Tom Russell
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Tom Russell


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"Hotwalker is a colossal achievement...they should seal this in a vault for posterity." (April 2005) Stereophile's Robert Baird wrote: "In the lexicon of music business words and phrases, none inspires more eye-rolling and trepidation than 'important record,' yet that's what Russell has made in "Hotwalker." - Uncut


"Hotwalker" is a sensory and ideological barrage, yet Russell's songwriting maintains an uncanny sense of place that advertises him as one of the remaining guardians of a dwindling narrative sensibility....this is an ambitious album that ultimately manages to become something quite rare: a work of art."
- Associated Press

"Greatest Songwriter"

"The greatest living country songwriter in a man named Tom Russell; he's written songs that capture the essence of America, a trait that can only be matched by the country's
greatest novelists..." - Rolling Stone

"Johnny Cash"

"If American Music needs an heir to Johnny Cash, Tom Russell might just be the man, He's the real deal.
- Uncut

"American Original"

"Tom Russell is an original, a brilliant songwriter with a restless curiosity and an almost violent imagination." Annie Prouxl, Pulitzer Prize winning author: "The Shipping News" & "Brokeback Mountain" - Annie Prouxl


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"



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 ( 21 of the 24 paintings were sold within the first few weeks of the exhibition.