About Tom Russell
Tom Russell's songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Doug Sahm, Nanci Griffith, K.D. Lang, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Dave Alvin, Iris Dement, Dave Van Ronk, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Tom Paxton, Ian Tyson, Iris Dement, Joe Ely, and a hundred others.
Russell graduated from The University of California with a Master's Degree in Criminology and taught Sociology in Nigeria during The Biafran War.
He was awarded the 2015 ASCAP Deems Taylor Awardfor excellence in music journalism, and his new book of essays: Ceremonies of the Horsemen has received all five star reviews on Amazon.
He appeared on the television show: Late Night with David Letterman, five times, where he debuted his controversial song: "Who's Gonna Build Your Wall?" which has now gone viral.
Letterman remarked: 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...
In 2017 Russell released two records: Folk Hotel, with twelve new original songs, on Frontera Records and Proper Records. He also released the Ian and Sylvia tribute: Play One More, on True North Records, distributed by Proper Records in Europe. Both records received worldwide acclaim.
In 2018 Russell appears on the three record Roots and Branches CD put out by Appleseed Records - Russell appears alongside a new track by Bruce Springsteen, as well as tracks from Pete Seegar, Joan Baez, Donovan, Tom Morello, Jesse Winchester, Jackson Browne, and Bonnie Raitt.
In March 2019 Russell will release October in the Railroad Earth, on Frontera Records in North America and Proper Records for the rest of the world. Russell describes the songs and sound as: Jack Kerouac meets Johnny Cash...in Bakersfield.There are ten new original Tom Russell songs, including the title song from the Irish film Small Engine Repair.
Bill Kirchen is featured on lead electric guitar, Eliza Gilkyson sings backup, and the Grammy Award winning Texmaniacs appear on a track about a Mexican cowboy who died in England during Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show.