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Tom Rush is a gifted musician and performer, whose shows offer a musical celebration, a journey into the tradition and spectrum of what music has been, can be, and will become. His distinctive guitar style, wry humor and warm, expressive voice have made him both a legend and a lure to audiences around the world. His shows are filled with the rib-aching laughter of terrific story-telling, the sweet melancholy of ballads and the passion of gritty blues.

Rush’s impact on the American music scene has been profound. He helped shape the folk revival in the ’60s and the renaissance of the ’80s and ’90s, his music having left its stamp on generations of artists. James Taylor told Rolling Stone, “Tom was not only one of my early heroes, but also one of my main influences.” Country music star Garth Brooks has credited Rush with being one of his top five musical influences. Rush has long championed emerging artists. His early recordings introduced the world to the work of Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne and James Taylor, and in more recent years his Club 47 concerts have brought artists such as Nanci Griffith and Shawn Colvin to wider audiences when they were just beginning to build their own reputations.

Tom Rush began his musical career in the early ’60s playing the Boston-area clubs while a Harvard student. The Club 47 was the flagship of the coffee house fleet, and he was soon holding down a weekly spot there, learning from the legendary artists who came to play, honing his skills and growing into his talent. He had released two albums by the time he graduated.

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  • ryanschmidt27

    So excited for his return to Symphony Hall at the end of the year, http://kck.st/Ih5pYH

    17 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Austintayeshus

    American icon.

    30 Mar 2012 Reply
  • fearimpaired

    :D this guy's first album was released in '62, that is 7 years earlier than Nick's debut, "Five Leaves Left" :P vvv

    21 Mar 2012 Reply
  • EraserKid

    This guy listened to too much Nick Drake.

    14 Mar 2012 Reply
  • TimothyPMann

    My older brother had a couple of his albums and played them on a long car trip way back when I was in high school. I've been hooked ever since.

    22 Jan 2010 Reply
  • SilviB

    Excellent cover of "These Days!"

    3 Dec 2009 Reply
  • lhodakblerz

    The Circle Game, bought for about one pound in a market in Cardiff over thirty years ago. The Best one pound I ever did spend. The atmosphere of Urge For Going has never been matched by any other song, even, I feel by Joni Mitchell herself.

    17 Nov 2009 Reply
  • deckvoint

    Tom Rush was one of the artists I came to know through last.fm. I have bought both The Circle Game and Tom Rush (1970) and they are superb.

    7 Oct 2009 Reply
  • manonadune

    'The Circle Game' has been at the core of my musical universe since I first heard it over 20 years ago. Words are not adequate to descibe how much I love that album

    3 Aug 2009 Reply
  • JazFunkEuphoric

    Came across him while digging through some of my parents old LP's. Love, Love, Love him! He really rocks it out w/ Drop Down Mama and Wild Child!

    7 Sep 2008 Reply
  • BillStrange

    I've loved this guy for 30 years. His first album is great, but I never see it anywhere anymore.

    9 Aug 2008 Reply
  • The_Wallflower

    Absolutely Yes! this guy is the man.

    21 Nov 2007 Reply
  • f_bardamu

    it felt so strange to walk away alone...

    10 Apr 2007 Reply
  • StevenLeland

    this guy is the man

    20 Jun 2006 Reply