Looking For The Best Song Referencing Leonard Cohen: Ballad of Leonard Cohen By Robbie Fulks

Lynyrd Cohen – Leonard Vs Skynyrd

Today’s offering from was generated when Robbie Fulks, the outstanding Chicago alt-country singer-songwriter1 somehow decided to put together the “Leonard Cohen Vs Lynyrd Skynyrd”2 show, which he performed at The Hideout in Chicago on February 6, 2012.

Mr Fulks himself offers this description of the show:

Lynyrd Cohen, a/k/a Leonard vs Skynyrd, as two 1970s icons duke it out via my quintet’s sensitive musical channeling. The kind of clever club programming that bored, frozen Chicagoans thrive on.


“Leonard Cohen was the finest poet that ever sang the blues”

Robbie Fulks

Now, the content of any imaginable alt-country music program called “Leonard Cohen Vs Lynyrd Skynyrd” is, by definition, outré, arcane, and downright inexplicable — that is, exactly what Cohencentric’s readers have come to expect. So, here it is…

Robbie Fulks – Ballad of Leonard Cohen

The video automatically starts at the point the song itself commences. Aficionados of stage banter may wish to adjust their dials back to the beginning of the video to hear Mr Fulks introduce the show.


I am republishing selected posts from my former Leonard Cohen site, Cohencentric, here on AllanShowalter.com (these posts can be found at Leonard Cohen). This entry was originally posted Feb 12, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric.


  1. According to Peter Applebome of the New York Times, “Mr. Fulks is more than a songwriter. He’s a gifted guitarist who has taught for years at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, he’s a soulful singer with an expressive honky-tonk tenor, and he’s a natural performer. It rings true when he says he’s only truly comfortable when he’s onstage or when he’s totally alone. But what really sets him apart is his songwriting, which is one part artful country, one part artful sendup of country and one part a little of everything else.” []
  2. Sometimes referenced as “Lynyrd Skynyrd vs. Leonard Cohen” []

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