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Tom Rush emerged from the ‘60s Cambridge folk scene and established himself as a master interpreter with his exemplary 1968 album The Circle Game, where he drew attention to the songwriting of Jackson Browne, Joni Mitchell, and James Taylor. Though he soldiered on through the ‘70s with equally enticing material, Rush was never a prolific writer or recording artist. What I Know is his first studio album in over 30 years and sounds as if it could have been birthed in the ‘70s alongside the rest of his catalog. The voice is in fine form — it remains the definition of “warm.” The arrangements are every bit as restrained and tasteful, unpretentious and serving the songs with great understatement. Emmylou Harris, Nanci Griffith, and Bonnie Bramlett guest harmony on a track apiece, but Rush remains the central star. His unhurried delivery mixed with the country-folk arrangements make for wistful tunes (“River Song,” “Too Many Memories”) that evoke images of a wise, old acoustic troubadour settled in the corner of the club. Positively exquisite.

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"The Circle Game," 40 years later

It's so good to hear new (and newly-recorded) material from Tom Rush. It's been 40 years since the release of "The Circle Game," Tom's masterwork, and this collection of songs represents exactly what you'd expect the narrative voice of that early album to sound like all these years later. After years of wandering and searching, "River Song" ("River runs so sweet/ I may not roam no more") represents the conclusion of the quest begun in "Urge for Going" and the later "Child's Song." And "What an Old Lover Knows" is a perfect addendum to "The Circle Game," describing what the child who ended that song at 20 is like at 60. The music, infused with a country feel, is something of a departure from Tom's straight folk or rock approach in previous recordings as well as in concert, but feels exactly right here. This is a mature, honest, beautiful work.

No Regrets!

There are no regrets that Tom Rush has his first studio album in over 30 years. Tom, glad you're back in the studio! We mised you. This album will fit in nicely with his catologue of work. I liked the reworking of Dobie Gray's tune, Drift Away. Fall Into the Night and Hot Tonight are very listenable at first blush, as is the whole album! Cleary, Tom has not lost his drivin' wheel.

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Buy this Album. It's worth every minute of the 35 year wait, Tom Rush has never sounded better.


Born: February 8, 1941 in Portsmouth, NH

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

With his warm and slightly world-weary baritone voice, solid acoustic guitar playing, and gifted if hardly prolific songwriting skills, Tom Rush was one of the finest and most unsung performers to come out of the '60s urban folk revival. Born February 8, 1941 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Rush began his performing career in 1961 while attending Harvard University (where he majored in English literature), and he soon became a regular on the east coast folk circuit. A careful, unhurried songwriter,...
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