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Storyteller, Poet, Philosopher

Tom T. Hall

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Tom T. Hall’s songs feel as comfortable as a pair of old shoes — but that doesn’t mean they can’t pinch the conscience a little. In his heyday, this Nashville legend composed vignettes of American life with the touch of a master miniaturist. Poet, Storyteller, Philosopher is the best all-around compilation of Hall’s work, extending from his first country hit (1967’s “I Washed My Face in the Morning Dew”) through such later Top Ten singles as 1980’s “The Old Side of Town.” What stands out here is Hall’s eye for detail and affection for life’s bit players and unsung heroes. Tunes like “The Year That Clayton Delaney Died,” ”Ballad of Forty Dollars,” and “Strawberry Farms” reveal deep empathy (and at times slow-burning rage) behind their folksy veneers. Hall didn’t mind putting a populist spin on issues of the day, as “Watergate Blues” and “The Monkey That Became President” indicates. At his best, he mixed sentimentality, humor and insight into songs that spoke to millions, yet retained their individual stamp. Poet, Storyteller, Philosopher – Hall is all of them and more in these tracks. Tom T. Hall’s songs feel as comfortable as a pair of old shoes — but that doesn’t mean they can’t pinch the conscience a little. In his heyday, this Nashville legend composed vignettes of American life with the touch of a master miniaturist. Poet, Storyteller, Philosopher is the best all-around compilation of Hall’s work, extending from his first country hit (1967’s “I Washed My Face in the Morning Dew”) through such later Top Ten singles as 1980’s “The Old Side of Town.” What stands out here is Hall’s eye for detail and affection for life’s bit players and unsung heroes. Tunes like “The Year That Clayton Delaney Died,” ”Ballad of Forty Dollars,” and “Strawberry Farms” reveal deep empathy (and at times slow-burning rage) behind their folksy veneers. Hall didn’t mind putting a populist spin on issues of the day, as “Watergate Blues” and “The Monkey That Became President” indicates. At his best, he mixed sentimentality, humor and insight into songs that spoke to millions, yet retained their individual stamp. Poet, Storyteller, Philosopher – Hall is all of them and more in these tracks.

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Storyteller, Poet, Philosopher

I am wondering why while downloading this album more than 10 songs would not download? Other than that the ones I did get are wonderful!! Tom T. Hall is a classic!!

Storyteller, Poet, Philosopher

Excellent songs by Tom T. Hall. I almost have all his songs now and will continue to listen and cherish his style of music.

Biography

Born: May 25, 1936 in Olive Hill, KY

Genre: Country

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

Tom T. Hall is known as a storyteller, a songwriter with a keen eye for detail and a knack for narrative. Many musicians have covered his songs — most notably Jeannie C. Riley's 1968 hit "Harper Valley P.T.A." — and he also...
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