Robbie Fulks’ latest album serves as a homecoming. Out August 27, Gone Away Backward marks the alt-country vet’s return not only to his folk and bluegrass roots, but also to Bloodshot Records — the upcoming LP is his first on the label since 2001’s 13 Hillbilly Giants. Thematically, Fulks’ childhood hangs heavily over the 12-track effort; as Bloodshot puts it, the Chicago-based singer-songwriter laments “the decline of small-town and rural America in which he was raised.” Recorded and mixed by Steve Albini, Gone Away Backward inhabits a forgotten segment of the country, telling stories of children outgrowing (and out-earning) their parents, and weary travelers fighting crises of faith and big-city grifters. It’s all woven together with warm instrumentation — banjo, mandolin, fiddle, upright bass, and Fulks’ own guitar picking — and it’s all streaming below.
Pre-order the record from Bloodshot right here.
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