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Before signaling the start of the singer/songwriter era with 1968's The Circle Game, Tom Rush made his name as a solid folk singer on the Cambridge, Mass., music scene. After several albums for various labels, Rush landed on Elektra Records and recorded this self-titled collection of blues and folk traditionals. (It's not to be confused with his Columbia Records debut, 1970's Tom Rush.) His love for classic American music is evident in these hard-rocking acoustic renditions of Kokomo Arnold's "Milk Cow Blues," Bukka White's "Panama Limited," and public domain tunes such as "Black Mountain Blues" and "The Cuckoo." His singing is tougher throughout these early albums than the restrained and assured style of his later work. But these tracks represent the earnest roots of a man who's proven to have an unerring ear for a song.

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Exceptional Album

A great album with some very strong lyrics and guitar riffs. One of the few albums that I listen to straight through without skipping a weak song or two, as I don't think that there are any.


Born: 08 February 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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