(Hillsboro, Ore.) — Celebrated singer-songwriter Robbie Fulks returns for a performance at the Walters Cultural Arts Center (527 E. Main St., Hillsboro) on Friday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m. “Wild! Wild! Wild!,” Fulks’ 2018 collaboration with Linda Gail Lewis, has garnered effusive reviews, and Fulks’ most recent solo album, “Upland Stories,” was recognized with Grammy nominations for 2017’s “Best American Roots Songs” and “Best Folk Album.” Tickets for this solo concert are $18 advance or $22 the day of the performance.
Born in York, Pennsylvania, Fulks grew up in small towns in southeast Pennsylvania, the North Carolina Piedmont and the Blue Ridge area of Virginia. Though he left the region in 1980 for New York City and, later, Chicago, the region never left him. Writing for “SPIN,” Brittney McKenna says, “his picking and playing [on “Upland Stories”] find a natural setting in which to inhabit the minds and stories of characters far more likely to be found in the Appalachian foothills than the concrete jungle of his home city, Chicago.”
Fulks’ early solo work, including the albums “Country Love Songs” (1996) and “South Mouth” (1997), helped define the “alternative country” movement of the 1990s. His music from the last several years marks a return to acoustic instrumentation, recalling his early days playing with Greg Cahill’s Special Consensus Bluegrass Band. Fulks’ songwriting extends the boundaries of that tradition with old-time rambles and sparely orchestrated reflections on love, the slings of time and the troubles of common people.
Fulks has made numerous radio and television appearances, from performances on Austin City Limits’ soundstage to the historic Grand Ole Opry and the syndicated “Acoustic Café.” He has been hailed by Rolling Stone as “one of the most observant and wry songwriters of the past two decades.” Get ready for an evening of rich, emotional storytelling and stirring songwriting when Fulks’ returns to the Walters stage.
More information about this performance and the 2018-19 Concert Series is available at Hillsboro-Oregon.gov/WaltersConcerts and tickets can be purchased online at BrownPaperTickets.com, by calling 503-615-3485, or in person at 527 E. Main St., Hillsboro. Concert concessions available from Longbottom Coffee and Tea. This concert is presented with thanks to series sponsor, Aloft Hillsboro-Beaverton.
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