Tom Russell is an award-winning American songwriter, painter, storyteller, journalist, and author, possessed of a keen
Tom Russell is an award-winning American songwriter, painter, storyteller, journalist, and author, possessed of a keen eye and a robust, grainy baritone voice. Having released more than three dozen albums on a variety of labels, he is regarded by peers and fans alike as part of an American cultural and literary lineage that extends from the golden era of cowboy and folk traditions to the romantic yet hard-bitten Americana of Woody Guthrie, Bob Dyland and Townes Van Zandt to the poetry and prose of writers such as Raymond Chandler, William Faulkner and the Beat Generation.
Tom Russell’s songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Doug Sahm, Nanci Griffith, K.D. Lang, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Ian Tyson, Iris Dement, Joe Ely and a hundred others.
Tom Russell graduated from The University of California with a Master’s Degree in Criminology. He was recently awarded the 2015 ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for excellence in music journalism & appeared on Late Night with David Letterman TV show five times.
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