Alternative country artist Robbie Fulks returns after a three year absence with the release of "Gone Away Backwards." It is his first album on Bloodshot Records in over a dozen years and Fulks' tone on the new album makes one think that it feels good to be back home.
The album begins with the classic Americana sound of "I'll Trade You Money For Wine" as he does his best Hank Williams impression. The storytelling lyrics of "Where I Fell" are easy to get lost in as the mellow acoustic guitars gallop along behind Fulk's vocals. He showcases his finger-picking on the banjo-led "Long I Ride," before hitting the album's highlight, the beautifully performed "That's Where I'm From." The simple sounds of "Imogene" and the fun-filled "Sometimes The Grass Is Really Greener" show an artist that is in love with what he does as Fulks' music feels fresh and new.
Robbie Fulks is currently on tour, heading to the east coast to perform during the month of September, including stops at Café Nine in Connecticut and the Iron Horse in Massachusetts. To find out more about Robbie's new album, "Gone Away Backward," please visit robbiefulks.com.
On the flip side to Fulks' gentle acoustics is the fuel-injected rock & roll of Barrence Whitfield and The Savages. Their latest release, "Dig Thy Savage Soul" is a blast of raw rock that has equal parts of Little Richard and The Black Keys.
The album wastes no time getting you out of your seat with the fast-paced garage rock of "The Corner Man." They capture more of that sixties rock vibe on "My Baby Didn't Come Home," then throw in some of that classic Rockabilly sound with "Daddy's Gone To Bed." Barrence and the band speed through the surf-guitar of "Blackjack" and swing to "Hey Hey Little Girl." The one thing that is undeniable about Barrence Whitfield and The Savages' new album is that it is loads of fun to listen and move along to. The album closes with the big guitar romp of "Turn Your Damper Down" as Barrence lays it all on the line.
Barrence Whitfield and The Savages have a release show tomorrow night (Sept. 7) in Cambridge, MA. For more information on the band, please visit www.barrencewhitfield.com.