If country music has an Elvis Costello (when he’s not doing country himself), it’s Robbie Fulks, who marries Ivy League cleverness to an appreciation of hillbilly music that actual hillbillies could only envy. His first live album, a two-discer called Revenge!, doesn’t play it any safer than trad-alt-country-rock fans would expect: It’s half electric, half acoustic, half new, half not. His passionately unplugged treatment of Cher’s ”Believe” is semi-ironic, but his originals are funny and sincere — like ”I Like Being Left Alone,” a poignantly wry statement of middle-aged purpose. Download This: The Buck Starts Here!
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