13 Hillbilly Giants

13 Hillbilly Giants

by Robbie Fulks Robbie Fulks




Many will interpret 13 Hillbilly Giants as Robbie Fulks' return to the alternative country fold after an experiment or two in pop and rock. And what better way to return than to record 13 classic, if lesser-known, country music songs? The simple arrangements, straight from a two-track tape, give songs like Frankie Miller's "Family Man" a natural feel. Equally uncomplicated is Fulks' production, mixing fiddles, mandolins, and dobros to the left and right channels and leaving his voice front and center. The material runs the gauntlet, from drinking songs like Bill Anderson's "Cocktails" to heart-wrenching weepers like Dolly Parton's "Jeannie's Afraid of the Dark." Fulks proves quite versatile vocally, though he perhaps gets carried away with a crying jag in "I Want to Be Mama'D" and the comic histrionics in "Knot Hole." There's a lovely, sad version of "Bury the Bottle With Me," the story of a man who recounts his hell-bent tale as he looks over his own grave, and a marvelous take on the lust-driven ballad "Burn on Love Fire." It should also be mentioned that Donna Fulks offers fine harmony and background vocals on songs like "Cocktails." Fulks says in the liner notes that he wanted to introduce his audience to older country music on 13 Hillbilly Giants. Toward this goal he succeeds, offering a piece of hillbilly history tailor-made for the alternative country crowd.

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Product Details

Release Date: 11/06/2001
Label: Bloodshot Records
UPC: 0744302008424
catalogNumber: 20084
Rank: 16579


  1. Southern Comfort
  2. Cocktails
  3. I Want to Be Mama'd
  4. By the Law of My Heart
  5. Family Man
  6. Burn on Love Fire
  7. Jeannie's Afraid of the Dark
  8. Donna on My Mind
  9. We Live a Long Time to Get Old
  10. Lotta Lotta Women
  11. Knot Hole
  12. Act Like a Married Man
  13. Bury the Bottle With Me

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Robbie Fulks   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Joe Terry   Organ,Piano,Vocals
Lorne Rall   Upright Bass
Murphy   Acoustic Guitar,Fiddle
Gerald Dowd   Drums
Robbie Gjersoe   Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Bill Anderson   Source Material
Benny Martin   Source Material
Dolly Parton   Source Material
Hylo Brown   Source Material
Jimmy Murphy   Source Material
Gordon Terry   Source Material
Jean Shepard   Source Material
Jimmy Arnold   Source Material
Steve Albini   Engineer
Porter Wagoner   Source Material
Jimmie Logsdon   Source Material
Carlisles   Source Material
Dave Rich   Source Material
Robbie Fulks   Producer,Liner Notes

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