Tom shares the stage on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion with Elvis Costello and Heather Masse at New York City Town Hall.
Here’s what people have been saying about
Tom Rush’s new album What I Know:
“If anything, the new album is a reminder of the understated qualities that made him a beloved entertainer four decades ago: his warm, conversational singing style; caviar taste in the songwriters he covers; and nuanced guitar playing that proved so popular, he now sells an instructional video about his technique. . . a classic and honest Rush album worthy of a new era of fans who weren’t even born when he dropped off the commercial radar in the mid-’70s.” – James Reed,THE BOSTON GLOBE
“Rush still has that deep, relaxed voice that gives listeners the impression they’re old friends listening in on a musical conversation.” – Mlke Regenstreif,MONTREAL GAZETTE
“. . . A warm, crisp gem of an album . . . it features harmonies by Emmylou Harris, Nanci Griffith and Bonnie Bramlett and a band of stellar players such as Fats Kaplin, Robin Batteau and Mike Henderson. . . . Rush has a reputation as a great song-finder. . . . On his new album, Rush includes fine songs by Richard Dean, Steve Bruton, Melanie Dyer and Kim Beard Day among others, but the friskiest and most quietly plaintive songs come from Rush’s own pen.” – Daniel Gewertz, BOSTON HERALD
“On “What I Know,” his voice is still warm, deep and resonant, whether he’s singing the title track tale of enduring love; the saga of a soldier’s reflections (“All a Man Can Do”) or harmonizing with the likes of Emmylou Harris on “Too Many Memories” or Nanci Griffith on the playful “Casey Jones”. . . Great stuff, from the upbeat opener with Bonnie Bramlett, “Hot Tonight,” straight through to the closing cover of the old Dobie Gray hit “Drift Away.”” –SPRINGFIELD (MA) SUNDAY REPUBLICAN
“What I Know is a marvelously relaxed and self-assured return for Rush, a guy who self-admittedly displays neither of those traits when he enters a studio, which is one of the reasons he’s stayed away so long. Here’s hoping he realizes how great this album is and gets back to the studio before 2043.” – Brian Baker,CINCINNATI CITY BEAT
“. . . reaffirms his wit and genial presence in songs that highlight elegant, simple craftsmanship of elegant simplicity.” – HARTFORD COURANT
“. . . you’d never guess that he’d been away so long, from the lithe spirit in his voice on these 15 tracks. The title track, one of five Rush compositions, revisits the idea Sam Cooke outlined in “Wonderful World” with an infectious bounce all its own. Nanci Griffith helps out on his retelling of the folk ballad ” Casey Jones,” Emmylou Harris adds her incomparable harmonizing to Steven Bruton’s sweetly reflective “Too Many Memories” and Bonnie Bramlett lends her soulful voice to Rush’s frisky “Hot Tonight.” His lyrics are comfortably conversational, much like his lived-in tenor, both of which are applied masterfully in his definition of true beauty in “River Song””. . . – LOS ANGELES TIMES
“With his typical low-key approach, Rush has made a wonderful new album, featuring a number of fine new Rush originals, as well as songs penned by the likes of Jack Tempchin, Stephen Bruton, Eliza Gilkyson and Bill Miller. And he caps off the album with a beautiful, understated rendition of the old Dobie Grey hit, ‘Drift Away,’ accompanied only by his acoustic guitar and a cello.” – Greg Haymes, ALBANY TIMES UNION
“What I Know alternates between light, bouncy ditties (Hot Tonight and What I Know), thoughtful examinations (East of Eden, All A Man Can Do, and Too Many . Memories), and the familiar (River Song and a splendid rendering of Drift Away) . . . The results are spectacular.” – Donald Teplyske, RED DEER ADVOCATE (Alberta)
“Legendary at finding just the right songs to capture a time . . . Rush unveils five originals, including the high steppin’ ‘Hot Tonight’ and the sly ‘One Good Man’ and puts them alongside Eliza Gilkyson’s seductive ‘Fall into the Night’ and Steve Bruton’s poignant ‘Too Many Memories,’ which features a duet with Emmylou Harris. Melanie Dyer & Kim Beard Day’s melancholic, yet somewhat humorous ‘What An Old Lover Knows’ just wouldn’t sound the same if sung by anyone else. Rush . . . sticks to the tried and true, to country-folk-singer/songwriter mode, but that’s really not the point. The point is an old friend returns, scarred but not broken, in good humor and grand voice.” – Mike Jurkovich, Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange
“Tom Rush – the man with the golden ear, the comforting voice, the supple guitar and the craftsman’s pen – has given us a gift worth waiting for. – AMAZON.COM REVIEWS
“Great new album and well worth the wait!”
