Singer-songwriter, painter, and essayist Tom Russell has released 35 highly-acclaimed albums and published six books, including a book on his art, a book of his songs, and a five-star rated book of essays, Ceremonies of the Horsemen. Russell was awarded the 2015 ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for excellence in music journalism, and his paintings reside in several major American museums and are represented through six world galleries.Russell’s latest recording of original compositions, October in the Railroad Earth, was released March15, 2019, on Frontera Records in North America and CD/LP on Proper Records everywhere else.
Russell 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 Texmanicas appear on “Isador Gonzalez” about a Me x ic a n cowboy who died in England during a perormance 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.”
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.
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