'Angel of Lyon' Tom Russell

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Re: 'Angel of Lyon' Tom Russell

Postby Tony » Tue Nov 21, 2017 3:48 pm

Hello Diane,

I am sure you will enjoy the evening. He also has a brilliant guitarist, Max De Bernardi, accompanying him. I am going to his last show on the tour.
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Re: 'Angel of Lyon' Tom Russell

Postby Diane » Tue Nov 28, 2017 1:05 pm

We are having some spectacular sunrises here currently, along with plenty of rain, and The Sky Above, The Mud Below whilst out with my dog earlier reminded me of a fabulous show last week in Cardiff. With humour and panache, Tom did a number of old favourites, including the gems from Blood and Candlesmoke, and one old song I don't believe I've heard before - Blue Wing - which I thought was ace. He also ran through his new album Folk Hotel, which sounds pretty good, The Last Time I Saw Hank being a winner on first listen. The album includes a Dylan cover, Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues

There were maybe only 150 people at the show - a lot different from his American audiences, I imagine. Clearly an admirer, he referenced Leonard Cohen a number of times (although no ToS cover). At the start he was pretending to be a Mexican support act, and had the audience guess the singer after playing a few lines of various songs (mostly Townes'), one of which was Tennessee Waltz (saying, 'someone who died in the last couple of years' to pin it to Leonard). He was plugging the new album's accompanying book from time to time, which features his artwork including a painting of Leonard Cohen.

Doubtless you enjoyed your show too, Tony. Max De Bernardi was indeed a fabulous accompanying finger-pickin' guitarist. And cheers once more, for the heads up!
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Re: 'Angel of Lyon' Tom Russell

Postby Tony » Tue Nov 28, 2017 10:44 pm

I have yet to see the show, Diane. I am seeing his last one here at Farncombe on Saturday. I am glad you had a good time. I cannot understand why he is so underrated in the UK. There will probably be the same number of people watching him this weekend as when you saw him. Such a shame but the atmosphere is more of a folk club feeling which suits me.
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Re: 'Angel of Lyon' Tom Russell

Postby Kush » Thu Nov 30, 2017 6:40 am

Hi Diane and Tony,

Tom Russell is hardly a household name here and his audiences are more a cult following similar in vein to Dave Alvin (often his partner in crime), Flatlanders etc....they work their magic in the shadows and an audience of 150 sounds just about right. Plus he does not neatly fit into categories...too folk for country and too country and too western for the folk scene.
Townes Van Zandt was barely known in his lifetime even in Texas although he has achieved a degree of fame posthumously.

In darkness we do what we can,
In daylight we are oblivion

(Dougie Maclean...another of the same ilk on your side of the pond)

A long article on Blue Wing and Little Willie John ...one of them is real and the other fictional !
https://singout.org/2017/01/16/blue-win ... llie-john/


Tracy Grammer covers Blue Wing...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PqK13_YNpOM
Your private life will suddenly explode - Leonard Cohen
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Re: 'Angel of Lyon' Tom Russell

Postby Diane » Thu Nov 30, 2017 4:54 pm

Hi Kush, good to 'see' you (I haven't 'seen' Steven for a while, so a wave to him, too, if he reads), and ta for the extra stuff on Blue Wing. Mr Russell did mention the story about Little Willie John, and that Johnny Cash had covered the song (I think).

Thanks for divesting me of one of my illusions, regarding his profile in the US. Remarkable! But nice for us punters, as Tony says.
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Re: 'Angel of Lyon' Tom Russell

Postby Tony » Sun Dec 03, 2017 1:44 pm

Hello Kush and Diane,

I went to see Tom Russell last night. As on previous occasions it was an enjoyable evening with about 150-200 people in attendance. It was the last show of his current tour and his engagement with the audience is infectious. Max De Bernardi was amazing with his guitar playing. It is good to listen to good music in a relaxing and relatively intimate atmosphere.

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