On Friday Aug 29th Tom Russell was in concert at the World Cafe in Philadelphia. He is a singer-songwriter from Texas who writes topical songs that are quasi-political. Yesterday (Sunday Sept 7) he was on NPR’s Weekend Edition talking about the impetus behind the song “Whose gonna build your wall?” which was the first song of his that I heard over a year ago (?). I was impressed enough to purchase the EP which lead me to hear some of his other songs and and I finally attended his concert.
Naturally as I am very selective about who I go to see, the concert was excellent. One exciting moment was when feedback from the microphone somehow caused his guitar to bust a string or two. He did, thankfully, sing Whose Gonna Build Your Wall as I would not have forgiven him otherwise, but otherwise he said his show was mostly new songs, which were great. He has an anthology coming out in Oct so I intend to buy that to catch up with my Tom Russell history. Unsurprisingly, he seems to have performed or co-written songs with every one – that is the folk music world is small.
Michael Martin accompanied Tom Russell on lead guitar, mandolin and high harmonies. He was an amazing performer increasing my mandolin desires exponentially. I want a mandolin NOW! I am surprised that I did not phone up a music store and buy a mandolin the next day. Probably doing my accounts before I made the call was a good move.
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