Tom Russell

Tom Russell
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Tom Russell was born in Los Angeles in 1950 and now makes his home, on the border in El Paso, Texas. He has recorded seventeen albums of original material and has written such classics as "Navajo Rug," "Gallo del Cielo," "Blue Wing," "Walking on the Moon," "St. Olav's Gate," and "Outbound Plane." Russell's songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Nanci Griffith, Guy Clark, Doug Sahm, Dave Alvin, Joe Ely, Ian Tyson, Suzy Bogguss, Iris DeMent, Peter Case, k.d. lang, Bob Neuwirth, Sylvia Tyson, Katy Moffatt . . . and many others. Russell's acclaimed tribute to Merle Haggard, Tulare Dust, co-produced with Dave Alvin, was responsible for creating what came to be known as the "Americana" radio format. It was that format's longest running number one record. Russell's roots song-cyle, "The Man From God Knows Where," released in 1999, was called by John Lomax "one of the most important folk records ever recorded." The record featured Iris DeMent, Dolores Keane, Dave Van Ronk's last recordings, and a cameo recording of Walt Whitman. Rolling Stone and UPI-syndicated-journalist John Swenson stated: "Russell is one of America's greatest songwriters . . . this record is as close to a Homeric treatment of American history as we're ever likely to see . . . when somebody is looking for the equivalent of the Harry Smith anthology in the middle of the next century, The Man From God Knows Where is what they'll discover." Borderland was released on Hightone in 2001. It was produced by Gurf Morlix, noted producer of many of Lucinda Williams' records. Sing Out wrote: "Tom Russell raised the bar pretty high with The Man From God Knows Where. The next CD would be like Orson Welles filming a follow-up to Citizen Kane. Fortunately, Russell continues growing as an artist and has chosen to grow in a substantially different direction, in style and substance, with Borderland. Billboard said: " Russell is a major talent, and Borderland ranks among his finest work."
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01/15/2010 - Tom Russell, The Duchess, York, January 17 - Read More
11/06/2009 - Tom Russell Prepares for a Busy Week - Read More
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03/26/2009 - Incomparable singer/songwriter Tom Russell coming to Grand Junction April 3 - Read More
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Average Rating : 5              Total Reviews: 5

Tom Russell  08/14/2007            
Pure & simple the best CD TR has ever recorded~ no question! And that amounts to a lot, because all his songs are terrific~ Nothing else to say, this CD covers it all!
Tom Russell  08/14/2007            
This is a great CD to give you a full view of Tom Russell's amazing range of talent. It is hard to imagine that a better descriptive song than "US Steel" will ever be written, but give Tom time ..."Blue Wing" is also one of my many TR favorites. I guess you must be aware of Mr. Russell or you wouldn't be readin' this, but just in case you've somehow been shortchanged by not having heard him ...change that situation! This isn't mindless rock'n roll or "country-for-radio", it's travelin'n thinkin' music! Enjoy!
Tom Russell  09/21/2006            
Brian Burns
Seeing that Tom only has two reviews here gives me hope that there is a Great Age Of Enlightenment just over the horizon in America. Tom is the official contemporary badass of American songwriting, in my humble opinion... kinda like Bob Dylan said about Lenny Bruce... "he's the brother that you never had." --BB
Tom Russell  03/21/2006            
Amazing. Plain and Simple. "Stealing Electricity" is phenominal. If you haven't heard of Tom Russell you must be living under a rock.
Tom Russell  09/12/2005            
John Taine
A very entertaining DVD with lots of great music and scenery from the train trip across Canada. All the Tom Russell classics, plus five new songs. I'll watch it many times.
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