Monday, June 22, 2015

Fwd: An Evening with Tom Russell JUN 23 at the Alberta Rose Theatre

There's something about Texas. I don't know what exactly, but it's where so many truly amazing songwriters, if they weren't born there, have been inexorably drawn to. I won't even try to name all of the writers with deep Texas connections that I admire for fear of leaving someone out ... but the list is very long. 

Two of the best come through town this week ... Tom Russell and Eric Taylor. Tom (along with the incomparable Thad Beckman on guitar) is at the Alberta Rose ...  Eric in an intimate house concert on Friday.

Catch at least one of them ... or both. I'll see ya there ... and there.



An Evening with Tom Russell JUN 23 at the Alberta Rose Theatre
Tickets at 503-764-4131

Jun 23, 2015 at 8:00 PM
Minors OK when accompanied by a parent or guardian
Doors open at 7:00

$25 Advance
$28 At the Door
$35 Preferred Seating (first five rows in the center section - available in advance only)

The singer-songwriter, novelist, visual artist and renaissance man returns with a new double album - his third folk opera, "The Rose of Roscrae." It's a big record with 52 tracks and over 25 special guests including Johnny Cash, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Jack Hardy and many, many more.

For over four decades and 28 album releases Tom Russell has continued to live up to his status as "one of the best singer-songwriters of our time" (Washington Post). His previous two studio releases, Blood and Candle Smoke (2009) and Mesabi (2011), are considered his strongest composed works yet and were, in part, recorded with the groundbreaking roots band Calexico. In the 1990s, Russell and Dave Alvin were hailed as the architects of what came to be known as "Americana" music after their Merle Haggard tribute, Tulare Dust, initiated the Americana charts in the U.S. and remained number one for a year. Russell's previous release, Aztec Jazz (2013), moved Americana into a new realm and his acclaimed song catalog into uncharted territory. 

Tom Russell's songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Doug Sahm, Nanci Griffith, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Dave Alvin, Joe Ely, and others. The Rose of Roscrae is his third in a series of acclaimed folk operas, follows The Man From God Knows Where (1999) and Hotwalker (2005). Russell has also composed movie scores, including songs for the Monte Hellman movie The Road To Nowhere. and published five books, most recently 120 Songs of Tom Russell. An accomplished fine artist, Russell's paintings are featured in: Blue Horse/Red Desert: The Art of Tom Russell.

Tom Russell's anticipated double-album folk opera, The Rose of Roscrae, features a who's who of legendary Americana icons including: Jimmie Dale Gilmore, David Olney, Johnny Cash, Joe Ely, Augie Meyers, Fats Kaplin, Barry Walsh, Jimmy LaFave, Gretchen Peters, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Walt Whitman, Moses "Clear Rock" Platt, Jack Hardy, David Massengill, A.L. "Bert" Lloyd, Finbar Furey, Sourdough Slim, Blackie Farrell, Tex Ritter, Glen Orhlin, Pat Russell, John Trudell, Henry Real Bird, Thad Beckman, Maura O'Connell, Eliza Gilkyson, the McCrary Sisters, Ian Tyson, Bonnie Dobson, Lead Belly, Guy Clark, Dan Penn, Gurf Morlix, and Pat Manske. more >>>

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