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Tom Russell (born in Los Angeles in either 1947 or 1948) is an American from California, currently living in El Paso, Texas. His music incorporates elements of , traditional & , and music of the American West. Russell’s songs have been recorded by artists such as Johnny Cash, Ian Tyson, Nanci Griffith, Dave Alvin and others. In addition to his music, he is also an artist and published author.

In the 1980s Russell made four albums credited to the Tom Russell Band. These featured Andrew Hardin and accordionist Fats Kaplin.

In the 1990s Russell made a number of solo albums, collaborated with blues singer Barrence Whitfield on two albums, and also recorded an acoustic album mixing original material with his favorite cowboy-themed songs. His albums include several guest appearances from other folk, country, and Americana artists, such as Chris Gaffney and Dave Alvin. His song “Outbound Plane”, co-written with Nanci Griffith, became a Top Ten country hit for Suzy Bogguss. His most significant album from this period is the 1999 folk opera, The Man From God Knows Where.

His more recent albums include “Blood and Candle Smoke” (2009) and “Mesabi” (2011).

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  • ladycaroledowns

    Don't think he is !

    3 May 2012 Reply
  • jembf

    He's not well known - strange !

    2 May 2012 Reply
  • ladycaroledowns

    Never heard of him :-/

    2 May 2012 Reply
  • ladycaroledowns

    Awesome :-D

    2 May 2012 Reply
  • jembf

    Absolutely awesome - love it :-))))

    2 May 2012 Reply
  • ShowtimeBrazil

    Insanely good taste for musicality/song writing/cover awesomeness ! Why didn't i found you before Tom?

    8 Jan 2012 Reply
  • clonn

    Jai Alai + Tijuana + Basque + Gipsy + Flamenco lol

    24 Oct 2011 Reply
  • John_Columbine

    Another stellar album. Early favorites include "Goodnight Juarez", "After the Legends Die", "Heart within a Heart", and "Love Abides".

    8 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Leuchtenburg1

    ♥♥♥

    13 Nov 2010 Reply
  • BoothamNorway

    Snart Trondheim, snart.

    6 Jan 2010 Reply
  • oldngimpy

    I can listen to Tom Russell for hours, one CD after another. "Rayburn Crane" might be my favorite of his songs, but it's a close competition with the "White Trash Song" or "Blue Wing". EVERY thing he does is good!

    29 Sep 2009 Reply
  • jjackson13

    Such an amazing songwriter.

    31 May 2009 Reply
  • Neonroad

    My favorite album is The Rose of the San Joaquin. I saw Tom Russell in Denton, TX. He did "The Sky Above, The Mud Below" and brought the house down.

    3 May 2009 Reply
  • loureader

    Listening to it now (The Man From God Knows Where). The plan was to play it as I worked on a paper for school, but I find myself just listening. Very good album as mentioned here below...

    15 Apr 2009 Reply
  • MediaMonky

    The Man From God Knows Where. One of my top album ever. But you need to listen to the entire album. Very clever done. A strong emotional and inteligent made story.

    1 Apr 2009 Reply
  • revdrron

    Take the bitter with the sweet!

    11 Mar 2009 Reply
  • Leuchtenburg1

    klasse!!!

    4 Mar 2009 Reply
  • asphaltcigar

    The Man From God Knows Where is on my top 5 albums of all time.

    24 May 2008 Reply
  • xnonviolentx

    Easily one of the top ten songwriters of all time. Right up there with Townes and Willie.

    28 Apr 2008 Reply
  • awol110

    indians cowboys horses dogs is still one of my favourite albums

    10 Mar 2008 Reply
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