Robbie Fulks and Linda Gail Lewis

3TEN ACL Live Presents

Robbie Fulks and Linda Gail Lewis

Redd Volkaert

Fri · August 2, 2019

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

$21.00 - $25.00

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Robbie Fulks and Linda Gail Lewis - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
Robbie Fulks and Linda Gail Lewis
What do you get when you pair the “Queen of Rock-n-Roll” with the “King of AltCountry”? A full-house!

Grammy nominee Robbie Fulks is a founder of the “Alternative Country” genre who has appeared multiple times on the Grand Ole Opry. A critics’ darling with devoted fans to match, Fulks has been featured everywhere from the New York Times (“his lyrics are literature”) to Austin City Limits, from NBC (Today Show, Conan O’Brien, 30 Rock) to NPR. For his most recent sit-down with Terry Gross on NPR’s “Fresh Air,” Robbie brought his new duet partner along.

Linda Gail Lewis and Robbie Fulks met while touring in Europe, and the unlikely pair quickly found they had much in common. He was raised in the upland south (inspiration for his 2016 multiple-Grammy-nominated album Upland Stories). Linda’s formative years were spent in a destitute sharecropper’s shack, and, after dropping out of school to join brother Jerry Lee Lewis’s act, barrooms and night clubs throughout the deep South. From childhood she was steeped in Southern musical culture and rock-and-roll high and low living, as she tagged along on her brother’s journey through fame, fortune, scandal, exile, and full-throated comeback.

Of course, she did more than tag along—by 14, she was playing, recording, and touring with him and others. After leaving the limelight to raise a family, she reemerged in the 1980s as a rock-and-roll pianist with skills rivaling her brother’s. A string of records and endless touring followed. In 2000, Van Morrison invited Linda to join him for a tour that led to their acclaimed collection of country classics You Win Again.

Robbie Fulks’s admiration for Linda’s talents led to their new collaboration: “Wild! Wild! Wild!” Lyrically, the album delves into the roots of her upbringing, and tells her life story in simple but poetic language. Musically, it’s 100% American Roots in all its colorful variants: Blues, Country, Boogie-Boogie, Jazz, Gospel, and Rock-n-Roll.

