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Event Archive - One of hte most influential songwriters of our time: Tom Russell

Sun. March 8th 2009 Hermann's Jazz Club (All Ages)
8pm - 10:30pm doors at 6:30pm
$25.00 Advance / $28 Door
Tom Russell
Sunday, March 8, 2008
Hermann's Jazz Club, 753 View St., Victoria
Doors 7:30pm - Showtime 8pm
Tickets: $25.00 Advance / $28 Door
Available at: Lyle's Place 770 Yates St. and online at

Tom Russell website:

Tom Russell History:

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 years.'

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, befor 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'. Awards

Woody Guthrie Song Contest: William Oliver award:
First Prize- Earl Robinson (I Dreamed I Saw Joe Hill) presents.

American Song Festival Professional Country:
First Place

CMA Canadian Song of the Year, Single of the Year: 'Navajo Rug' - co-written and sung by Ian Tyseon.

ASCAP: Most Performed Country Song: 'Outbound Plane'

Folk Alliance Song of the Year: 'Who´s Gonna Build Your Wall?'


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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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