Intimate alt-country 

Robbie Fulks, Danny Barnes
Spencer’s Stadium Tavern
Wednesday, Feb. 7, 8 p.m., $20

Spencer Valentine first heard Robbie Fulks play on the NPR radio program Fresh Air. “He was really interesting to listen to even before you heard him sing,” Spencer says. “I was hooked when I heard his duet with Lucinda Williams, ‘Pretty Little Poison.’ It sort of compares love with a heroin addiction.” That was 10 years ago, and Valentine’s been a fan ever since.

Young Fulks picked up his Aunt Stella’s banjo when he was 7 years old and moved on to Aunt Mildred’s fiddle a few years later. By the time he was 11, he’d settled on the guitar. As a 20-year-old, he was living in Chicago, supporting himself however he could. Playing bluegrass music allowed him to pay the rent and refine his guitar skills. He formed his own band, Trailer Trash Revue, which soon caught the ear of Bloodshot Records. Bloodshot released Fulks’ debut album, County Love Songs, in 1996, followed by South Mouth a year later. One of his songs, “Fuck This Town,” was a not-so-subtle nod to his time under contract with a Nashville music publishing house. Fulks’ latest release, Georgia Hard, harkens back to days when country music was first recorded: political, rude, funny and soulful. Tonight at Spencer’s Stadium Tavern, you can expect to hear down-to-earth stories, Fulks’ honky-tonk voice and great banjo playing by guest performer Danny Barnes, formerly of the Bad Liver

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