Their stage show is a rocking, wild, and moving. It features master players with amazing and diverse resumes: Redd Volkaert, the Austin king of the Telecaster and longtime Merle Haggard sideman; drummer Alex Hall, who produced and played on some of the best new records by young Americana acts like JD McPherson, Pokey LaFarge, and Cactus Blossoms; Scott Ligon, of the legendary rock band NRBQ; and upright bassist Beau Sample, the founder of Chicago’s traditional jazz ensemble Fat Babies, and who has also toured with Wanda Jackson and Hot Club of Cowtown, among many others. These men not only pump up each performance with their in-themoment playing — they’re also the players from the record, and close friends. That chemistry and close experience make authentically happy music, and raise every show to a one-of-a-kind experience.
Redd Volkaert
Redd Volkaert
Still waiting.
Born, ate, grew, ate some more.
Got a hand-me-down guitar from my brother and started noodling.
Discovered Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Albert King, and Johnny Winter. WOAH!! Also got my first Fender and began to woodshed and eat. My neighbor Wilf Warkentin, who played way better than me, drug me down the rock-'n'-roll path of least resistance. Played in local bands together while still having our country records at the bottom of our rock & blues stack. After we got our driver's licenses, we hardly saw each other anymore. I continued to be hired and fired many times while still noodling and knowing it all at such a young age.
Ran out of places to noodle in British Columbia, Canada, and relocated to Edmonton, Alberta. Once there and after lots of car trouble and nowhere to live but the car, I hooked up with a trio named 'Picker', headed by drummer /singer Gordon Green, for three years trying to learn how to sing and play at the same time.
Joined the Prairie Fire Band (a 5-piece hard core traditional Country and Western Swing band) with steel guitarist Dick Kruger in '81 for a couple of years, gathering TV and recording experience while studying under Big George Moody (my first live hero). Then entered Danny Hooper and Country Spunk with fiddle phenomenon Calvin Vollrath for another couple of years of hardcoredom. These two bands are where I think I learned a lot of music and business from two of the best band leaders in Canada.
I decided to go to Nashville via California, assuming everybody in Edmonton was sick of my noodling and the U.S. hadn't heard of me yet (hopeful). My first stop was in Redding, CA, at the Saddle Horn Club with Johnny Roberts for a 1-month engagement that ended suddenly with my leaving town in the middle of the night.
Landed a gig with Don Cox and the Cowtown Band featuring steel guitarist Bobby Black (WOW!) in San José where Don told me that he had had some ugly guitar players in his 20 years at that club, but I was the best of the truck driver lookin' ones.
Six months later I moved to Santa Cruz to work with Ginny Mitchell in her trio for the summer (two guitars and bass) doing country, bluegrass, and swing. That was a blast!
Tired of being a noodling beach bum, I headed south to L.A. where I played seven nights a week in Huntington Beach with Chad Watson, Mike Thomas, and Alan Rich (Charlie's boy), met hundreds of new pickers, got my ass kicked by thousands of guitar players, it was wonderful. There I listened as much as I played. The L.A. music scene at that time was a great and exciting learning time for me. I got to experience country, blues, rockabilly, swing, and jazz like I'd never heard or seen before. I was lucky enough to get to play on many demos and recordings of everything but jazz; I still get a headache when I try to figure that stuff out. I even considered giving up food for music - there was so much variety there.
After ODing on L.A. I decided Nashville was my next move, knowing they fully needed another noodler with a Telecaster. So I stopped in San Angelo, TX, to visit Lynn Massey, former drummer of Red Steagall's band, whom I'd met in Calgary 10 years earlier. He just happened to need a guitar player for a couple of months, so we kicked around Texas for the winter. His band later became Neil McCoy's band and still is today.
I got to Nashville in November '90, did sub work and fill-ins around town and surrounding areas 'til March. Had a house gig fall through in January so I was broke and ready to leave town already. I would go to clubs every night and sit in if they'd let me. I wound up getting more fill-in work until I was offered a job at the Stage Coach Lounge on Murfreesboro Road with the Don Kelley Band which turned out to be a springboard for many premiere guitarists in Nashville, such as Brent Mason, Sid Hudson, Danny Parks, Troy Lancaster, Walter Garland, etc. So for me at the time I didn't know that I would be the one to break the springboard! Oops, the club closed four years later. When Don would pay me at the end of the week, he would say "Here, go buy you a tone!" Needless to say this is where I learned how to pawnshop for new and exciting gear. Don Kelley is the best band leader Nashville has ever known. Being a great player himself, he always let the guitarist in his band go nuts within reason, his. After I left his band, he must have got his stride back 'cause he's got the great Johnny Hiland pickin' with him.
While in his band, Clinton Gregory, his fiddle player, scored a deal with Step One Records and hit the road 340 days a year with me for two and a half years. He did plenty of TV work for TNN at the time and he was sort of an underdog in the industry being as successful as he was and being on an independent label.
From then on, it was back to the clubs subbing and filling in for different folks with the odd week out of town here and there. A few years later, Don had moved to a club down on Broadway called 'Robert's Western World' six nights a week, so I went back to work with him, doing showcases and demos during the day, teaching, fixing guitars, and building pedal boards for friends around town.
One day the phone rang and Merle Haggard wanted to know if I was interested in working with him. I hesitated, because of the "Roberts" gig, for 3/10ths of a second. I had jammed with and got to know some of the guys in his band. So when Joe Manuel left to go with Lee Anne Womack, Merle asked the band who they wanted on guitar, five out of eight said me, so I am still getting even with the other three.
Lucky for me Don said I could do both gigs until it got too hectic (pretty accommodating fella). So I did and had Johnny Hiland fill in as much as he could for me while gone. Later that fall, a tornado came through downtown and cleaned off Johnny's house gig, The Turf Club across the street. At that point, I was gone enough and Johnny needed a steady gig, and I think he's still playing there with Don.
After not listening to commercial radio anymore for the last two years, I was asked when I moved to Austin, TX in an interview what had brought me to Austin. All I could say was "Nashville." I'd always enjoyed the live music scene in Austin, especially the variety: country, blues, swing, jazz, tejano, salsa, and everything else you can think of. At that point I had enough of the pop bubble gum music that I hadn't cared for the first time around, being played on the radio and in all the studios. The crowds in Austin seem to accept people for their musical ability more than their clothes or lack of, hair or lack of, cowboy hats or lack of.
So now I live in south Austin, play a few nights a week with my own band where I can noodle to my heart's content, within reason, mine. Play with Merle Haggard, around a hundred days a year, give or take a few, until he hangs it up or runs me off.
Well all things good & shiny sometimes tarnish, fade, and lose their luster, then come to an end, bands, marriages ya ya ya . . . but since I got here to Austin in 2000, I've been playing in clubs around town, with my own little band and some others, doing some recording and Tv work as well, and periodicly flying to Nashville to record, doing some guitar clinics here and there. Mostly I've got to play with some fantastic players, live and on digital tape here in Texas. I jammed with some great players too. There's alot of great music right here in Texas, I just wish I'd come here sooner! Check out my ' News & Pig Tales' page!

Bye for now, this isn't all (I hope)

Venue Information:
3TEN Austin City Limits Live
310 Willie Nelson Blvd, Suite 1A
Austin, TX, 78701