|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.
|The Rose is released
*********THE ROSE OF ROSCRAE Released! Shipping Now!
The double Tom Russell CD "The Rose of Roscrae" is now shipping from Frontera Records. The Bundle - or full package - is highly recommended, because you receive the double cd, plus the 92 page book with all lyrics, historical notes on songs, and notes on all performers from Johnny Cash to Lead Belly. Also the third "radio" disc with outtake, major songs, and full Overture.
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*********THE COMPLETE AMERICAN TRILOGY! Package on Sale: "The Man From God Knows Where," "Hotwalker," "The Rose of Roscrae," The Roscrae book, the "promo disc"....all 5 cds plus book...own the entire trilogy! Or gift it...
Read These Recent Full Reviews that get deep into The Rose record:
No Depression:here’s the link http://nodepression.com/article/tom-russell%E2%80%99s-triptych-attains-fruition-rose-roscrae
Mike Regenstreif, Folk Roots: http://frfb.blogspot.com
Irish Post Five Stars and The Rose of Roscrae Performance Film:
*******And The Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Head******Tom Russell paiintings of Lead Belly, Eliza Gilkyson, Dave Van Ronk, Bob Dylan, Blind Willie McTell, Furry Lewis, Skip James and others...see at: http://www.yarddog.com/collections/tom-russell-the-bees-made-honey
********33 American Tour Dates Starting this month! Ticket info: http://www.tomrussell.com/
April 29,30- Boston/Cambridge - Club Passim
May 1 - New York City - Midtown Live!
May 2 - Washington DC/Vienna Va. - The Jammin Java
May 3 - Pittsburgh - Calliope Folk Club
May 5,6- Columbus, Ohio.....2 Shows! Natalie's Pizza!
May 7 - Ann Arbor, Mi. - The Ark
May 8 - Chicago - Fitzgerald's
May 9 - St. Louis - Off Broadway
May 10 - Kansas City - Kunckleheads
May 12 - Oklahoma City - The Blue Door
May 13 - Fort Worth - The McDavid Studio
May 14 - Houston - The Mucky Duck
May 15 - Austin - The Cactus Cafe
May 16 - Midland, Tx. Check tomrussell.com
May 17 - El Paso!!!! Tricky Falls - seated show....
June 9 - Denver - The Soiled Dove
June 10 - Phoenix - The Rythm Room
June 11 - Tucson - The Congress Hotel
June 12 - San Diego, Ca. - AMSD Concerts
June 13 - L.A./Santa Monica - McCabes
June 14 - Buelton/Santa Ynez - Standing Sun Winery
June 16 - San Luis Obispo, Ca. - The Fremont Theater - KPIG concert
June 17 - Felton, Ca. - Don Quixote
June 18 - Berkeley, Ca. - The Freight and Salvage
June 19 - Sutter Creek, Ca. - Sutter Creek Theatre
June 20,21 - Reno - The Great Basin Brewery
June 23 - Portland - The Alberta Rose Theater
June 24 - Seattle - The Tractor Tavern
June 25 - Bellingham, Wa. - The Green Frog
June 26,27 -Vancouver, B.C. - The Rogue Folk Club - 2 nights!
All venue and ticket info: www.tomrussell.com Book early!
UK and Ireland Dates Now up: www.tomrussell.com
September/October: *****Dublin, Belfast, Port Stewart, Brighton, London, Bury, Farncombe (2 days), Oxford, Glasgow, Nottingham, Pocklington, Leeds.
TICKETS NOW ON SALE! http://www.tomrussell.com/
*********TOM RUSSELL ART Click on these links...
The Bishop Gallery - Scottsdale Arizona - phone 480 949 9062
Tom Russell Tee Shirts: http://www.cypresscowboy.com/TomRussell.html
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