Sunday, January 3, 2010

Jan 3, 2010
  As I look back on 2009 I realize what a great year it really was!  It became a summer of folk, as my wife & I caught some wonderful concerts including:  Bob Dylan, Tom Russell, Slaid Cleaves, Joan Baez, Levon Helm, and Leonard Cohen. Tom Russell was a real revilation for me. Introduced to Tom's work by dear friends Craig McDonald & Ken Bruen,  my first listen was to Tom's CD "Hotwalker" and I was hooked from then on. "Hotwalker" is Russell's tribute to a vanishing America. Included are bits with Charles Bukowski, Lenny Bruce, Edward Abbey, Jack Kerouac, Little Jack Horton and Dave Van Ronk. It also includes a wonderful jazz riff entitled "Honky Jazz". After that it was a race to get my hands on all things Russell, & soon I discovered what a tremendous song writer he is. Songs  such as "Who's Gonna Build the Walls", "Stealing Electricity", "Criminology", and "The Sky Above, The Mud Below"  are unforgetable. It wasnt long after my initial introduction to his music that I was lucky enough to catch him live at Fitzgerald's in Chicago. Tom played most of his songs off his soon to be released CD "Blood & Candle Smoke" and put on a show to be remembered.  Tom his wife Nadine were everybit as gracious after the show as you could hope to expect expect. Tom took pictures & signed CD's & took time to chat. A class act!    Note:  If your a folk fan like myself be on the lookout for appearances by Ramblin Jack Elliott in Louisville, Ky. in Feb. & Arlo Guthrie in St. Louis at The Sheldon in March.                                                                                                              

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