Singer songwriter, painter, essayist – Tom Russell has recorded thirty five highly acclaimed records, & published five books – including a book on his art and a book of his songs. Tom Russell songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Doug Sahm, Nanci Griffith, K.D. Lang, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Ian Tyson, Iris Dement, Joe Ely, and a hundred others. Tom Russell graduated from The University of California with a Master’s Degree in Criminology. He was recently awarded the 2015 ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for excellence in music journalism & has appeared on Late Night with David Letterman TV show five times.
Tom Russell’s new recording of original songs, “Folk Hotel,” was released worldwide August 25. The new record features 13 new Tom Russell originals and a bonus track of Bob Dylan’s “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues,” a duet with Joe Ely, featuring Joel Guzman on Tex-Mex accordion. Augie Meyers and Eliza Gilkyson also make guest appearances on the album. The album was recorded at Congress House studio in Austin, Texas. There are songs and stories about: the Chelsea Hotel in New York City, Tom’s journey from El Paso to Santa Fe, Ian Tyson refusing to “leave his old horses,” a song for Dylan Thomas that melts into a Joycean landscape about a day in the life of Belfast, Ireland, Tom’s meeting J.F.K., and even a song using only 16th century slang! Tom considers it his best record to date both from a songwriting and performance standpoint.
Earlier this year, True North Records released Tom’s tribute to Ian and Sylvia – “Play One More – The Songs of Ian and Sylvia,” including two Tom Russell co-writes, one each with both Ian and Sylvia, plus forgotten classics of folk music and two rare Ian and Sylvia demos. “Play One More – The Songs of Ian and Sylvia,” was the #1 played Folk DJ record in the world in June 2017.
It’s a good shot that Tom will have two #1 Folk DJ records within a few months of each other in Fall 2017.
Recent reviews of “Folk Hotel” include:
Mythical America explored by brilliant Americana songwriter…Russell is a riveting storyteller.
Peter Watts, UNCUT, Oct. 2017
Tom Russell’s ‘Folk Hotel’ keeps it simple, beautiful — and Hank Williams pays a visit. – Chicago Tribune, 9/6/17, Steve Knopper,
As ruggedly romantic as ever…Russell is a treasure. – Colin Irwin, Mojo, Oct. 2017
Folk Hotel continues to distinguish what makes Russell a master songwriter…fascinating details, quirky characters, and sophisticated narrative structure. – The Austin Chronicle, 9/15/17