Tom Rush


Mojo (UK) - - Filter Albums - Colin Ir­win

Green­wich Vil­lage folk leg­end finds his mojo. Renowned as an out­stand­ing gui­tarist, a fine bluesy singer and renowned cham­pion of other song­writ­ers (he cov­ered early Joni Mitchell, James Tay­lor and Jack­son Browne), at the age of 77, Tom Rush be­lat­edly ap­pears to have mas­tered the art of song­writ­ing him­self. Apart from No Re­grets – a ma­jor hit for The Walker Broth­ers – Rush’s pre­vi­ous song­writ­ing out­put has been sparse; but, nine years af­ter his pre­vi­ous al­bum What I Know, this is his first of al­most en­tirely orig­i­nal ma­te­rial (there is a pleas­ingly re­laxed read­ing of Co­rina Co­rina). None of these new songs will stop the traf­fic, but it is a very warm, un­der­stated col­lec­tion, con­vey­ing the re­as­sur­ance of old-time Nashville, rem­i­nis­cent of a smi­ley, weather-beaten Wil­lie Nel­son. A top-notch sup­port­ing cast, in­clud­ing the great Sam Bush on man­dolin and fid­dle, Al Perkins on Do­bro and pedal steel, and Matt Nakoa on key­boards, main­tain pace and keep the spirit strictly feel-good.

Neko Case: ex­pert on in­fer­nal af­fairs.

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