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.
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