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 Bush, Sierra Hull, Ronnie McCoury, Tim O’Brien, Alison Brown, John Cowan, and Jerry Douglas.
Fulks feels that Bluegrass is a genre that “built the stepping stones” that he walks on today.
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