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Tom Rush : Biography

Tom Rush : Biography
General November 14, 2010
  • Greenwich Village not only became a magnet for songwriters, it also attracted interpreters of folk and country blues. Nobody did it better than Tom Rush, a thoughtful, immaculate stylist who exquisitely adapted others’ material.

    Rush emerged from the Boston and Cambridge scene, and by the time he signed to Elektra, he had already recorded two albums for Prestige in 1963 that revealed him to be an accomplished bottleneck guitarist. His Elektra debut, Tom Rush, is simply masterful, and his version of Bukka White‘s “The Panama Limited” beyond compare.

    When Rush came to record his second LP, Take A Little Walk With Me, much of his repertoire had been used.  The second side of the album showed that, like Bob Dylan, he was more than just a folkie – with Al Kooper leading a full electric band, including Bruce Langhorne and Harvey Brooks, through a set of Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, and Buddy Holly songs.

    By Rush’s third and final Elektra album in 1969, he decided to adopt a more modern approach. The Circle Game featured songs by the then unknown James Taylor, Jackson Browne, and Joni Mitchell, probably the three biggest stars-to-be of the confessional school of song writing prevalent in the ‘70s. Tom Rush's own songwriting contribution was the poignant ‘’No Regrets,” easily the definitive version of this much-recorded song.

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Greenwich Village not only became a magnet for songwriters, it also attracted interpreters of folk and country blues. Nobody did it better than Tom Rush, a thoughtful, immaculate stylist who exquisitely adapted others’ material.

Rush emerged from the Boston and Cambridge scene, and by the time he signed to Elektra, he had already recorded two albums for Prestige in 1963 that revealed him to be an accomplished bottleneck guitarist. His Elektra debut, Tom Rush, is simply masterful, and his version of Bukka White‘s “The Panama Limited” beyond compare.

When Rush came to record his second LP, Take A Little Walk With Me, much of his repertoire had been used.  The second side of the album showed that, like Bob Dylan, he was more than just a folkie – with Al Kooper leading a full electric band, including Bruce Langhorne and Harvey Brooks, through a set of Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, and Buddy Holly songs.

By Rush’s third and final Elektra album in 1969, he decided to adopt a more modern approach. The Circle Game featured songs by the then unknown James Taylor, Jackson Browne, and Joni Mitchell, probably the three biggest stars-to-be of the confessional school of song writing prevalent in the ‘70s. Tom Rush's own songwriting contribution was the poignant ‘’No Regrets,” easily the definitive version of this much-recorded song.

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