Alt-country iconoclast Robbie Fulks will release his latest album, Gone Away Backward, on Bloodshot Records on August 27. Produced by Steve Albini (Nirvana, Pixies, The Breeders), the record marks the Chicago singer-songwriter’s return to the label — home to Justin Townes Earle, Jon Langford, Cory Branan and Murder By Death. Fulks’ last album on Bloodshot was 2001’s 13 Hillbilly Giants.
Gone Away Backward follows 2010’s Happy, Fulks’ album of genre-bending Michael Jackson covers.
Here’s Fulks’ comments on his prodigal return:
As opposed to this idea that I’m “coming back to Bloodshot” (the verb “crawling” has also been muttered behind sleeves) I don’t feel like I ever left. For sure I never slammed the door behind me in proud, valedictory defiance. Well, not since 1997 anyhow. Since then, I’ve co-released 2 records with them (Very Best of [me] in 1999 and 13 Hillbilly Giants in 2001), doing separate runs on my imprint and theirs. I used their retail distribution network and other resources on Couples in Trouble in 2001. I contributed to compilations they put out in 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, and 2006, and played for their 15th anniversary in 2011. Also in ’11 they helped me market my little tribute to Michael Jackson.
Most people would pick “Put out a Michael Jackson tribute record” as the best definitive answer to the question, “How do I make Bloodshot Records go away?” However, Bloodshot Records won’t go away. I see them at shows and seminars and parties and, in the case of Rob, wherever liquor is sold. When I go down to the Bloodshot office to buy records from my catalogue, there they are. Bloodshot. One reason I see Nan and Rob with some frequency is that we live in the same general area. Chicago is a big place, but the country music community is quite small. When you exclude style-hopping working stiffs who occasionally slap on Stetsons, and the usual corporately polished radio-imitation nonsense, there’s maybe 10 of us. No, there’s 9 — Kelly [Hogan] went to Wisconsin. So fate has really thrown us into the same cramped cauldron. Not a bad place to be at all. At this point, I think we’re kind of impressed, with each other and ourselves, that we’re still in the game; the smart money 20 years ago was on our being wards of the state by now.
Check out the album art and track listing below.
Gone Away Backward Track listing:
I’ll Trade You Money for Wine
Where I Fell
Long I Ride
That’s Where I’m From
When You Get to the Bottom
Snake Chapman’s Tune
Sometimes the Grass is Really Greener
Guess I Got It Wrong
The Many Disguises of God
Rose of the Summer