ARTIST: Robbie Fulks
TITLE: Country Love Songs
YEAR RELEASED: 1996
CHART ACTION: Nope
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Maybe if you were an alt-renegade-country fiend…
LINEUP: Robbie Fulks plus session pros, including the great pedal steel man Tom Brumley
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Smart-ass real country singer’s debut makes its mark on the alt-and-renegade country scene.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: I don’t think Robbie Fulks likes ‘country’ music – but I know he likes country music.
You can tell by the songs he wrote on his debut. He’s got weepers, songs about Dad (not Mom), tributes to regional breakfast food, scorchers, screamers and tributes. It’s a for real country album; the kind that Buck or Porter would release.
It’s also out of place with Nashville – both in 1996 and today. But I don’t think Fulks minds. He’s iconoclastic with a capital I.
This is a fine smart-ass country record. Sure, not every song is as good as the “Scrapple Song”, but a clever song like “The Buck Starts Here” was deserving of play on country radio. It’s a shame it went over their heads.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Tom Brumley, as you may know, was Buck Owens’ pedal steel player for all of his 60’s hits.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: B+: In another time or place, he’d be loved in Nashville as the smart-ass song slinger he is. Alas…