, April 15: Charlotte, NC – The Evening Muse 

Sunday, April 16: Charlestown, WV – Mountain Stage

Tuesday, April 18: Vienna, VA – Jammin Java 

Wednesday, April 19: Wayne, PA – 118 North

Thursday, April 20: Metuchen, NJ – Old Franklin Schoolhouse 

Friday, April 21:Cambridge, MA – Club Passim

Saturday, April 22: Northampton, MA – Parlor Room

Sunday, April 23: New York, NY – Mercury Lounge

Friday, April 28: Walla Walla, WA – Echolands Winery 

Saturday, April 29: Portland, OR – Polaris Hall 

Sunday, April 30: Seattle, WA – Tractor Tavern 

Thursday, May 4: Columbus, OH – Natalie’s 

Friday, May 5: Indianapolis, IN – Duke’s 

Saturday, May 6: Nashville, TN – The Station Inn

Tuesday, May 9: Evanston, IL – Tues Night Sociopath Club

Wednesday, May 10: Minneapolis, MN – The Cedar Cultural Center 

Thursday, May 11: Madison, WI – Kiki’s

Friday, May 12: Milwaukee, WI – Colectivo

Saturday, May 13: Evanston, IL – SPACE

Thursday, May 18: Berkeley, CA – Freight and Salvage 

Friday, May 19: Sacramento, CA – Goldfield Trading Post

Saturday, May 20: Los Angeles, CA – Hotel Cafe

Wednesday, June 14: Fort Worth, TX – The Post at River East

Thursday, June 15: San Antonio, TX – Sam’s Burger Joint

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