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It would be easy for Tom Russell to coast on reputation alone. With a career stretching back nearly four decades, and a catalog of more than 20 albums, the consummate storyteller has amassed a devoted following that cherishes his vivid, novelistic tales evoking the spirit of the American experience in tightly constructed, panoramic vignettes. Among his most ardent fans are fellow artists: ... Read more in Amazon's Tom Russell Store

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  • Audio CD (February 24, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • ASIN: B0001DMWWK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,579 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Tonight We Ride
2. Seven Curses
3. El Paso
4. All This Way For The Short Ride
5. Bucking Horse Moon
6. Lily, Rosemary, And The Jack Of Hearts
7. No Telling
8. Bacon Rind, Chief Seattle, The Ballad Of Ira Hayes
9. Old Blue
10. East Texas Red
11. The Ballad Of Edward Abbey
12. Little Blue Horse

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Tom Russell returns to the Old West with a renewed vision, as this collection of inspired originals and choice covers attests. The album's centerpiece features Eliza Gilkyson and Joe Ely trading verses with Russell on Bob Dylan's epic "Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts," while another Dylan tune, the little-heard "Seven Curses," proves a highlight as well. Russell's reading of "El Paso" refreshes the classic by refusing to mimic Marty Robbins's original, while a pair of Russell's spoken-word vignettes provide preamble to "The Ballad of Ira Hayes." While the songbooks of Woody Guthrie and Linda Thompson also inspire evocative interpretations, Russell's own songs hold their own in such distinguished company. He applies his literary sensibility to a Western legacy that extends from bounty hunters to rodeo bull riders, while his "Ballad of Edward Abbey," a tribute to the naturalist, serves as an environmental broadside on how the new West has raped the old. --Don McLeese

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He is one of the best singer songwriters living today.
GHMidland
This was the first Tom Russell CD I ever purchased...originally, I bought it for the Edward Abbey song...in the end, I loved listening to it all...over and over!
Birdman
In that same vein here, "Tonight We Ride" and "All This Way For A Short Ride" stick out.
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Jerome Clark on March 27, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Tom Russell's new album is to other Western music what the HBO series Deadwood is to other Western movies: pretty much the antithesis. If Larry McMurtry were a folk singer, this is what he might sound like.
Russell's is not a golden-hued West but a dark, treacherous place full of characters whose self-destructive impulses often overwhelm whatever heroic ones they may possess. His daring reimagining of the Marty Robbins classic "El Paso" is a case in point. His version banishes all the romance of the original, focuses on the young cowboy's pain, and causes us to shake our heads at his suicidal stupidity. More, in other words, as the Old West was really like, a frontier as much psychic as geographic, populated in good part by men and women temperamentally unsuited to live amid civilized order.
Not that the romantic West is entirely absent. "Bucking Horse Moon" could easily be an Ian Tyson song, not the first of Russell's compositions of which that can be said (in any event, Russell and Tyson are occasional collaborators). That's okay. Tyson is as good as they come, and a new Tyson song, even if Tyson didn't happen to write it, is always welcome. More surprising is the stunning version of the mysterious Dylan Western "Lily, Rosemary, and the Jack of Hearts," which Russell performs in high theatrical fashion in collaboration with Eliza Gilkyson and Joe Ely. Improbably, Russell translates Linda Thompson's fairytale "No Telling" into a hardbitten Western ballad. There is not a single weak cut here. I could not possibly find anything serious to complain about in a singer smart enough to revive the greatest of all dog folk songs, "Old Blue," and then to do it with such good humor and inventiveness.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By T. Bratz on October 13, 2004
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I had never heard of Tom Russell until about a month ago when he was on David Letterman. He sang "Tonight We Ride," on the show and I ordered the cd a day or two later. This disc is exactly what the title says, a collection of songs about cowboys, indians, horses and dogs.

It includes cover versions of some classic Dylan songs and new songs, and has playing in my car quite a bit. I'm not a big country fan, but to me this is not really country music, but a mixture of country, rock and even some folk.

I bought the disc based on one song I heard and was not at all disappointed. The song I had heard was the best song on the disc, but there are some other great songs on here, and not a bad song in the group. I will be adding more of his discs to my collection.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Green on August 13, 2004
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...a little bit Lee Hazelwood. I bought this album blind, on a recommendation (probably because I've been on an alt.country buying binge lately), but it's rarely been out of my CD player since. Tom Russell is as much a storyteller as a country musician. It's like the soundtrack of a great 60s western movie that never was.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 26, 2004
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It ain't just cowboy music here. It's a wide ranging excursion from heartfelt love songs to timeless ballads. Great covers of Dylan and others, such as Peter LaFarge's Ballad of Ira Hayes. Russell is in full voice and Andrew Hardin's guitar playing is superb.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. Kennedy on March 10, 2005
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Someone once said that if you bought every miles davis album, and the albums by everyone who ever played on one, you'd have an ultimate jazz collection. Tom Russell is like that. If you bought every album that had a Tom Russell song on it, or the albums of everyone who ever played with Tom on one of his, you would have a collection that would include the top of the rock/country/folk/folk-rock charts for twenty or more years.

Now Tom does the favor (again) to others' music, using a bunch of artists who are equally unsung legends. There are a number of people out there who are becoming consummate collectors and interpreters of the American Music Idiom; Ry Cooder, Dave Alvin, Ian Tyson, and Tom Russell. On this Album, Tom and his stellar backers take some familar and some rare songs and do 'em up right in the Western way.

worth the purchase.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Freudian Slips VINE VOICE on May 30, 2006
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If you want to learn about Texas music just buy this disc. Tom's love of life and artist's eye infect every song.

The opening number "Tonight We Ride" is hard to beat. He sang it on David Letterman's show (Paul Shaffer played the accordian!). Letterman described it as a "song that will make you want to saddle up a horse, ride up to Connecticut and rob a liquor store." Me, I just went out and bought some good Reposado Gold. Letterman's got a point, though- the songs on this disc will move you one way or the other.

My other favorites are Bucking Horse Moon, and All This Way for a Short Ride. Tom Russell is true American artist like Woody Guthrie or Pete Seeger, and this is one of his best.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Kyle TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 8, 2007
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"Tonight we Ride" is the kind of riveting ballad that should go down in the annals of Western music with "El Paso", which just received its definitive cover on this CD.

And Russell doesn't let up all the way through the CD. Accompaniment is sparse, mostly guitar with an occasional fiddle.

"Lily, Rosemary, and the Jack of Hearts" covers Dylan one better with Eliza Gilkyson and Joe Ely along for the ride to tell the story from the point of view of the various characters.

"The Ballad of Edward Abbey" is probably my favorite. Russell memorializes the kind of man who preserves what Westerners love most, the land, the animals the freedom to be what they want to be:

Ed walked across the desert at least a thousand times
He spoke with javalinas
And if he saw a billboard he chopped that b@st@rd down
If a man can't p#ss in his own front yard, he's living too close to town...

And that's the spirit of this CD that musically preserves the spirit of the West. I can't say this is the best Tom Russell CD--I like "Man From nowhere" very much too.
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