Thu, May 9, 2013
Venue: Club Passim
47 Palmer Street, Cambridge, MA 02138Contact:
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Tom Russell is a master storyteller and Mesabi, his new release for Shout! Factory ,
corrals some of the acclaimed singer-songwriter's most compelling tales to date. A thread runs through its songs, a zigzagging but determinedly solid line that connects the perilous bordertown of Juarez, Mexico to the real and faux glitz of L.A. and the bleak iron range of Minnesota--the Mesabi of the album's title. The broad landscapes created by Tom Russell for Mesabi are inhabited by characters we all know--Bob Dylan, James Dean and Elizabeth Taylor--and some we may not: the now-obscure, once well-known singer Cliff "Ukulele Ike" Edwards, the tragic Disney child star Bobby Driscoll and the character actor Sterling Hayden. It's a logical progression from Russell's last album, 2009's Blood and Candle Smoke, yet it's like no other album Russell has made in his nearly four decades as a recording artist.