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Robbie Fulks On World Cafe | January 21st, 2014

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As a songwriter, Robbie Fulks can be devastatingly funny, then slay with sentiment in the next moment. He's made a career of it, while approaching the music business from nearly every angle. He had a brief run on a major label in the 1990s, which helped inspire his memorable critique of Nashville's country music industry, titled "F—- This Town."

Fulks seems a lot happier today, and he put out a wonderful new album last year titled Gone Away Backwards. Here, we'll discuss songwriting, flat-picking and the toughest moments of his career. (via link)

Tracklisting:

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Andrew Bird "A Nervous Tick Motion of the Head to the Left" Andrew Bird & The Mysterious Production of Eggs
Ryley Walker “The West Wind” The West Wind EP
Bob Dylan “Fourth Time Around” Blonde On Blonde
((Smith Westerns “Best Friend” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Robbie Fulks “Sometimes the Grass is Really Greener” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Robbie Fulks “When You Get to the Bottom” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Robbie Fulks “Georgia Hard” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((Robbie Fulks “Sometimes the Grass is Really Greener” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Norah Jones & Billie Joe Armstrong “Long Time Gone” Foreverly
Parquet Courts “You Got Me Wondering Now” Tally All the Things That You Broke
Quilt “Saturday Bride” Held in Splendor
Graham Parker “Don’t Ask Me Questions” Passion is No Ordinary Word 
((Robbie Fulks “Rose of the Summer” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Kinky “The Headphonist” Atlas
Wild Cub “Thunder Clatter” Youth
Givers “Up, Up, Up” In Light
Boy “Little Numbers” Mutual Friends 
Badly Drawn Boy “Something to Talk About” About a Boy Soundtrack
Courtney Barnett “Avant Gardener” The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas
Jeremy Messersmith “Tourniquet” Heart Murmurs
((Allah Las “Sacred Sands” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Squeeze “Tempted” East Side Story
Dr Dog “Distant Light” B-Room
((Shugo Tokumaru “Clocca” Exit))
Midlake “The Old and the Young” Antiphon
Eels “Trouble with Dreams” Blinking Lights & Other Revelations, Disc 1
Steve Forbert “You Cannot Win If You Do” Alive on Arrival
((Anthony D’Amato “Holy War” Down Wires))