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Troubadour Believes In Cher Song

Of the Oakland Press

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A literate and insightful songwriter, Robbie Fulks is among the last artists you’d expect to cover a Cher song. But the suburban Chicago-based troubadour has included her chart-topping 1999 hit “Believe” on his new live album, “Revenge!”

“I just heard (‘Believe’) in the van one day,” Fulks, 44, recalls. “Someone had given us a bunch of CDs ... and the greatest hits of Cher was in there. I believe it was the first song up, and I said, ‘Y’know, this is a pretty good song

’ ...

“The rest of the band was in the van and they were like, ‘Oh my God, where have you been?! That’s like saying Starbucks is pretty good coffee!’ So ... whatever. I thought it was a great song and we did it once or twice and people responded, so we kept doing it.”

“Revenge!,” meanwhile, features two discs of Fulks in concert — one with his full band, the other with an acoustic group. Interestingly, more than half of the songs are new versions, rather than performance versions, of his existing work.

“To me, it was a regular album,” Fulks explains. “The only thing that would give it value was if there was some new stuff on it. The last thing I want to do is put out a recording of old songs with crowd noise. I wanted it to have value over and above just hearing stuff that was already out there.”

The Robbie Fulks Band performs at 8 p.m. Friday (May 11th) at The Ark, 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. Tickets are $15. Call (734) 761-1451 or visit www.theark.org.

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