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Award winning Tex-Mex singer-songwriter: Tom Russell

Sun. March 8th 2009 8pm - 11:00pm doors at 6:30pm Ambrosia Event Centre (All Ages) 8pm - 11:00pm doors at 6:30pm
$25 Advance / $28 Door
Tickets at: Lyles Place, Ditch Records 635 Johnson St., High Tide Entertainment
Tom Russell website:

Tom Russell has recorded 25 records and one DVD. His songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash,
Doug Sahm, Nancy Griffith, Joe Ely, Iris Dement, Ian Tyson, KD Lang, Suzy Bogguss, Ramblin´ Jack
Elliott, Jeff Walker, Dave Van Ronk and other great artists.

Russell credited, along with Dave Alvin, of inventing the Americana radio format with their Merle
Haggard tribute 'Tulare Dust' in 1994. The Columbus Other wrote: 'Russell seems to have invented,
and keeps re-inventing, American roots music...! He´s the strongest live performer we have seen in

Tom Russell has appeared on the David Letterman TV show four times in the last few years, and his
songs have appeared in a dozen movies and television series including: Tremors, Songcatcher and
Northern Exposure.

Russell was born in Los Angeles in 1953 and now makes his home on a 2.68 ''badland farm'' on the
border of El Paso-Juarez. He graduated from the University of California with a Master´s Degree in
Criminology and taught school in Nigeria during the Biafran war, before re-locating to Vancouver to
begin his musical career singing Hank Williams´ songs in skid row bars.

Tom Russell has published three books: a detective novel (in Scandinavia), a compendium of
songwriting quotes with Sylvia Tyson (And Then I Wrote - Arsenal Press), and a book of letters with
Charles Bukowski: (Tough Company: Mystery Island Press).

Russell is also an established painter represented by Yard Dog Folk Art in Austin and Marfa.

In 2007 Hightone Record released 'Wounded Heart of America', a collection of artists who have
recorded Tom Russell songs - from Johnny Cash to Eliza Gilkyson. The record also includes Russell´s
version of his 'Who´s Gonna Build Your Wall?' which won the 2008 Folk Alliance 'Song of the Year'.

Tom Russell

“Tom Russell is an original, a brilliant songwriter with a restless curiosity and an almost violent imagination.” —Annie Prouxl, Pulitzer Prize winning author: The Shipping News and “Brokeback Mountain” In March 2005 Tom Russell released Hotwalker on Hightone Records. This “beat montage” on American culture featured the voices o... more info
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