To say that Tom Russell was in a buoyant mood on-stage at the legendary 100 Club would be an understatement of huge proportions. There was a definite party atmosphere – Tom’s UK label Proper Records were out in force to support him and with good reason, the new album ‘October in the Railroad Earth‘ had … Continue reading “Tom Russell, The 100 Club, London, 29th March 2019”
With a band including Fats Kaplin and Andrew Hardin, this is the great Tom Russell live on a German TV show in 1992 with the title track from his 1987 album. Have a great weekend everyone.
It takes some sand to put out an album that shoots for “Jack Kerouac meets Johnny Cash in Bakersfield”. Tom Russell’s extensive resume and impeccable pedigree notwithstanding, it’s a high bar to set. The songs on his new album ‘October in the Railroad Earth’ easily sail over that bar. The album’s title track is borrowed from a lyrical … Continue reading “Tom Russell “October in the Railroad Earth” (Proper, 2019)”
American troubadour Tom Russell, once described by Rolling Stone as “The greatest living folk-country songwriter” has announced a new album ‘October in the Railroad Earth’ confusingly not out in October but on March 15th via Proper Records.
It doesn’t pay to be late to a Tom Russell gig, you might miss the opening act who takes the stage to do a little “guess that tune” as he plays snippets of road songs. A little bit of Pancho and Lefty, a little snippet of Guy Clark, it could be anything, even Leonard Cohen. … Continue reading “Tom Russell, The 100 Club, London, 1st December 2017”
In the 1990’s Tom Russell was, along with Dave Alvin, hailed as the architect of what came to be known as Americana music. Folk Hotel is album number 36 for Russell and, in 2017, he has surely delivered one of the Americana albums of the year. This is a storytellers’ album with every song a … Continue reading “Tom Russell “Folk Hotel” (Proper Records, 2017)”
Having put out one album already this year – Play One More: The Songs of Ian and Sylvia, Tom Russell isn’t letting the grass grow under him. He’ll be releasing another brand-new studio album Folk Hotel on Proper Records. Folk Hotel will be out on September 8th, in advance of his UK tour. The physical version … Continue reading “Tom Russell has a new album coming soon”
From his new album, Play One More -The Songs Of Ian and Sylvia, out now, comes this fine cover of their classic, originally released in 1969 on the Great Speckled Bird album.
Yes, god damn it, Tom Russell will be returning to these fair shores so late in the Fall that we may as well just go ahead and call it a Winter tour. As usual he’ll be playing dates in all the major cities of the realm, and Farncombe. Anyone know what the hell it is … Continue reading “Tonight we ride! Tom Russell has UK dates”
A mini-LP with something of a Californian West Coast vibe, yet delivered from the wilds of Essex. On vinyl too! Russell and The Wolf Choir actually nail a power pop/indie sound pretty well in the first part of this record. Big fuzzy choruses abound, with hints of Pixies guitars, Teenage Fanclub harmonies, Tom Petty arrangements (God rest … Continue reading “Russell And the Wolf Choir “Every Spark Is An Indication” (Independent, 2017)”