October in the Railroad Earth

Tom Russell’s latest recording of original compositions, October in the Railroad Earth, is set for CD and vinyl release March 15, 2019, on Frontera Records in North America and Proper Records for the rest of the world. He describes the songs and sound as “Jack Kerouac meets Johnny Cash in Bakersfield.”
Bill Kirchen is featured on lead electric guitar, Eliza Gilkyson adds vocals, and the Grammy® Award-winning Texmaniacs appear on “Isadore Gonzalez,” about a Mexican cowboy who died in England during a performance of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. The record contains nine other originals, including the title song from the Irish film Small Engine Repair, and a cover of the traditional “Wreck of the Old 97.”
October in the Railroad Earth follows the acclaimed 2017 Frontera/Proper album Folk Hotel and Russell’s tribute to Ian & Sylvia on True North Records, Play One More, both receiving worldwide acclaim. Between major releases in 2018, Russell recorded the Bruce Springsteen track “Across The Border” for the three-disc Appleseed Records anniversary sampler, Roots and Branches, and issued a re-recording of early classics on Frontera, Old Songs Yet To Sing.

Russell’s previous album of new original material was the 2015 “folk opera” that Thom Jurek of allmusic.com hailed as Tom’s masterpiece, The Rose of Roscrae. Named “The top folk album of 2015” by Mojo magazine, Roscrae was also lauded as “maybe the most important Americana record of all time” by UK Folk. The album was included in top ten lists of dozens of publications, including the Los Angeles Times.

In 2007, on one of Russell’s five appearances on Late Night with David Letterman, he debuted the controversial “Who’s Gonna Build Your Wall?” which has since gone viral.

Tom Russell’s songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Doug Sahm, Nanci Griffith, k.d. lang, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Dave Alvin, Iris DeMent, Dave Van Ronk, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and Joe Ely, Tom Paxton, Ian Tyson, and Joe Ely, among many others.
Tom Russell graduated from the University of California with a Master’s degree in Criminology and taught Sociology in Nigeria during the Biafran War.
 Folk Hotel
"Folk Hotel," the new Tom Russell record, is ready for pre-sale! Tom considers this, by far, his best record to date. 13 new original songs, and Bob Dylan's "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues," recorded as a duet with Joe Ely. Augie Meyers, Eliza Gilkyson, Redd Volkaert, Joel Guzman, Max De Bernardi, Veronica Sbergia, and Mark Hallman are also on the record - recorded at Congress House Studios in Austin.

"Folk Hotel," the book, is also available as part of a pre-sale package deal. The book is in color and contains the lyrics, stories behind the songs, Tom Russell paintings, and short stories about Dave Van Ronk, Ramblin Jack Elliott, Bob Dylan, Ian Tyson, Peter La Farge, and others. The best book we've done to date.

Both are available from: www.fronterarecords.com http://shop.fronterarecords.com/


This week! First Record Release Concert Now! July 13, Zurich Switzerland, Tom Russell with Max De Bernardi live, with a Tom Russell Art show......Bogen F The Viadukt: http://www.bogenf.ch/konzerte/aktuell/


Book concert tickets now! World Record Release Tour Dates in USA, UK, Ireland and around the world!

Tour Dates Listed at the end of this newsletter! All Ticket information at:http://www.tomrussell.com/concert.php


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TOM RUSSELL TEE SHIRTS! INCLUDING "Tonight We Ride!," "Nova Beat" and others, available from Cypress Cowboy:http://cypresscowboy.com/TomRussell.html



September Shows which will sell out soon include Boston-Cambridge: Passims Sept. 6-7,The Turning Point (Near NYC) Sept 8, Columbus. Ohio, Sept 12, and don't forget Santa Fe, NM Sept. 24th...tickets are on sale now for all shows and going fast:http://www.tomrussell.com/concert.php

Don't forget Dublin, Belfast, London and all UK and Ireland shows are selling fast for November-December! http://www.tomrussell.com/concert.php

There will also be special concerts in Holland, Belgium, Germany, Norway, Finland, and Sweden next May/June! All information coming soon on: http://www.tomrussell.com/concert.php

Frontera Records has all of Tom's current catalogue and books:http://shop.fronterarecords.com/

Proper Records Carries Tom's Catalogue for the UK and The World outside North America! Thanks Proper!

Special Thanks to John Yuelkenbeck, the head of Frontera Records in Kansas City. John also is a fine graphic artist, with his own company, and a filmmaker. He designed the incredible "Folk Hotel" cd and book package. Any questions about the Tom Russell catalogue can be addressed to:john@fronterarecords.com

Questions regarding the tour: tomrusselloffice@gmail.com

Agent for thew UK and Ireland:Bob Paterson bp@bpa-live.com

Agent for Holland, Belgium, Germany:Bas at Belmont Bookings,https://belmontbookings.nl//roster/

Brian Liss is working on a Tom Russell art show for New York City in November...and a film promoting "Folk Hotel" should be out soon and we will post....please get on Facebook and spread the news about the new Tom Russell record, and thanks for keeping the faith!

The Tom Russell Office!