Kristi Rose and Fats Kaplin have long been revered as artists of "distinctive personal approach." Kristi Rose as a singer with a voice that can "sing the stars from the heavens" has been compared to artists ranging from Wanda Jackson to Patti Smith. Fats, as a "brilliant multi-instrumentalist" has been sought over the years by artists as diverse as The Tractors, The Manhattan Transfer, Pure Prairie League, Emmy Lou Harris, Nanci Griffith, The Mavericks, Suzy Boggus, Elvis Costello, The Judds, Buddy Miller, Jason Ringenberg, (with and w/o the Scorchers) and in his own Americana chart topping band, Kane-Welch-Kaplin, as well as many, many more.
Together, Fats and Kristi have created a musical genre, (and way of life) known as Pulp Country. It is a world of cinematic proportion that blends music that has been described as "Soultwang", "Coltrane Meets Country" and an "eclectic walk on the wild side." They write "splendid originals" of "the hooch-soaked, heartbroke netherworld"
They have released two critically acclaimed albums, This Is Pulp Country! and Kristi Rose, Live In Holland, have several self released EPs and in addition, Fats has released 2 CDs, The Fatman Cometh and Fats Kaplin’s World of Wonder on which Kristi Rose is featured. They have taken Pulp Country on the road, both as a band and as a duo to thunderous response, playing stages as diverse as Lincoln Center, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, major festivals and venues in Europe, as well as honkytonks and legendary rock clubs.
Onstage, (and all the world is one) Kristi and Fats, in stark southern gothic style, with lone electric guitar, fiddle, and a voice that gives cry to the heavens, conjure up the thinly veiled lives that we must all lead. Lives that are haunted by ghosts of regret, disrupted by carnal dreams, yet still able to be given over to rapturous joy.