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Over the course of his 50-year-plus career, one of Tom Rush's defining gifts has been his ear for the faint voices of significant new songs by little-known writers.
The New England-based singer-guitarist, a surviving giant of the early '60s folk boom, was among the very first to record future standards by then-fledgling performers Joni Mitchell, James Taylor and Jackson Browne on his 1968 album The Circle Game; he brought a later generation of singer-songwriters such as Nanci Griffith and Shawn Colvin to wider audiences as part of his tours. Taylor and country music superstar Garth Brooks have both named him as a major influence.
Until Voices, Rush has been heard only sparingly as a songwriter, with only a few tantalizing handfuls of originals – about 20 – spread out over eleven studio albums, most notably "No Regrets," a classic of stoic farewell on that '68 LP that later became a multi-genre chart hit in three cover versions (including those by The Walker Brothers and Midge Ure in the UK).
Voices is the first album ever of all-Rush originals, ten relaxed, warmhearted, amused and sometimes thoughtful songs that perfectly reflect Tom's wry persona. (Harkening back to Rush's early '60s roots in Boston as a folk/blues interpreter are two traditional tracks, "Corina, Corina" and the opening "Elder Green," included because "I didn't want to compromise my folksinger credentials," Tom explains in the liner notes.) He writes songs shorn of elaborate metaphors, preferring straightforward, evocative emotional settings.
Then his warm baritone, tanned by experience, humor and melancholy, shines right through the lyrics, illuminating them from within.
|Primary Format - Music||CD|
|Music Genre Primary||Folk|
|Music Genre Secondary||Blues & Roots|
- 1. Elder Green (trad., arr. Tom Rush)
- 2. Come See about Me
- 3. My Best Girl
- 4. Life is Fine
- 5. Cold River
- 6. Far Away
- 7. Heaven Knows
- 8. Corina, Corina (trad., arr. Tom Rush)
- 9. If I Never Get Back to Hackensack
- 10. Going Down to Nashville
- 11. How Can She Dance like That?
- 12. Voices