TOM RUSSELL BAND - The road to Bayamon

TOM RUSSELL BAND The road to Bayamon lp 1988 Hit rcds 320 kbps
Home before dark / U.S. Steel / Downtown train / Love makes a fool of the wise / The definition of a fool / As the crow flies / The road to Bayamon / Alkali / Wise blood / Joshua tree / Mezcal / William Faulkner in Hollywood.
Produced by T. Russell & A. Hardin.
Americana singer/songwriter Tom Russell was born in Los Angeles in 1950. Raised on the cowboy music of the American West, he grew up to be a talented songwriter, and began issuing albums under his own name in the early '70s. However, Russell's material was also recorded by such luminaries as Johnny Cash, Guy Clark, Dave Alvin, and Doug Sahm, and k.d. lang, to name only a few. While much of Russell's work mined the country tradition, he was also known to flavor his work with Tex-Mex, folk, and the cowboy music of his youth. After an acclaimed career spanning two decades, Russell found another gear with 1999's "Man from God Knows Where". A concept album eight years in the making, the LP presented a song cycle inspired not only by America's pioneers, but by Russell's own immigrant ancestors. "Borderland", a set inspired by Russell's newfound home in the Juarez border region of Texas, followed in 2001. "Modern Art" appeared in April 2003 and "Hotwalker" -- a conceptual work inspired by Russell's encounters with author Charles Bukowski -- followed in 2005. A year later Russell released "Love and Fear", an album focusing on what he called "the ragged outback of love." Wounded Heart of America, a compilation of Russell classics performed by everyone from Johnny Cash and Iris Dement to Tom himself, arrived in 2007.
Good luck trying to pigeonhole Tom Russell based on the fine "Road to Bayamon", which manages to sound cohesive while wandering all over the musical map. "Home Before Dark," one of several numbers here that he later re-recorded with country-soul singer Barrence Whitfield, is a radio-ready rocker, with a great hook and prominent guitar; the vocal and guitar on the equally fine "U.S. Steel," on the other hand, sound something like early Johnny Cash. And then there's "Alkali," a great relic from Russell's folky days with Patricia Hardin; and a surprisingly strong, faithful-to-the-original cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Fire." Not everything scores a homer: The lackluster vocals on Tom Waits' wonderful "Downtown Train," the album's other cover, seem particularly weak when compared with Rod Stewart's definitive version. Allmusic
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