By Kate Laddish
Alternative-country songwriter and performer Robbie Fulks will be on “30 Rock” Thursday night and then Friday, Oct. 19, at 8:30 p.m., he’ll bring his music to The Palms, 13 Main St., in Winters.
Fulks will perform as a duo with guitarist Robbie Gjersoe and then team up with rockabilly honky-tonkers Red Meat. Tickets are $20.
A Chicago-based guitar picker with 11 albums to his credit, Fulks not only writes and plays straight-up, old-time country, but also enjoys writing songs with wordplay — “The Buck Starts Here (with Hank soon to follow)”, “Forgotten But Not Gone,” “Goodbye, Cruel Girl.”
In addition to his recordings, Fulks is a strong live entertainer. He can make his tenor voice warm, wistful, reedy — or a frighteningly good imitation of Cher doing “Believe.” With a new album “Gone Away Backwards” due out sometime next year, Fulks says that the audience at Friday’s show can expect him to play “stuff from my soon-to-be-untethered new disc, stuff that’s newer yet and stuff you actually want to hear.”
Bay Area-based Red Meat delivers a honky-tonk, rockabilly and old-time feeling country originals with galvanizing energy, talent and humor. Red Meat is Smelley Kelley (vocals), Jill Olson (vocals, bass), Scott Young (vocals, acoustic guitar, fiddle, trombone), Les James (drums, percussion, vocals) and Michael Montalto (electric guitar, acoustic guitar).
Tickets for Robbie Fulks and Red Meat are available at Pacific Ace Hardware in Winters, Armadillo Music in Davis, Watermelon Music’s Woodland branch, and at the door if not sold out. For more information, call 530-795-1825 or visit palmsplayhouse.com, robbiefulks.com and redmeat.com.