“. . . sweet, poignant and knee-slapping fun!”
“I received your newest CD yesterday. It was worth waiting for. This CD is the best since “Circle Game.” The arrangements are just wonderful and the song list is number one. All I can say it is “Fantastic”.”
“You guys did a marvelous job, the choice of material, the musicianship, the guests, it all comes together in a very enjoyable listening experience!”
- The Allmusic Blog – Richie Unterberger
- Arizona Music Café – Erich Sielaff
- Sonic Boomers
- Blogcritics.org – David Bowling
and many more ….
Reported Radio Airplay & Response (a sampling)
|TOP ARTISTS OF FEBRUARY 2009
Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio playlists
Based on 12099 airplays from 146 different DJs
1. Tom Rush“What I Know” debuts at #35 on the Americana Radio Chart
and has been added at the following stations:
|CJTR – Regina, SK
CKPC-FM – Brantford, ON
CKUT – Montreal, QCKACI – The Dalles, OR
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WXOU – Auburn Hills, MI
WYCE – Grand Rapids, MI
New York, NY. (Top 40 Charts/ Shore Fire Media)
On February 24, 2009, Appleseed Recordings will release Tom Rush’s first full-length studio album in over thirty years, ‘What I Know.’ This album is the newest chapter in his legendary career and features original material and Rush’s interpretations of songs such as “Drift Away.” Rush offers up an inspired fifteen track CD of songs handpicked by the artist and producer Jim Rooney and recorded in Nashville. The album is built uponRush’s uncanny ability to deliver emotionally charged narratives and deft performances on a joyous album that features stunning collaborations with Emmylou Harris, Nanci Griffith and Bonnie Bramlett. ‘What I Know’ opens with Rush’s own “Hot Tonight” – an ode to life’s guilty pleasures best enjoyed long after the sun has set for the day. He incorporates favorite libations (scotch and soda, gin and tonic, margaritas), favorite locations (Boston, LA, New York City and Conshohocken, PA) in his recipe for a good time and declares that he’s “gonna sing and dance ’til the rising sun, have some fun until the police come, it’s gonna get hot tonight.” Standout track “Lonely” is delivered by Rush in an acoustic, bluesy, aching lament to a lost love seasoned with slide guitar and Rhodes piano. The album ends with a wistful re-imagination of Mentor Williams’ “Drift Away.” Translating the classic song into a gentle hymn, Rush’s bittersweet delivery shines on the song’s most famous line: “I wanna get lost in your rock and roll and drift away…” In addition to his contributions to the folk rock music scenes of Boston and New York in the 1960s and being credited with introducing the world to the songs of Joni Mitchell, James Taylor and Jackson Browne through his interpretations, Rush continues to be instrumental in championing newcomers to the singer-songwriter community via his Club 47 Music Series – which has been host to Alison Krauss, Shawn Colvin and many notable others. Dates are confirmed for a North American tour beginning in January of 2009.
For a complete list of tour dates, click here: http://tomrush.com
First published: 15.12.2008 top40-charts.com
Tom’s video performance of Steven Walters’ “The Remember Song” has cruised past 6 Million plays on YouTube!
“The Remember Song” was written by Steven Walters and is used with permission; this clip was recorded at Humphreys By The Bay, San Diego, CA, as part of Judy Collins’ “Wildflower Festival” on June 30, 2002
Review: Manchester (NH) HIPPOPRESS
by Bruce Bressack
First published Thursday, May 26, 2005
Used with permission.
Do you know where your parents were last Saturday night?
Did you wait up for them and think, “It’s past 9 p.m. — how come they’re not home downing their Metamucil and watching Trading Spaces on the 60-inch plasma TV?”
Well, the Hippo found them at the Tupelo Music Hall, eyes glued to the stage, watching folk legend Tom Rush weaving his musical tapestry song by legendary song, story by hilarious story.
For the uninitiated, Rush helped shape the folk revival of the 1960s and its renaissance in the ’80s and ’90s. His early recordings introduced the world to the work of Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne and James Taylor.
According to Rolling Stone, Rush’s album The Circle Game, released in 1968, ushered in the singer/songwriter era.
The first time I saw Rush perform was 15 years ago at an outdoor concert in Conway, NH. It did not compare to seeing Rush perform in the intimate, listening-room environment of the Tupelo.
His soft-spoken introductions to the songs were easily heard in the hall, and his humorous anecdotes led to bursts of laughter, wild applause and healthy hoots and hollers. (If you think your parents don’t know how to party, I can send you the photographic evidence.)
