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What I Know
Genres: Blues, Folk, Pop
Tom Rush has been touring steadily for decades since his last studio album, bringing that voice and those songs to devoted audiences across the country. There have been a few live albums as welcome reminders of Tom's relax... more »
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Tom Rush has been touring steadily for decades since his last studio album, bringing that voice and those songs to devoted audiences across the country. There have been a few live albums as welcome reminders of Tom's relaxed, expressive baritone, skilled guitar-playing, droll humor and infallible taste in writing and choosing material (after all, he was virtually the first to record songs by then-unknowns Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne and James Taylor). Now there's a new Tom Rush studio CD, What I Know, his first since 1974, a musical quilt of original and carefully selected compositions that fully deserve "the Rush treatment." Tom's voice and phrasing are what make every song he sings his own. He writes or selects songs shorn of elaborate metaphors, choosing graceful, evocative, straightforward emotional settings. Then his warm baritone, tanned by experience, humor and melancholy, shines right through the lyrics, illuminating them from within. Produced in Nashville by longtime Cambridge friend and musician Jim Rooney and his subtle crew of country-folk musicians, What I Know contains five Rush originals, his arrangement of the traditional "Casey Jones" (with guest vocalist Nanci Griffith) and nine renditions of mostly unfamiliar songs that become instant friends. Tom's compositions range from toe-tappers ("Hot Tonight," with guest Bonnie Bramlett on harmony vocals, "Silly Little Diddle," "One Good Man" and the exuberant title song) to the wearily peaceful "River Song" (with Robin Batteau on violin). There are gorgeously regret-filled songs by Steven Bruton ("Too Many Memories," with Emmylou Harris on harmony, A.J. Swearingen's "You're Not Here with Me," Jamaican singer Mishka's "Lonely"), the wonderfully tender "What an Old Lover Knows," by Melanie Dyer and Kim Beard Day, and a velvety song of seduction - "Fall into the Night" - by Eliza Gilkyson. "East of Eden," co-written by Jack ("Peaceful Easy Feeling") Tempchin doubles as a frustrated love song and a commentary on US immigration policies. The best-known song covered is a reflective take on Mentor Williams' "Drift Away," a hit for Dobie Gray, Rod Stewart and uncountable others, performed here minus the "horn section, backup singers, smoke machines and pole dancers" Tom has heard in previous arrangements. Tom Rush - the man with the golden ear, the comforting voice, the supple guitar and the craftsman's pen - has given us a gift worth waiting for.
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Rush took his time...and DELIVERED!
Crescenzo C. Capece | NYNJPR | 02/24/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"You could say that even when Tom Rush was in the thick of it, he flew under the radar. He's a true old school folk artist, albeit a unique one. His version of "Urge For Going" was a milestone for both author Joni Mitchell and Tom, and on this CD his cover of Mishka's "Lonely" approaches the success of his "Urge" cover; it actually sounds like a (get ready) H I T!
He's joined on this CD by other true greats (Bonnie Bramlett ,Emmylou Harris among them),and the tune selection and mix approaches the near perfection of his first Elektra LP.The Amazon editorial reviews pretty much nail it.
"What I Know" demonstrates forcefully that Tom Rush still knows how to make a fine album ,and those of us who appreciate the best are all the richer for it. The artist and participants should be congratulated for this most welcome effort!"
Well worth the wait
Byron Holmes | Berkley, MA | 02/24/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
""What I Know" is classic Tom Rush. Although it is his first studio album in 35 years, this is no comeback album. He has been performing concerts and releasing albums of his live shows during that time, all the while adding to his group of fans and intrducing his brand of folk music to a new generation. I've been going to his concerts and buying his albums for over 40 years, dating back to his college circuit days, his late night radio shows on WBZ in Boston and his classic Symphony Hall concerts. Through it all, he has remained true to his folk roots and this album is no exception. A well presented mixture of his own writing with the inclusion of some well chosen work of others, this is a collection of songs that will make you reflect and feel like you are there with Tom, feeling what he feels."
An Iconic National Treasure
prisrob | New EnglandUSA | 03/17/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Tom Rush has been a part of my musical world since I was first introduced to Circle Game those many years ago- 35, could it be? He is an icon in my world, along with those he introduced to folk music, James Taylor, Jackson Browne and Joni Mitchell. Joni wrote Circle Game but Tom Rush recorded it first-and this CD is a little like a Circle Game, 30 years after his last CD, he recorded, 'This I Know'.
This CD is more joyous than his previous CD's, you might not think so from the title, but it has more fun from the opening track 'Hot Tonight' to the last 'Drift Away'. Tom Rush tried to retire but he says 9 months of riding circles in his tractor convinced him that he wasn't set out for retirement.
The 15 tracks on this CD are all glorious. The first track, 'Hot Tonight' ii is said is an outtake of an old Sam Cooke song 'Wonderful World' it opens the CD to a bounce. 'River Song' was written by Tom Rush and the words are so lovingly written. Nanci Griffith sings with Tom on the track 'Casey Jones,' and Emmylou Harris takes charge on 'Too Many Memories'. My favorite is 'What An Old Lover Knows' and speaks of familiarity of the known. 'One Good Man' is a raucous song of what a woman is looking for, 'round the world. Remember the old song 'Drift Away', Tom Rush brings a new melody and feeling to it. "Give me the people to free my soul, I want to get lost in your rock n' roll and drift away'. And he does, he frees our soul.
Why did it take Tom Rush 30 years to record a new CD? James Taylor, a great admirer of Tom Rush, gives us some insight when he says this of him, "He's definitely an unsung hero in popular culture, but I think Tom was as central a figure to folk music as Dylan and Woody Guthrie, But he was part of music right as it was becoming a cash cow in a corporate way. Tom just didn't have the stomach for it. He didn't interface well with that. He wasn't about making money off his music - at least that was always my feeling."
My best friend relates to one of Tom Rush's most famous songs 'No Regrets' and along with Circle Game and so many more, how could we ever have regrets with Tom Rush? He lives within my heart since I first heard him in 1968.
Highly Recommended. prisrob 03-17-09
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