October in the Railroad Earth

Tom Russell’s latest recording of original compositions, October in the Railroad Earth, is set for CD and vinyl release March 15, 2019, on Frontera Records in North America and Proper Records for the rest of the world. He describes the songs and sound as “Jack Kerouac meets Johnny Cash in Bakersfield.”
Bill Kirchen is featured on lead electric guitar, Eliza Gilkyson adds vocals, and the Grammy® Award-winning Texmaniacs appear on “Isadore Gonzalez,” about a Mexican cowboy who died in England during a performance of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. The record contains nine other originals, including the title song from the Irish film Small Engine Repair, and a cover of the traditional “Wreck of the Old 97.”
October in the Railroad Earth follows the acclaimed 2017 Frontera/Proper album Folk Hotel and Russell’s tribute to Ian & Sylvia on True North Records, Play One More, both receiving worldwide acclaim. Between major releases in 2018, Russell recorded the Bruce Springsteen track “Across The Border” for the three-disc Appleseed Records anniversary sampler, Roots and Branches, and issued a re-recording of early classics on Frontera, Old Songs Yet To Sing.

Russell’s previous album of new original material was the 2015 “folk opera” that Thom Jurek of allmusic.com hailed as Tom’s masterpiece, The Rose of Roscrae. Named “The top folk album of 2015” by Mojo magazine, Roscrae was also lauded as “maybe the most important Americana record of all time” by UK Folk. The album was included in top ten lists of dozens of publications, including the Los Angeles Times.

In 2007, on one of Russell’s five appearances on Late Night with David Letterman, he debuted the controversial “Who’s Gonna Build Your Wall?” which has since gone viral.

Tom Russell’s songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Doug Sahm, Nanci Griffith, k.d. lang, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Dave Alvin, Iris DeMent, Dave Van Ronk, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and Joe Ely, Tom Paxton, Ian Tyson, and Joe Ely, among many others.
Tom Russell graduated from the University of California with a Master’s degree in Criminology and taught Sociology in Nigeria during the Biafran War.
 Spring News
Rainbow Man Gallery in Santa Fe has opened up the new “Tom Russell Wing” with ten new paintings: Custer’s Last Stand, Mesabi (cover of next record), Ira Hayes, The Carter Family, and others. Visit the gallery at: http://rainbowman.com
Email Inqueries: rainbomn@aol.com
Rainbow Man (on the Square in Santa Fe) also is handling the sale of the Tom Russell Private Folk Art Collection, this collection has been assembled over the last thirty years and includes pieces by the late Howard Finster( who painted many covers for REM and others), Jimmy Lee Sudduth (who was also a blues singer and is collected by Tommy Lee Jones), Southern Folk carvings, Haitian Paintings, African Barber sings, Western Art, and Carnival Art. About 26 pieces. Contact Bob or Zak: rainbomn@aol.com Or call: 505-982-8706.
The Carter Family print is available from www.yarddog.com
Tours: Next stop Omaha!!...... then Lawrence Kansas and a special “Beat and Boxing” show and reading with George Kimball, who has used Tom’s paintings on the cover of his new book: Manly Art.
Then: Kansas City, Dallas (with Ian Atkins), Oklahoma City and a special East Coast appearance at Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble in June! All dates on www.tomrussell.com
The new record will be released in September with a full Fall Tour. Most of the dates are now up on the TR site. Tom is currently writing blogs about each of the new songs. You may read or sign up for the blog at: http://www.russelltom.blogspot.cohttp:/
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