Rush ruled the stage, masterfully performing everything from “The Panama Limited” by Mississippi blues man Bukka White, to Joni Mitchell’s “The Circle Game,” to Murray McLaughlin’s “A Child’s Song,” to his original and classic songs “No Regrets” and “Rockport Sunday.”
As the audience filed out, Rush stood patiently near the exit signing CDs and old album covers that fans had brought to the show. He chatted with folks like they were old and close friends, and he graciously posed for photo after photo.
If you were at the Tupelo that evening, you witnessed greatness (and humbleness) first-hand. Rush sold out the show and he gave the audience a truly generous performance. And, along the way, he reminded all of us why music was so important in the ’60s — it was real, it was powerful, and it was an “agent of change.”
Bruce Bressack is a singer-songwriter, producer and freelance writer currently living in New Hampshire. He’s a 53 year old baby-boomer, ex-Yuppie, ex-New Yorker, guitar-slingin’, piano-slappin’, finally ‘retired’, television tube lover…
Review: Albany Times-Union
by MICHAEL RIVEST, Special to the Times Union
First published Monday, February 21, 2005
ALBANY — A folk legend came to town Saturday night, and he wore that label as comfortably as he did his own skin under his untucked purple Hawaiian shirt. Tom Rush is the master of his genre. The capacity crowd of loyal fans knew this going in, of course, so Rush had nothing to prove. But he sure didn’t disappoint, either.
The intimate WAMC auditorium was the perfect venue for Rush. He didn’t invent the “coffeehouse raconteur” thing, but many would say he perfected it, getting his start in smoky 1960s Cambridge folk joints, like the Unicorn and Club 47. An aging guitar player in the audience remembered seeing Rush at Club 47 in 1968. OK, it was me. But I’ll bet a dozen or so other graying guitar players in the audience had a similar memory. When it comes to Rush and us, the roots go deep.
He opened with the standard, “It’s Gonna Get Cold Tonight,” relying on an Epiphone Texan in D-tuning, one of the two guitars he used. The other was an old Martin in standard tuning.
Rush next played a pensive “What an Old Lover Knows,” a new song by a writer he discovered — Melanie Dyer. Now I make this point because when Rush alerts us to a new songwriter, we’d be well advised to pay attention. He proved this as early as 1968, when his “Circle Game” album introduced a few other songwriters who wound up doing rather well — Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne and James Taylor.
In true coffeehouse tradition, Rush was deft between songs with sidesplitting stories about moving from New Hampshire to Wyoming in 1991. “I didn’t know what to do with bison on my lawn.” He noted that, in Wyoming, “a driver can’t have a drink in his hand if stopped by the police; the passenger, however, can have two.”
When it came to the music, Rush was deadly serious, thundering through Sleepy John Estes’ “Drop Down Mama,” his own “Merrimack County,” and old Mississippi blues man Bukka White’s “Panama Limited,” a train song every guitar player in the 1960s swore he could play, praying he’d never have to prove it.
There was plenty of time for softer moments, too, when Rush’s velvet baritone wrapped around Mitchell’s “Circle Game,” and embraced his own “No Regrets,” a song he followed with his familiar, stunning instrumental composition, “Rockport Sunday.”
Rush’s emotional encore was Murray McLaughlin’s “A Child’s Song,” a plaintive tale of having to grow up and leave Mom and Dad behind. It still goes straight to the heart, but now time has turned the tables. When he first recorded this song in 1970, we were the departees; now it’s our kids. I don’t know if the irony was intentional, but the tissues were out.
Michael Rivest is a freelance writer and an occasional contributor to the Times Union.
Where: WAMC’s Linda Norris Auditorium, Albany, NY
Highlights: The driving “Panama Limited” and a haunting, killer rendition of a “Child’s Song”
The crowd: SRO of 200 mostly aging folkies, along with a few young ones there to hear what we’ve been talking about all these years.
In 1970, Tom was locked up on a trans-Canada private train for a week with the likes of Janis Joplin, the Band, the Grateful Dead, Buddy Guy and more. “Best party I’ve ever been to – hands down”, says Tom. The DVD release “Festival Express“, chronicles this infamous tour, with many classic performances including a full-length video of Tom singing “Child’s Song.”
Note: Sadly this DVD is now out of production.
New Hampshire Public Radio program hosted by Kate MCNally on December 24, 2003. Tom starts by playing “Easy to Please” and tells the story of how he picked it up by listening to Ed Holstein from Chicago. They talk about his connection to New Hampshire and the upcoming Boston Symphony Hall, Club 47 Show. Have a listen here in the player below, or from NHPR.org