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Voices

Tom Rush

Appleseed Records

Review by David Bowling

 

Tom Rush is part of the quickly disappearing original connectors to the folk revival movement of the 1960’s.

Rush has spent nearly all of this 50 year career interpreting the songs of others. His early covers of James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, and Jackson Browne helped them gain needed exposure. He has only written 20 songs during the course of his career. That is what makes his new release, Voices, unique and interesting as it contains 10 original compositions plus his arrangements of two traditional tunes. 

Now in his late 70’s, he remains a folk singer. There may be a little bluegrass in some of the music and his arrangements of “Corina Corina” and Elder Green” have a light blues feel, but his lyrics and melodies remain at the center of American folk music.

His focus is always on the words, whether some else’s or in this case his own. Songs of life, sex, regret have been constant topics during his career and are presented is a straightforward manner.

He has always had a subtle and wry sense of humor, which is exhibited quirky “If I Never Get Back To Hackensack.”

The center of the album revolves around such songs as “Going Down To Nashville” and “Voices,” which deal with life from his 77 year old perspective.

Tom Rush is like an old friend who stops by every few years and then disappears for a while. Voices is his latest calling card and it is well-worth the visit.

Rating: ***1/2

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