Robert Coleman Trussell
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(translated from Dutch) This is clearly a must-have for fans of James McMurtry...The spare production values have not detracted from this excellent, intimate, moving album, but have instead made it stand out. --Benny Metten, November 2005 - Ctrl. Alt. Country


(translated from Dutch) Robert Coleman Trussell...breathes new life into acoustic folk-blues...This debut mixes blues with other styles such as folk and Americana, but uses a restrained approach to make a warm, unified album...The material isn't forced and the disc has the finished and complete feel of a cross between Townes Van Zandt and Sonny Terry. The 14 numbers written by Trussell on Texas Gothic make it a very personal album when you consider the lyrics...He sings all vocals...and accompanies himself with harmonica and guitar Just fantastic! The quality of all the songs is high, but the real standouts are: "Mama Don't You Know" and "Mister Holliday" with their lovely harmonica riffs, the modest "Across the Great Divide in G" and the rocking "Billy Got Bad." Texas Gothic is a terribly good roots album...Not only does he have a spotless guitar technique, he also has a beautiful voice...Just an excellent disc! --Freddy Celis, Dec. 2005 - Rootstime


Salt Lake City radio show host Lori of Sunday Sagebrush Serenade on KRCL included Texas Gothic on her January 1, 2006 program showcasing the best folk releases of 2005. - Sunday Sagebrush Serenade


I haven't been this totally blown away by an album in a long, long time. - Mike Holliday


I'm madly totally completely in love with Texas Gothic and I'm playing it full blast in my workroom. This CD is a revelation, a joy, a delicious companion. - Naomi Shihab Nye


His voice is daunting, his guitar playing fantastic, and the songs are inviting, infectious and thought-provoking. I'm impressed. - Anika Paris, songwriter


You wrote, "If you like what you hear, you'll be my first airplay in France." I can't say I like your music. I LOVE it. - Mike Penard, ISA Milieu


Trussell carries on many of the Texas singer-songwriter traditions on this debut disc. In addition to having three names and a Texas birth certificate, he has the dust and years on the plains to know of what he sings. Over the course of 14 songs he paints a picture of life in those dusty towns that your parents would never stop at unless they were out of gas. Gothic is the right name for this disc because it is full of the ghosts of times past. Trussell keeps it simple and evokes the real ghosts of Townes [Van Zandt] and some of the other folk blues legends like Mance Lipscomb. If you want to keep it real then you want this disc in your collection. --Corky Carrel, Nov. 2005 - Village Records


Discography

Debut album Texas Gothic, released in late 2005, features 14 original songs. Cuts have aired on radio in the States and in Europe. The album landed a spot on Sunday Sagebrush Serenade's program of best folk releases of 2005. Hosts at two different radio stations in the Netherlands--Hans Hoogeveen of Under the Tree on Radio Rijnwoude and Johanna Bodde of Alt. Country Cooking on Radio Winschoten--put Texas Gothic on their top five lists for January 2006. Texas Gothic is sold at Village Records, CD Baby, iTunes and other sources. Promo CDs available on request to texasgothic@mac.com. For more information and audio samples of all Texas Gothic songs, go to www.robertcolemantrussell.com.

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The songs on Texas Gothic reflect the flat, unforgiving landscape in South Texas and the eternal pull to see the world on the other side of the horizon. One critic wrote, "He paints a picture of life in those dusty towns that your parents would never stop at unless they were out of gas."

Although Trussell currently lives in the midwest, he was born and raised in Texas. He often heard freight trains rocketing down the tracks 50 yards from his childhood home in the shadow of the King Ranch, as well as coyotes, jet fighters and the occasional "Quit that crying or I'll give you something to cry about."