Interview: Robbie Fulks

In 1936, writer James Agee and photographer Walker Evans ventured into the impoverished American South with the aim of recording their experience with its inhabitants. The resulting book, “Let Us Now Praise Famous Men,” was released to acclaim in 1941. Evans wrote years later that Agee was a strong judge of character: “[Agee had] an ingrained courtesy, an uncourtly courtesy that emanated from him towards everyone, perhaps excepting the smugly rich, the pretentiously genteel. . . . [H]uman beings were at least possibly immortal and literally sacred souls.”

Much the same can be said of country singer-songwriter Robbie Fulks, whose songs — often irreverent, sometimes sad, always perceptive about the human condition — contain the same empathy.

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