ARTIST: Tom Rush
TITLE: Tom Rush
YEAR RELEASED: 1965
CHART ACTION: None
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: A lot of traditional and old folk and blues songs here.
LINEUP: Tom Rush, John Sebastian, Felix Pappalardi, Bill Lee
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Young folk singer gets a break in signing to Elektra and records an album that has tendrils in the blues and soul.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Tom Rush is known, if that, for his songs than his performance. He faded into the background after the 60’s turned to the 70’s. But in the 60’s he was an emerging artist in the folk, later folk-rock, later later singer-songwriter, movements.
This was his first break, as Elektra was then known as the folk singers label of choice (if you weren’t Dylan – and who was?) Instead of traditional folk with nice acoustic guitars and plaintive vocals, he leans into the songs. He also chose to record several older blues songs, and a lot of Woody Guthrie that is more in line with the traditional blues than purist folk.
Performing on many songs with help on bass, harmonica and another guitar, Rush rolls through 13 tracks and it doesn’t bore a rock listener. These are solid folk interpretations and had folk been more prominent in the late 60’s he could have been big.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: He attended Harvard and majored in English Literature and was part of the fertile Boston folk scene in the early 60’s.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: A-: This is an acoustic folk album that even non-folkies can love.