For over four decades and 35 highly acclaimed album releases Tom Russell has continued to live up to his status as “one of the best singer-songwriters of our time” (Washington Post). 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 and he has appeared on Late Night with David Letterman TV show five times.
Tom Russell is a singer songwriter, painter, essayist who has published five books and was recently awarded the 2015 ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for excellence in music journalism.
Earlier studio releases, Blood and Candle Smoke (2009) and Mesabi (2011), are considered his strongest composed works yet and were, in part, recorded with the groundbreaking roots band Calexico.
"Tom Russell is Johnny Cash, Jim Harrison and Charles Bukowski rolled into one. I feel a great affinity with Tom Russell's songs, for he is writing out of the wounded heart of America." - Lawrence Ferlinghetti
"The greatest living folk-country songwriter is a man named Tom Russell. He's written songs that capture the essence of America. A trait that can only be matched by the country's greatest novelists" - John Swenson, Rolling Stone