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.
 New Year`s News
Southwestern Roots on the Narrow Gauge! The Cowboy Train moves to New Mexico and Colorado, for a ride on the legendary narrow gauge steam trains. Tom Russell, Gretchen Peters, Wyle Gustafson, Sourdough Slim and Paul Zarzyski. A Western spectacular. Seven nights of great hotels, food and campfire hoots. And the train ride of a lifetime. North America's longest, highest and most remote narrow gauge railroad - through the spectacular San Juan Mountains of New Mexico and Colorado. Ride with the heroes of western music.
September 18-24, 2009. Our most affordable journey! E-mail Sarah at: trains@sover.net or call toll free 866-484-3669 (U.S. and Canada). See: www.rootsontherails.com

Tom Russell's paintings in Santa Fe! Three recent Russell paintings are now featured at The Rainbow Man on the square in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The three are: "One to the Heart, One to the Head," (the cover of the new Gretchen Peters - TR record), "Snowin on Raton," (a Townes Van Zandt song covered on that record,) and Red Indio #1. For inquiries contact Bob at rainbow@aol.com or www.therainbowman.com, 505-982-8706

"One to the Heart, One to the Head," Gretchen Peters with Tom Russell, should be available on or before Feb 1 2009. It features Tom's song, "Guadalupe," plus songs by Bob Dylan, Townes Van Zandt, Rosalie Sorrells, Jennifer Warnes, Ian Tyson, Stephanie Davis and others. Tom calls it his favorite western-flavored record since "Blood on the Saddle," by Tex Ritter. It's evocative and wonderful. Check www.tomrussell.com or www.villagerecords.com soon.

Looming Concert dates: Reno (Jan 16 at the Art Museum) and the 25 Anniversary of the Elko National Cowboy Gathering from Jan. 27 Elko Nevada. Tom will host another sold out workshop with the great Ian Tyson: last years workshop can be viewed on the DVD "Mano a Mano," available at www.villagerecords.com Village records also carries the 26 track Tom Russell anthology, "Veteran's Day," on Shout! Factory records.

More Concerts! Texas, Tucson and Canada on the Rise: Fort Worth Feb. 5, Austin Feb 6, Houston Feb 7, San Antonio Feb 8, Tucson Feb 20……Vancouver March 6, Victoria March 8, Salt Spring Island March 9, Calgary March 11, 12, Toronto March 13, Ottawa March 14, Montreal March 15.

Denver, Grand Junction, Salt Lake City and…..Scandinavia, The Netherlands and Switzerland….are coming in April and May!

Feliz Ano Nuevo….

For details: www.tomrussell.com
Tom's Borderland Notes: www.russelltom.blogspot.com