WFUV DJ, Eric Holland talks to Tom about songwriting, American folk and singer/songwriting traditions and more in his Sound Advice report, in the lead up to Tom’s December 8 show at the Schimmel Center at Pace University.
On December 28, 2012, Tom Rush celebrated his 50th year as a performer with a sold-out concert at Boston’s Symphony Hall. This 40 minute version featuring selected performances by Tom Rush and his guest performers: Buskin & Batteau, Jonathan Edwards, Dom Flemons and his house band was excerpted from the DVD version, available with a companion CD at tomrush.com. Watch this unforgettable milestone concert available for a limited time only. https://vimeo.com/ondemand/tomrushsymphonyhall
Allegedly this is one of the first music videos ever produced. It was shot on the outskirts of London, where Tom was touring in 1968. It was produced by Arthur Gorson for Elektra Records as a promo for the album The Circle Game. It has been put online by the filmmaker Jonathan Moser.
So Tom let this little diddy leak out via the newsletter shortly before the 2014 Christmas Symphony Hall show. Matt Nakoa, who just happen to be near the studio was invited in to play on this track. Matt is a 2014 Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Winner, and a multi-talented performer, and has been appearing with Tom on stage off and on ever since.
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WXPN’s Gene Shay, the “Dean of Folk DJ’s” retired from the airwaves after a glorious 50+ year career on Sunday, February 1st. As a tribute, Tom Rush plays a version of “Mole’s Moan,” the song Gene used as the theme to his weekly music show.
Shameless plug: Mole’s Moan appears on the album TOM RUSH Blues, Songs & Ballads, available in the online store.
Tom joins Anthony Brooks and Lisa Mullins on WBUR Boston and shares his new song “Voices” in promotion for the upcoming Club 47 show at Boston Symphony Hall.
Here’s a sneak peek at the new DVD, available in the online-store.
Folksinger, songwriter, and guitarist Tom Rush recalls his illustrious and unconventional career in this music-filled documentary. The film chronicles Rush’s life, mostly from his own humorous, self-deprecating perspective. It is narrated by Rush himself, and features interviews with James Taylor, Elektra Records’ Jac Holzman, and DJ Dick Summer. Tom Rush: No Regrets includes exclusive footage of the folk icon retracing his developmental New England footsteps, on the road as a still-traveling musician, and recent concert appearances at Club Passim (formerly Club 47) and a 50th anniversary celebratory concert at Boston’s prestigious Symphony Hall in December 2012.
Directors: Rob Stegman, Todd Kwait
Writer: Todd Kwait
Features: David Bromberg, Tom Rush, James Taylor and others
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The video is an excerpt from “Tom Rush Celebrates 50 Years of Music” – a concert at Boston’s Symphony Hall, December 28, 2012, released as a two disk CD/DVD available now from the online store.
Here Tom performs “What I Know”, (Used by Permission, All Rights Reserved). Produced by Ezzie Films LLC and BlueStar Media Inc. A special “Pledge Programming” edition aired June 4, 2013 on WGBH & NHPTV.