8th Step - Tom Rush

Saturday, May 11, 2013, 7:30 pm to 7:45 pm

Tom Rush Performs "Urge for Going" 2010, Written by Joni Mitchell

Tom Rush is a gifted musician and performer, whose shows offer a musical celebration... a journey into the tradition and spectrum of what music has been, can be, and will become. His distinctive guitar style, wry humor and warm, expressive voice have made him both a legend and a lure to audiences around the world. His shows are filled with the rib-aching laughter of terrific story-telling, the sweet melancholy of ballads and the passion of gritty blues.

Rush's impact on the American music scene has been profound. From shaping the '60s folk revival and its renaissance of the '80s and '90s, his music has left its stamp on generations of artists: country music star Garth Brooks credits Rush as one of his top musical influences. Long championing emerging artists, Rush's early recordings introduced the world to the work of Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne and James Taylor, and in more recent years his Club 47 concerts have brought artists such as Nanci Griffith and Shawn Colvin to wider audiences when they were just beginning to build their own reputations.

He began in the early '60s as a Harvard student playing the Boston-area clubs. The Club 47 was the flagship of the coffee house fleet, and he was soon holding down a weekly spot there. He had released two albums by the time he graduated.

His voice has grown even richer and more melodic, and his music, like a fine wine, has matured and ripened in the blending of traditional and modern influences. He's doing what he loves, and what audiences love him for: writing and playing ...passionately, tenderly... knitting together the musical traditions and talents of our times.