ARTS Pick: Robbie Fulks

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Mountain music culture sets the tone for Chicagoan Robbie Fulks’ skillful mix of bluegrass, traditional country, and Americana. Mountain music culture sets the tone for Chicagoan Robbie Fulks’ skillful mix of bluegrass, traditional country, and Americana.

Robbie Fulks broke through in the sweeping alt-country movement of the ’90s, but the stage was set earlier for Fulks, who learned traditional playing in a musical family that moved around the Appalachian South (and even called Charlottesville home for a short time). His penchant for glibness and dexterity explains the inclusion of Michael Jackson, Cher, and Shania Twain covers during live gigs, but his latest release, Gone Away Backward, is a serious, stripped-to-the-roots Americana record that hearkens back to a simpler time. Luke Wilson opens.

Monday 2/10. $12-15, 8pm. The Southern Café & Music Hall, 103 S. First St. 977-5590.

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