Surprisingly Tame and Fun

Shad Cobb and Robbie Fulks warming up for a fiddle and banjo duet at the start of the second set at the IBMM in Owensboro.  Photo taken by and the property of FourWalls.
@FourWalls (10090)
United States
November 17, 2017 7:41pm CST
On Monday Robbie said that he was concerned about how to “read” the upcoming Thursday show at the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro, having been told that many in the audience would be “older” and might not react well to him doing the old “FTT” song (which, for the record, he hasn’t done in about 18 years). Thursday arrived and the show was surprisingly tame. And that’s not an insult or a negative remark. I so rarely get to see Robbie Fulks “toned down” where he “has” to “behave himself” that it’s quite a treat to see it when it does happen. The music was still fine. He dropped a couple of songs that might have not gone over well with a group of die-hard dyed-in-Bill Monroe-wool bluegrass fans (“She Took a Lot of Pills” and “Banks of the Marianne”), but playing banjo at the start of the second set calmed any feathers that might have been ruffled with the performance of the Chico and the Man theme. Comedy was still heavy, too. I was rather shocked at the hearty laughter coming from a small-town Kentucky bluegrass audience when Fulks mentioned the “classic cartoon Beavis and Butt-Head” while discussing Tales From the Tour Bus (which is an animated country music series from the B&BH creator). Okay, the old folks are conservative but they know their MTV cartoons. Another one of the best jokes of the night came from fiddler Shad Cobb. Before doing his song “Banjo in the Holler” he described it as being about the banjo but not featuring the banjo, which was “a win-win.” (Standard bluegrass joke aside here: what do you call 100 banjos at the bottom of the Mississippi River? Answer: good for a start. ) I’m sure Robbie will let loose tonight, my third and final time this week to see him (and my last scheduled time to see him in 2017, although I do have tickets for him and the Flat Five in Chicago in December). But “tame” shows are fun every now and then, too!
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@JudyEv (101180)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Nov
Violas are the butt of many a joke too - and ukeleles. Glad you enjoyed the concert.
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@teamfreak16 (36813)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
18 Nov
Mike Judge does a country music cartoon? I did not know.
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@FourWalls (10090)
• United States
18 Nov
Robbie’s most recent blog is about it. He loves it. I can’t wait for it to come out on DVD!
“Tales From The Tour Bus” is necessary viewing for any halfway serious C&W aficionado. It presents wild anecdotes, told mainly by eyewitnesses, about the lives and misbehavior of classic country artists, in animated sequences that dramatize both the storie
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@teamfreak16 (36813)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
18 Nov
@FourWalls - That was a good read. I'm going to have to keep an eye out.
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@FourWalls (10090)
• United States
18 Nov
@teamfreak16 — a two-time award-winning author I’m friends with (we sit together at the country music conference every year) said there are a lot of writers who are very happy that Robbie sticks to music as his primary objective, given what a good writer he is.
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@kobesbuddy (19698)
• East Tawas, Michigan
18 Nov
I learned how to play a ukulele and got laughed at! LOL
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@FourWalls (10090)
• United States
18 Nov
Tiny Tim ruined the ukulele as a serious instrument.
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@kobesbuddy (19698)
• East Tawas, Michigan
18 Nov
@FourWalls Tiny Tim was a major joke, on any stage:(
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@LoriAMoore (10162)
• United States
18 Nov
Glad you enjoyed yourself.
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