Robbie Fulks, who was nominated for two 2017 Grammy Awards last year, has announced details of a new album ‘Wild! Wild! Wild!’, a collaboration with rock-and-roll royalty Linda Gail Lewis, which arrives August 10th on the Bloodshot label. The album is described as “Americana music that’s as butt-shakin’ as Beale Street, deep-rooted as the Grand Ole Opry, and hip as a trip to The Strip. Subversive as it is reverential, the album jumps the genre tracks of nitty-gritty rock-and-roll, country-and-western, rockabilly, jump swing, and gospel, landing in a strange slice of spacetime—call it 1954—when all these were One (and Linda was 7).”
Rolling Stone has described Robbie Fulks, the record’s producer, as“one of the most observant and wry songwriters of the past two decades”. Ground-zero Louisiana-born rocker Linda Gail Lewis is the younger sister and frequent performing partner of Jerry Lee Lewis, whose piano innovations she carries forward. Her present-at-the-creation cred buoys the record while Robbie—who sings, plays, leads the band, writes most of the songs, and arranges the others—provides an anchoring sensibility, one that savours old sounds but sidesteps nostalgia. Their two talents have fashioned a record that’s “urgent, honest, and fun.” Remember fun?
The album was recorded in Chicago with Alex Hall (JD McPherson, Cactus Blossoms, Pokey LaFarge) and features musical contributions from Redd Volkaert (Merle Haggard), Danny B. Harvey, Scott Ligon and Casey McDonough (NRBQ, The Flat Five), Kelly Hogan (Mavis Staples, Neko Case), Joan Collaso, Yvonne Gage, and others. Below is the album artwork safely nestling in a Soundcloud clip and track listing.
Wild! Wild! Wild! track listing:
1. Round Too Long
2. I Just Lived a Country Song
3. That’s Why They Call It Temptation
4. Wild Wild Wild
5. Who Cares
6. Till Death
7. Memphis Never Falls from Style
8. Boogie Woogie Country Gal
10. Your Red Wagon
11. On the Jericho Road
12. It Came from the South
13. Hardluck, Louisiana