Tom Russell

The Man from God Knows Where

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Tom Russell had been releasing great records for about 25 years by the time he issued this album, but he outdoes himself here. Eight years in the making, The Man from God Knows Where is a song cycle inspired by America's pioneers and, particularly, Russell's own immigrant ancestors; but it probably comes at least as much from the artist's imagination as from historical fact. Be that as it may, he does a terrific job of conjuring up the hard realities faced by America's early immigrants. The performances, meanwhile, are even more adventurous than you've come to expect from Russell. Featuring guest spots by Iris DeMent, Dave Van Ronk and others, the album mixes music of the American West with that of Ireland and Norway and, somehow, it all holds together. A fine, fine collection.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:47 SpotifyAmazon
2 01:10 Spotify
3 04:20 Spotify
4 03:30 Spotify
5 03:48 Spotify
6 04:50 Spotify
7 04:13 Spotify
8 04:04 Spotify
9 01:39 SpotifyAmazon
10 02:53 Spotify
11 04:20 SpotifyAmazon
12 03:44 Spotify
13 01:48 SpotifyAmazon
14 03:32 SpotifyAmazon
15
01:28 Spotify
16 02:57 Spotify
17
01:21 Spotify
18 03:12 Spotify
19 00:59 SpotifyAmazon
20 04:18 SpotifyAmazon
21 01:05 Spotify
22 03:17 Spotify
23 01:33 SpotifyAmazon
24 02:20
25 00:59
26 04:06 Spotify
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