The Rose of Roscrae

The Rose of Roscrae

" An American Masterpiece isn't strong enough to describe the significance of this saga…. there's never been anything like it on the American music scene. "
Mike Hurshman, KAFM Radio, Colorado
Singer songwriter, painter, essayist - Tom Russell has recorded thirty five highly acclaimed records, & published five books - including a book on his art and a book of his songs. Tom Russell songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Doug Sahm, Nanci Griffith, K.D. Lang, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Ian Tyson, Iris Dement, Joe Ely, and a hundred others. Tom Russell graduated from The University of California with a Master's Degree in Criminology. He was recently awarded the 2015 ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for excellence in music journalism & has appeared on Late Night with David Letterman TV show five times.
In 2015 Russell released a 52 track "folk opera" on the West, The Rose of Roscrae, which was hailed as "Maybe the most important Americana record of all time," by UK Folk, and "The top Folk album of 2105," by Mojo Magazine. It was included in top ten lists in three dozen publications, including The Los Angeles Times. The record included tracks by Johnny Cash, Leadbelly, Walt Whitman, Maura O'Connell, Finbar Furey, and others. His latest release (May 2016) is The Tom Russell Anthology 2 (Gunpowder Sunsets) - 19 Tracks.
Recent Quotes on Tom Russell: July 2016

"These songs on The Tom Russell Anthology 2: Gunpowder Sunsets leaves me in anticipation of whatever might be coming next from the best songwriter of my generation." Mike Regenstreiff, Montreal Gazette, Sing Out (June 2016)

"Tom Russell is Johnny Cash, Jim Harrison and Charles Bukowski rolled into one. I feel a great affinity with Tom Russell's songs, for he is writing out of the wounded heart of America."Lawrence Ferlinghetti (Poet)
"Tom Russell is an original, a brilliant songwriter with a restless curiosity and an almost violent imagination. “Blood and Candle Smoke” is vintage Russell, and the Graham Greene connection is a ‘beaut." Annie Proulx (The Shipping News, Brokeback Mountain)

"Tom Russell is the last great American voice." Ken Bruen (The Dramatist, The Cross)

"How great is Tom Russell? Isn't he the best? I'd like to quit my job and travel with him...if the money can be worked out..." David Letterman, Late Night with David Letterman

The greatest living folk-country songwriter is a man named Tom Russell...John Swenson, Rolling Stone

Tom Russell is the best songwriter of the generation following Bob Dylan...The Montreal Gazette
"The Rose of Roscrae" - Recent 2015/2016 Reviews:

The #1 Album of the Year, The Irish Post, Joe Giltrap, Dec 19. 2015.

Los Angeles Times Top Ten Albums, Dec. 2015 : Masterful songwriter Russell enlists the help of friends and peers such as Maura O'Connell and others over a staggering 52 tracks in an extraordinary piece of Americana with an expansive narrative and scope. Randy Lewis

UNCUT Magazine "Album of the Month" - June 2015: It is an epic tale, a blend of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Berthold Brecht, Cormac McCarthy and Louis L'Amour, thick with references to U.S. history, music and myth...the scope is majestic, the ambition outrageous and the music magnificent. A unique accomplishment. Peter Watts
A bravely original epic. The Guardian, UK. 4/5 stars, April 10, 2015

A game changer - it could just be the single most important Americana release of all time.Folk Radio, UK

A bold two-disc country-folk-rock opera about a young 19th-century Irish immigrant drawn to a new life as a cowboy in the west after a failed love affair. It's a sprawling beast of an album and a remarkable piece of creativity. ★★★★ Best Country Music Albums of 2015: The Telegraph UK

It is novelistic in scope, full of detailed historiography and musical verve, a proud addition to the great American tradition of the immigrant epic. Financial Times, UK, 4/15

This time, Russell’s previous western albums collide with Les Miserables and David Milch’s "Deadwood." The result is a staggering feat of the imagination. No other living singer-songwriter even contemplates making albums like this one. Craig McDonald, Author, The Hector Lassiter Series

The journey is Homeric...Real and fictional characters are hard-stitched into his seamless narrative...soulful and moving for its reach...Russell's view of history may be romantic but it is also gritty as hell, and enduring. This is his masterpiece. Thom Jurek, All Music Guide, April 14, 2015

Russell’s Roscrae masterpiece, as well as his back catalogue, totally outstrips (so much of) the music by contemporaries that masquerades as Americana. Approached very much in the panoramic spirit of classical composer Aaron Copland...Arthur Wood, No Depression, April 2015

Subtitled A Ballad Of The West, this is an expansive, cowboy culture wonderland from the man they call America’s Greatest Living Songwriter. Maverick, UK, 5 Stars, 2015
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