Fats Kaplin and Kristi Rose
New York City born and raised American multi-instrumentalist Kaplin’s Americana sound was born from jazz, gypsy, and traditional string band music. At age 17 he went on the road and recorded with country blues guitarist Roy Bookbinder. After playing for several years in numerous New York early jazz and old timey outfits (and a stint as a craps dealer at 21 in Las Vegas), Fats joined the Tom Russell band in the mid 1980s.
In 1992 Fats moved to Nashville at the urging of Kevin Welch, joining Kevin’s band The Overtones, becoming quickly sought out by artists as diverse as The Manhattan Transfer, Mark Knopfler, Nanci Griffith, The Mavericks, Buddy Miller, Waylon Jennings, Garth Brooks and The Dead Reckoners to record and tour.
Fats and his wife Kristi Rose, with whom he writes and records, have created the musical genre Pulp Country and have released two critically acclaimed albums in addition to his own original instrumental music. They live in a rambling old bungalow in the heart of Nashville, where visitors are met by the aroma of great Italian cooking, the strains of old 78s, rooms filled with musical instruments from around the world, and what they like to think of as congenial wit.