The Eighth Step presents TOM RUSSELL
"A game changer - it could just be the single most important Americana release of all time." FOLK RADIO (UK)
“An extraordinary piece of Americana with an expansive narrative and scope” -L. A. TIMES, Top 10 Albums 2015
“Country-folk-rock opera about a young 19th Century Irish immigrant drawn to a new life as a cowboy in the West after a failed love affair. It’s a sprawling beast of an album and a remarkable piece of creativity.” THE TELEGRAPH (UK)
“Soulful and moving…Russell’s view of history may be romantic but it is also gritty as hell, and enduring. This is his masterpiece.” ALL MUSIC GUIDE
“A king-size exquisite quilt of old and new. Probably Tom Russell’s greatest masterpiece.” DASAVISEN (Oslo, Norway)
His music pays homage to cultural authenticity.
Tom Russell songs have been recorded by such icons as Johnny Cash, Dave Van Ronk, Jerry Jeff Walker, Doug Sahm, Joe Ely, Nanci Griffith, Iris Dement, and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, among others. Legendary poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti shares “a great affinity with Tom Russell’s songs, for he is writing out of the wounded heart of America.”
Russell has appeared on the David Letterman TV show five times in the last few years, his songs have appeared in a dozen movies and television series including: the new Monte Hellman movie The Road To Nowhere, Tremors, Songcatcher and “Northern Exposure.” A published author of a mystery, and a compilation of quotes with Sylvia Tyson (Ian & Sylvia), and another work with Charles Bukowski. He is also an established painter exhibiting work in Austin, Santa Fe and Toronto. Tom's ground-breaking 52-Track, double record The Rose of Roscrae - A Ballad of the West features guest artists Johnny Cash, Leadbelly, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Guy Clark, Dan Penn, Gretchen Peters, Ian Tyson and dozens of others in a work of huge scope and masterful writing. Widely regarded as a masterpiece of Americana, It continues to collect an unprecedented avalanche of rave reviews.