Robbie Fulks

The question these days shouldn’t be what the alt in alt-country stands for but rather this: When did the overproduced, hypercommercial pop-rock drivel that is usually sung with some forced semblance of a country drawl begin to qualify as the heart and soul of country music? The real country singers these days — good people like Robbie Fulks who live and breathe the gospel according to Waylon, Hank, Johnny and June — are relegated to the side door while the Tobys and Shanias are able to ponder their navels as they wait for the royalty check from their last truck commercial. For Fulks, the irony of the situation is hardly lost; an aptly titled cut from his latest album, Georgia Hard, is all it takes to demonstrate where Fulks will always stand: “Countrier Than Thou.”

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