Tom Russell

Tom Russell

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Roots based Singer/Songwriter. My music has been described as everything from Folk to Alternative Country to Rock n' Roll, I simply consider myself as an American composer. I believe the most radical art form in America is one good song that sends chills up your back.

Biography

Tom Russell has recorded one DVD and 20 albums of original material. His songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Nanci Griffith, Doug Sahm, Dave Alvin, Joe Ely, Ian Tyson, and others. He is credited, along with Dave Alvin, with establishing the Americana radio format with their co-produced tribute to Merle Haggard, Tulare Dust, released on Hightone in 1994. The Columbus Other wrote: "Russell seems to have invented and keeps reinventing the Americana genre." His songs have appeared in a dozen films, including Songcatcher and Tremors. Russell has recently appeared three times on the Late Show with David Letterman. He has published three books: a detective novel, a songwriting compendium of quotes with Sylvia Tyson, and a book of letters with Charles Bukowski. His paintings were recently featured in Paste Magazine and a major exhibition of his artwork took place at Yard Dog Folk Art Gallery, Austin, Texas from February to April 2006 (yarddog.com). 21 of the 24 paintings were sold within the first few weeks of the exhibition.

Lyrics

Who's Gonna Build Your Wall?

Written By: Tom Russell

WHO’S GONNA BUILD YOUR WALL?
by Tom Russell

I‘ve got 800 miles of open border – right outside my door.
There’s minute men in little pick up trucks who’ve decleared their own damn war.
Now the government wants to build a barrier like old Berlin 8 feet tall –
But if uncle Sam sends the illegals home who’s gonna build the wall?

WHO’S GONNA BUILD YOUR WALL BOYS? WHO’S GONNA MOW YOUR LAWN? WHO’S GONNA COOK YOUR MEXICAN FOOD WHEN YOUR MEXICAN MAID IS GONE? WHO’S GONNA WAX THE FLOORS TONIGHT DOWN AT THE LOCAL MALL?
WHO’S GONNA WASH YOUR BABY‘S FACE? WHO’S GONNA BUILD YOUR WALL?

Now I ain’t got no politics so don’t lay that rap on me.
Left wing, right wing, up wing, down wing, I see strip malls from sea to shining sea.
It’s the fat cat white developer who’s created this whole damn squall.
It’s a pyramid scheme of dirty jobs, and who’s gonna build your wall?

WHO’S GONNA BUILD YOUR WALL BOYS? WHO’S GONNA MOW YOUR LAWN? WHO’S GONNA COOK YOUR MEXICAN FOOD WHEN YOUR MEXICAN MAID IS GONE? WHO’S GONNA WAX THE FLOORS TONIGHT DOWN AT THE LOCAL MALL?
WHO’S GONNA WASH YOUR BABY‘S FACE? WHO’S GONNA BUILD YOUR WALL?

We’ve got fundamentalist moslems, we’ve got fundamentalist jews, we’ve got fundamentalist christians-
They‘ll blow the whole thing up for you.
But as I travel around this big old world, there’s one thing that I most fear.
It’s a white man in a golf shirt with a cell phone in his ear.

WHO’S GONNA BUILD YOUR WALL BOYS? WHO’S GONNA MOW YOUR LAWN?
WHO’S GONNA COOK YOUR MEXICAN FOOD WHEN YOUR MEXICAN MAID IS GONE? WHO’S GONNA WAX THE FLOORS TONIGHT DOWN AT THE LOCAL MALL?
WHO’S GONNA WASH YOUR BABY‘S FACE? WHO’S GONNA BUILD YOUR WALL?

Discography

2006, Who's Gonna Build Your Wall? (EP) "Hightone Records"
2006, Love and Fear "Hightone Records"
2005, Hotwalker "Hightone Records"
2004 "Indians, Cowboys, Horses and Dogs "Hightone Records"
2004, Raw Vision "Rounder Records"
2003, Modern Art " Hightone Records"
2002, Borderland "Hightone Records"
1999, Man from God Knows Where "Hightone Records"
1997, The Long Way Around "Hightone Records"
1997, Song of the West "Hightone Records"
1995, Rose of the San Joaquin "Hightone Records"
1992, Box of Visions "Rounder Records"
1991, Hurricane Season "Rounder Records"
1989, Cowboy Real "Rounder Records"
1987, Poor Man's Dream "Rounder Records"
1986, The Road to Bayamon "Rounder Records"
1985, Hillbilly Vodoo "Ryco Disc"
1986, Cowboy Mamboo "Ryco Disc"
1981, Heart on a Sleeve "Bear Family Records"
1979, The Early Years "Demon Records"

Set List

Tom Russell performs songs from his twenty record catalogue plus newer material. He also does occasional covers by Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, and Hank Williams.
Two one hour sets.