RUSS TOLMAN Road Movie cd 1992 320 kbps
Pride And Shame / Sleepin' All Alone / The One Who Got Away / Mr Submarine / Something About A Rowboat / I Don't Wanna Talk About The Weather / For a Smile / That's My Story And I'm Sticking To It / Lonesome Fugitive / Gila Bend / Letters They Flatter / Pride And Shame (reprise).
Produced by R. Tolman & B. Gurewitz
R. Tolman: vocals, electric, 6 & 12 string acoustic guitars / J. Klages: lead guitar, backing vocals / D. Provost: bass / N. Leukhardt: drums / C. Cacavas: organ, piano, accordion, backing vocals
Guests: R. Lloyd, S. Griffin, S. Wynn, C. Bauer, J. Kane & D.Crouch.
After fleeing the confines of the Northern California guitar band, True West upon its demise in 1985, Russ Tolman took up the troubadour's life, embarking on a career as a singer-songwriter, often performing with a band. Loosely aligned with LA's Paisley Underground scene, Tolman continued to surround himself with some of the musicians who were key during that period, in particular Steve Wynn, formerly of the Dream Syndicate who has remained his friend and occasional collaborator. Upon relocating to LA in the mid-'80s, Tolman's first solo recording, "Totem Poles and Glory Holes"(1986, Restless) had him dabbling in similar western motif terrain as his old band (not to be confused with country-or with the twang of No Depression). He followed with two more "California" albums in the confessional singer-songwriter vein, "Down in Earthquake Town"(Restless, 1987) and "Goodbye Joe" (Skyclad, 1988), before he retreated for a spell overseas. While living and touring throughout Europe, Tolman released "Road Movie" (1992, New Rose) and "Sweet Spot"(Brilliant 1994) and found an enthusiastic audience for his All-American sound among the Europeans long enamored of the romantic imagery of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen. Ultimately, Tolman returned to the San Francisco Bay Area for the recording and release of "City Lights" in 1997 (Blue Rose); "New Quadraphonic Highway" followed three years later. Allmusic
In 2006, True West reformed including original members Tolman, McGrath, and Blair. In 2007, Atavistic records released "Hollywood Holiday Revisited", a CD collection of True West's first two albums "Hollywood Holiday" and "Drifters".