The Sunday Roadhouse concert series at The Waiting Room Lounge continues this week with Tom Russell.
Yes, we're aware it's on a Wednesday, but the Texas singer-songwriter will present a relaxed Sunday vibe with material from his decades-long career.
Songs written by Russell have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Jerry Jeff Walker, Iris Dement and Ramblin' Jack Elliott, among many others.
“My career seems to have gone in the opposite direction from a lot of people whose notoriety came over their first half dozen records,” Russell said on his website. “Mine didn't. My career built very slowly, and then I moved to El Paso in '97, further outside than anybody could imagine. By not plugging into the machine, the records I've made in the past 10 years have been my strongest and most outside records, especially the past two. It seems that the older I get, the more I've been able to keep on the outside.”
Russell's latest, “Mesabi,” is his 26th and follows characters (including Bob Dylan, Bobby Driscoll and Liz Taylor) from Mexico to LA and back to bleaker, empty spaces. Its folk and blues songs were called “impressive” and “A fierce, sharply drawn portrait,” by USA Today.
Grethcen Peters takes harmony vocals on the sad song “Goodnight, Juarez,” and Lucinda Williams performs on a duet of Dylan's “A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall.”
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