In the mid-1990s, Chicago-based artist Robbie Fulks became known as the sharp-as-a-tack, wry genius
of the alternative country scene. Today - after ten releases spanning various shades of twang (Country
Love Songs), somber yet popconscious roots-rock (Couples In Trouble), and even Michael Jackson
covers (Happy) - he leaves behind the amplifier-and-drumkit-driven songwriting which defined his
mode and returns to the folk and bluegrass sounds that once captured the imagination of a little boy who first picked up a banjo at age seven.
Recorded and mixed by Steve Albini at Electrical Audio in Chicago, Gone Away Backward finds Fulks
re-evaluating his roots and lamenting the decline of the small-town and rural America in which he was
raised. It's as hopeful as it is dark, modern
as it is historical, foreign as it is familiar. It's auto-biographical and all-embracing storytelling. City and country.
"Fulks is comfortable with the sum of country music, from the goofiest lark to the most funereal dirge."
- AV CLUB
1. I'll Trade You Money For Wine
2. Where I Fell
3. Long I Ride
4. That's Where I'm From
5. When You Get to the Bottom
6. Snake Chapman's Tune
8. Pacific Slope
9. Sometimes the Grass is Really Greener
10. Guess I Got It Wrong
11. The Many Disguises of God
12. Rose of the Summer