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Rock Picks: Robbie Fulks plays new music at Motorco in Durham

Robbie Fulks will play songs from his lovely and deeply personal new album “Upland Stories” at a Thursday show at Motorco Music Hall in Durham.
Robbie Fulks will play songs from his lovely and deeply personal new album “Upland Stories” at a Thursday show at Motorco Music Hall in Durham.

Robbie Fulks plays new music at Motorco in Durham

Robbie Fulks has always had a way with a punchline, but overt yucks take a backseat to his super-sharp eye for writerly detail on the lovely and deeply personal new album “Upland Stories” (Bloodshot Records). Drawing on James Agee’s Depression-era book about poverty “Let Us Now Praise Famous Men” and Fulks’ own youth in North Carolina for inspiration, “Upland Stories” quietly tells its tales with some of the best pure lyric-writing this side of Jason Isbell. “Well I was just a lad about yay tall/Sniffin’ that glue in the Northgate Mall/Down where the anchormen say ‘you all’/And kindness is a show for strangers” – and the onetime Creedmoor resident’s delivery rings as true as the details, perfectly embellished by the spare acoustic backdrops. Fulks will play it live Thursday at Durham’s Motorco Music Hall. Showtime is 8 p.m. tickets are $14-$16. See motorcomusic.com for details.

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