|Tom Russell's new record of originals, "Folk Hotel," was released Sept 8, 2017. This followed the release in May 2017 of his Ian and Sylvia Tribute "Play One More - The Songs of Ian and Sylvia," which was the #1 played Folk DJ record in the world in June 2017. 137 stations reported.
"Folk Hotel" includes 13 new Tom Russell originals and a duet of Bob Dylan's "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues" with Joe Ely. Augie Meyers, Eliza Gilkyson, Redd Volkaert, and Joel Guzman also appear on the record. It's a good shot that Tom will have two #1 Folk DJ records within a few months of each other in Fall 2017.
Recent reviews include:
Mythical America explored by brilliant Americana songwriter...Russell is a riveting storyteller.
Peter Watts, UNCUT, Oct. 2017
Tom Russell's 'Folk Hotel' keeps it simple, beautiful — and Hank Williams pays a visit...
Chicago Tribune, 9/6/17, Steve Knopper,
As ruggedly romantic as ever...Russell is a treasure.
Colin Irwin, Mojo, Oct. 2017
Folk Hotel continues to distinguish what makes Russell a master songwriter...fascinating details, quirky characters, and sophisticated narrative structure.
The Austin Chronicle, 9/15/17
Singer songwriter, painter, essayist - Tom Russell has recorded thirty five highly acclaimed records, & published five books - including a book on his art and a book of his songs. Tom Russell 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. Tom Russell graduated from The University of California with a Master's Degree in Criminology. He was recently awarded the 2015 ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for excellence in music journalism & has appeared on Late Night with David Letterman TV show five times.