13 Hillbilly Giants by Robbie Fulks
No, this is not the soundtrack to one of those awesome 50's sci-fi flicks about the perils of nuclear war.
This record is a fantastic collection of country covers. But don't think that Robbie will expose you to the vast and rich heritage of country music through no-brainers like Hank, Buck, Haggard or Jones. No, we'll leave that rather shallow reading of country's history to a thousand numb-nut other bands who toss in an oldie in between their Garth tributes.
Rather, Robbie presents the true unsung heroes of country music--the ones who lurk in the dark alleys and dusty attics and long forgotten hit parades. Tracks written by Jimmy Arnold, Frankie Miller, Wynn Stewart, Jean Shepard, and Hylo Brown represent the dark, the tragic and, of course, the humor that's so painfully missing from today's country music, but nonetheless make up an important part of its history. Of course in the end the album is all Robbie, and he's at his best here.
(From Bloodshot Records)