Folk Hotel

Tom Russell's new record of originals, "Folk Hotel," is to be released Sept. 8, 2017, - the year long world tour commences in Boston, rolls across the USA with fifty dates, then goes to Ireland and the UK in November & December. All dates are up on: The record includes 13 new Tom Russell originals and a cover of Bob Dylan's "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues" as a duet with Joe Ely. Augie Meyers and Eliza Gilkyson also appear! There's also a book of lyrics and stories.
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The weeping
of the guitar begins
Wine glasses shatter
In the dead of night
Federico Garcia Lorca

Augie Meyers stopped by the hacienda the other day. He sat down at the antique brown grand piano and pounded out Mexican whorehouse/classical movie music and Marty Robbins songs. We went to Rosas's Cantina. Hallowed ground. Augie has a new honytonk record out called "Country." Available from El Sendero Records, Box 34404, San Antonio, Tx, 78265, or via check his new "Facebook."

The blogs on the new songs from "Blood and Candle Smoke" (the record is out in September) keep pouring out of We are now up to song number eight. Ken Bruen, the great crime novelist from Galway, has heard most of the songs and wrote:

.............................Tom Russell is the last great American voice. For decades, he has been writing/performing and enriching us with mini works of pure art that make the other so called realists seem TR-lite
With Blood and Candle Smoke he has produced his masterpiece
if Guadalupe doesn't make you want to weep, you're better off with Britney and other nonsense. Every song on this pure gold album is a rare and rarer treasure, Ken Bruen.

Check out Ken Bruen's website and great catalogue of novels. Some made into movies. With that in mind, Monte Hellman (Two Lane Blacktop, The Shooting, Ride the Whirlwind) has asked me to write the theme song for his next movie: "Road to Nowhere." I might play a bit part as well. A guitar player.

The Rainbow Man art and folk art store on the square in Santa Fe, New Mexico, now has at least nine of my paintings, including: Criminology, Guadalupe, Snowin on Raton, Mexican Be Bop, Billie Hoilday, and Juarez Blues. Check in at Many of the paintings can be seen here on under the "art" section. Also check out Yard Dog Folk art in Austin.

Winston Watson, the man who played most of the drum parts on "Blood and Candle Smoke," has played with Bob Dylan (400 performances including "Unplugged" and Love and Theft.") He has a great new DVD out in the Bob Dylan Diaries series:Drummer Winston Watson's Incredible Journey. You can find it on Amazon.

*****The South Western Train keeps getting better! Thad Beckman, American folk-blues guitarist and maestro is now onboard and will help out Barry Walsh (keyboards: Roy Orbison, Waylon Jennings, Gretchen Peters) with open mikes and the odd lesson. There might be some song workshops as well: you cannot wish for a more successful songwriter than Gretchen Peters. (Independence Day and a dozen other hits.) There are about 8 seats left on this incredible journey: phone toll free 866-484-3669 or email or check in at

All UK Dates in January are now posted on and Book your tickets for all dates now. Also two new songs are posted on the myspace….all American dates are also posted for the Blood tour. Please book your seats early and keep live music rolling along.

Just finished producing Adrian Brannan's second album at Wave Lab studio in Tucson…with the great Craig Schumacher. Adrian is 17 years old and a real strong talent. The record will feature six of her originals and six covers including Dylan's "Farewell Angelina."

Rumor has it that Peter O'Brien, longtime UK fan and publisher of Omaha Rainbow….has his first record out. Something about Junked Cars and Old Guitars…I've misplaced my copy but Peter is always up to something interesting….you'll find him on the train!

Ondale! Down the road…toward Italy. TR El paso, 7/10/09