Tom Russell, singer, songwriter, painter & essayist, has recorded 35 highly acclaimed records. He has written or co-written at least four of the Western songs considered the top cowboy songs of all time: "Tonight We Ride," "Navajo Rug," "The Sky Above, the Mud Below," and "Gallo del Cielo.” His songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, K.D. Lang, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Ian Tyson, Wylie Gustafson, Doug Sahm, Nanci Griffith, Iris Dement, Joe Ely, and a hundred others.
Tom’s 2015 "folk opera" on the West, The Rose of Roscrae, was deemed, ”…maybe the most important Americana record of all time…” by UK Folk, the top Folk album of 2105 by Mojo Magazine, and hailed in top ten lists in two dozen publications including The Los Angeles Times. His latest release (May 2016) is The Tom Russell Anthology 2 (Gunpowder Sunsets).
Tom Russell is a whirling dervish of creative energy, curiosity, cowboy poetry and virtuosity. It’s hard to do justice to the work of such an accomplished songwriter who has lyrically painted a portrait of the American West. It’s also near impossible to find an accolade — “masterful” “great” “cinematic” come to mind — for his work that hasn’t been used before. It is wise to listen to Russell’s work if you’re interested in hearing authentic Americana music.
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