Oh, he's one helluva performer too. Fulks turns his concerts into wonderfully unpredictable affairs as he pinballs from the hilarious ("I Told Her Lies") to the heartbroken ("Barely Human"); from rootsy pop songs ("Mad at a Girl") to bluegrass murder ballads ("In Bristol Town One Bright Day"). As if his own tunes don't offer enough diversity, the Chicago-based musician keeps folks on their toes with his eclectic cover songs. On one hand, Fulks is a keeper of the traditional country music flame. His 2002 disc 13 Hillbilly Giants spotlighted little-known country gems like Bill Anderson's bittersweet "Cocktails," and he produced the recently released Johnny Paycheck tribute album Touch My Heart. On the other hand, he has a soft spot for Top 40 pop tunes: ABBA's "Dancing Queen" has been a longtime concert staple, and Cher's "Believe" seems to be a current fave. A perennial all-star on the alt-country circuit, Fulks has big-league talent that's a delight to experience.
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