Music Monday: Tom Russell

Tom Russell

Tom Russell

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 on mandolin with Tom Russell

Michael Martin on mandolin with Tom Russell

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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Music Monday: Old School Freight Train

Old School Freight Train

Last month when Lisa and I went to Longwood Gardens we mostly went to see OSFT, one of my favorite folk bands. I had seen them the month before at the Baby Grand, but the concert at Longwood Gardens was much better; not only because I could take photos.

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Mike and Ruthy, Tin Angel, April 5 2008


On Saturday Mike and Ruthy came down, with Will, to open for Jeffery Gaines. They only did about six songs, but what a great six songs. And I got to meet the baby.

I still need to work on taking photos in venues like the Tin Angel where the lighting is poor. Perhaps if I had been using my more powerful camera, it would not have been such a problem. I did accidentally take one with the flash:

Mike and Ruthy

As it was an accident, they have red eyes!

At least the Tin Angel lets me take as many as I want. Here is one of Mikey in the dark:


At least there is only one of him. Some of my other shots were blurry and others showed two or three of images imposed on top of each other.

Of course their show was great. They are coming back to the Philly area in June. Check out their website for details.

Jeff Gaines, who was the main act, was good. He was very funny. I liked his spiel as much as his songs, even so he was an excellent singer. As he was new to me I have to listen to more of his music to appreciate it.