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Tom Russell|The Long Way Around

The Long Way Around

Tom Russell

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Tom Russell has been releasing terrific records without pause since the mid-'70s, and this acoustic, mostly live retrospective package may be the best of the bunch. In fact, after listening to its 17 tracks -- which include duets with Nanci Griffith, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and others -- the only remaining question about Russell is: Why isn't this guy very, very famous? Sure, you can hear lots of influences here -- everyone from Merle Haggard and Buck Owens to Ian Tyson (a sometime collaborator) and Bob Dylan. But the end product is an artist with an instantly recognizable, personal sound. It's a little bit country, a little bit folk, a little bit rock, with lots of great picking, lilting melodies, and consistently first-rate lyrics that sound like the result of experience and conviction, not the desire to impress or score hits -- but he sure does impress. There isn't a clunker in the bunch, but if forced to pick highlights, one might list "Beyond the Blues," a duet with Gilmore; "U.S. Steel," with guitar and vocal reminiscent of early Johnny Cash; "Walkin' on the Moon," which Russell wrote and performs with Katy Moffat; and "Gallo del Cielo," an exuberant south-of the-border excursion.
© Jeff Burger /TiVo

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1
St. Olav's Gate
00:03:10

NANCI GRIFFITH, FeaturedArtist - Tom Russell, Producer, Recording Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2014 Craft Recordings.

2
Outbound Plane
00:02:48

NANCI GRIFFITH, FeaturedArtist, ComposerLyricist - Tom Russell, Producer, Recording Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2014 Craft Recordings.

3
Big Water
00:03:55

Iris DeMent, FeaturedArtist - Tom Russell, Producer, Recording Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2014 Craft Recordings.

4
Beyond the Blues
00:03:51

Bob Neuwirth, ComposerLyricist - Peter Case, ComposerLyricist - Jimmie Dale Gilmore, FeaturedArtist - Tom Russell, Producer, Recording Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2014 Craft Recordings.

5
Spanish Burgundy
00:03:04

Tom Russell, Producer, Recording Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2014 Craft Recordings.

6
U.S. Steel
00:04:05

Tom Russell, Producer, Recording Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2014 Craft Recordings.

7
Walkin' On the Moon
00:03:48

Tom Russell, Producer, Recording Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Katy Moffatt, FeaturedArtist

℗ 2014 Craft Recordings.

8
The Angel of Lyon
00:06:00

Tom Russell, Producer, Recording Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2014 Craft Recordings.

9
Veteran's Day
00:03:40

Tom Russell, Producer, Recording Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2014 Craft Recordings.

10
The Eyes Of Roberto Duran
00:02:33

Tom Russell, Producer, Recording Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2014 Craft Recordings.

11
Blue Wing
00:04:07

Dave Alvin, FeaturedArtist - Tom Russell, Producer, Recording Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2014 Craft Recordings.

12
Haley's Comet
00:03:41

Dave Alvin, FeaturedArtist, ComposerLyricist - Tom Russell, Producer, Recording Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Katy Moffatt, FeaturedArtist

℗ 2014 Craft Recordings.

13
Manzanar
00:05:07

Tom Russell, Producer, Recording Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Katy Moffatt, FeaturedArtist

℗ 2014 Craft Recordings.

14
Mineral Wells
00:04:09

Tom Russell, Producer, Recording Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Katy Moffatt, FeaturedArtist

℗ 2014 Craft Recordings.

15
Gallo del Cielo
00:06:27

Tom Russell, Producer, Recording Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Katy Moffatt, FeaturedArtist

℗ 2014 Craft Recordings.

16
The Road to Bayamon
00:03:35

Tom Russell, Producer, Recording Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Katy Moffatt, FeaturedArtist

℗ 2014 Craft Recordings.

17
Box of Visions
00:03:10

Iris DeMent, FeaturedArtist - Tom Russell, Producer, Recording Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2014 Craft Recordings.

Album Description

Tom Russell has been releasing terrific records without pause since the mid-'70s, and this acoustic, mostly live retrospective package may be the best of the bunch. In fact, after listening to its 17 tracks -- which include duets with Nanci Griffith, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and others -- the only remaining question about Russell is: Why isn't this guy very, very famous? Sure, you can hear lots of influences here -- everyone from Merle Haggard and Buck Owens to Ian Tyson (a sometime collaborator) and Bob Dylan. But the end product is an artist with an instantly recognizable, personal sound. It's a little bit country, a little bit folk, a little bit rock, with lots of great picking, lilting melodies, and consistently first-rate lyrics that sound like the result of experience and conviction, not the desire to impress or score hits -- but he sure does impress. There isn't a clunker in the bunch, but if forced to pick highlights, one might list "Beyond the Blues," a duet with Gilmore; "U.S. Steel," with guitar and vocal reminiscent of early Johnny Cash; "Walkin' on the Moon," which Russell wrote and performs with Katy Moffat; and "Gallo del Cielo," an exuberant south-of the-border excursion.
© Jeff Burger /TiVo

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