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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 (August 21, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • ASIN: B000TSJTVE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #233,811 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Veteran's Day - Johnny Cash
2. Blue Wing - Dave Alvin
3. Gallo Del Cielo - Joe Ely
4. Acres Of Corn - Iris DeMent
5. The Outcastle - Dave Van Ronk
6. Manzanar - Laurie Lewis
7. St. Olva's Gate - Doug Sahm
8. Outbound Plane - Suzy Bogguss
9. Canadian Whiskey - Nanci Griffith
10. Navajo Rug - Jerry Jeff Walker
11. The Sky Above And the Mud Below - Ramblin' Jack Elliott
12. Haley's Comet - The Texas Tornados
13. Stealing Electricity - Lawrence Ferlighetti
14. Walking On the Moon - Eliza Gilkyson
15. The Cuban Sandwich - Tom Russell
16. Who's Gonna Build Your Wall - Tom Russell
17. Home Before Dark - Tom Russell
18. The Death Of Jimmy Martin - Tom Russell

Editorial Reviews

A compelling walk through the song library of one of America's greatest songwriters. The world's best singers have paid their respects to Tom Russell over the years, a strong cross section is included here. From Johnny Cash's amazing take on Veteran's Day, to Suzy ogguss' hit version of Outbound Plane, from Dave Alvin's growling Blue Wing, to beat poet legend Lawrence Ferlinghetti's absolute cool reading of Stealing Electricity, and Doug Sahm's St. Olav's Gate, Tom's genius shines through. Bonus tracks include own recordings of Who's Gonna Build You Wall, The Death of Jimmy Martin, the rocking Home Before Dark, and a great rave up version of Cuban Sandwich with Barrence Whitfield on vocals and Amos Garrett on guitar. For long time fans, or a great primer for someone just being introduced to him, Wounded Heart of America is a must have.

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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By juliarb08 on August 21, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I just heard Tom play cut #16 "Who's Gonna Build Your Wall" on Letterman tonight and as usual he was poignant and right on. I am about to order this CD to add to all our others. He is truly an American original and if you haven't heard him yet do yourself a favor and treat yourself. I doubt if he's ever worried about being P.C when it comes to his belief system and from what I heard tonight I think that still holds true thank goodness .
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By C. Korbel on September 21, 2007
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I have played "Wounded Heart of America" over and over again. Some of the cuts are pure pleasure to my ear and sensitivities, some are very insightful, some are a little humerous but the name is well chosen in that all address some aspect of "wounded" America. My favorite cut is "Walking on the Moon," a ballad that distills the ineffably exhilarating sweetness of falling in love into a song. "Navajo Rug" and "Cuban Sandwich" will put a smile on your face. "Veterans Day" should be mandatory listening for the families of Vietnam-era vets. "Gallo del Cielo" recounts the inevitable outcome of gambling but I don't like the cock-fighting aspect of the song. "Sky Above and Mud Below" is also quite raw and shocking to my sensibilities. "St. Olav's Gate" is great; "Acres of Corn" will be appreciated by any midwestern farm kid. I bought the CD because I heard Tom Russell sing "Who's Gonna Build Your Wall?" on David Letterman a couple weeks ago; it should be mandatory listening for anyone who thinks they've got a simple answer to the illegal immigration situation. Pair that with "Manzanar" and you'll have a perspective on immigration that should inform the current national debate. The orchestration is also fabulous. The variety from the Asian-influenced "Manzanar", the Zydeco Accordian on "Who's Gonna build Your Wall?" the spare guitar on "Walking on the Moon" to the Mexican sound of "Gallo del Cielo" provides very enjoyable listening apart from the poetry of the lyrics. I love this CD and highly recommend it. I only gave it four stars because it's not quite up to "Graceland" or "Glass Houses" but it is more than well worth the purchase price.
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These are some of Tom Russell's best songs and, in fact, some of the best songs ever. What a talent. Having Lawrence Ferlinghetti reading one of them was an added plus. I have nearly worn this one out playing it again and again. If you don't believe me, listen to "Veteran's Day" sung by Johnny Cash. There isn't one dud in the bunch!
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