Wrong End of the Rainbow by Tom Rush on Apple Music

10 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

The hints of country-rock on 1970's Tom Rush album are more pronounced on Wrong End of the Rainbow, Tom Rush's second release of the year. David Bromberg's pedal steel guitar partially explains this shift, but the vocal harmonies with guitarist Trevor Veitch also illustrate the slight change in perspective. Again, Rush makes smart use of covers, including Jesse Winchester's touching "Biloxi" and James Taylor's classic "Sweet Baby James" and "Riding on a Railroad." However, Rush and Veitch penned several of the album's highlights, including the spirited title track and "Merrimack County," which would become the title of his 1972 album. Just as he established on 1968's landmark album The Circle Game, Rush finds the balance between fantastic songs and restrained but tasteful performances. Organs, pianos, acoustic and electric guitars, and gentle orchestration beautifully color these songs. Paul Armin's violin and viola often set the tone, with Rush using his distinguished vocals to add the final stamp of approval.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The hints of country-rock on 1970's Tom Rush album are more pronounced on Wrong End of the Rainbow, Tom Rush's second release of the year. David Bromberg's pedal steel guitar partially explains this shift, but the vocal harmonies with guitarist Trevor Veitch also illustrate the slight change in perspective. Again, Rush makes smart use of covers, including Jesse Winchester's touching "Biloxi" and James Taylor's classic "Sweet Baby James" and "Riding on a Railroad." However, Rush and Veitch penned several of the album's highlights, including the spirited title track and "Merrimack County," which would become the title of his 1972 album. Just as he established on 1968's landmark album The Circle Game, Rush finds the balance between fantastic songs and restrained but tasteful performances. Organs, pianos, acoustic and electric guitars, and gentle orchestration beautifully color these songs. Paul Armin's violin and viola often set the tone, with Rush using his distinguished vocals to add the final stamp of approval.

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About Tom Rush

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, he was also a fine song interpreter, and had a knack for finding just the right song from new songwriters, being the first to introduce work from then-new songwriters like Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Murray McLauchlan, William Hawkins, and David Wiffen, among others, and found ways to breathe new life into any number of traditional folk, country, and blues numbers, as well. In a five-decade career that has been steady and consistent but hardly lived out in the public spotlight, Rush has recorded a little less than 20 albums, several of them live sets -- a spare output given the length of his recording career, but it is a sturdy legacy by anyone's measure, with at least one of his compositions, the resigned and bittersweet "No Regrets" from 1968, standing as an acknowledged classic in the folk field. To highlight a half century as a performing artist, Rush released Celebrates 50 Years of Music, a live CD and DVD set drawn from a show held at Boston Symphony Hall in December 2012. ~ Steve Leggett

  • ORIGIN
    Portsmouth, NH
  • BORN
    Feb 8, 1941

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