Tom Russell: Journeyman singer, songwriter, and ex-rancher known for chronicling the life of blue-collar America.
“His latest album was almost certainly the best Americana album of the year and the lyrics are some of the very best of the last decade. Tom Russell is one of the key songwriters of the last twenty years or so. He must now be included on any list of great songwriters which would also include important people like Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan and Hank Williams”
Country Music People, 2017
Tom Russell is an award-winning American songwriter, painter, storyteller, journalist, and author possessed of a keen eye and a robust, grainy baritone voice. Having released more than three dozen albums on a variety of labels, he's regarded by peers and fans alike as part of an American cultural and literary lineage that extends from the golden era of cowboy and folk traditions to the romantic yet hard-bitten Americana of Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan and Townes Van Zandt.
Elton John’s songwriting partner, Bernie Taupin, says Tom Russell’s 2019 album, October in the Railroad Earth, was "the best record of 2019". Though he's been putting out records since 1976, we think this latest is one of his strongest ever.
His 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. He was awarded the 2015 ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for excellence in music journalism & has appeared on Late Night with David Letterman TV show five times.
"How great is Tom Russell? Isn't he the best? I'd like to quit my job and travel with him...if the money can be worked out..."
“Mythical America explored by brilliant Americana songwriter. Russell is a riveting storyteller”
"An outstanding record from an exceptional songwriter... It takes some sand to put out an album that shoots for 'Jack Kerouac meets Johnny Cash in Bakersfield''”
"Celebrated singer-songwriter, artist and author on reassuringly vivid form. Russell has made a career from surveying the mythic aspects of America"