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Totma Road

by Robert Palomo

A bluegrass-inspired original that talks about how music can overcome barriers of language and culture and bring people together, even if only for a little while. All profits from this download will be donated to Doctors Without Borders.
Genre: Country: Bluegrass
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Album Notes
In July of 2012, I rode the rugged road to Totma, Russia with Bill Evans & Friends (Barbara Lamb, Tim May, Todd Phillips) to play the Russia-America Bluegrass Jamboree, sponsored by the U.S. Consulate General at Saint Petersburg.

Totma (Тотьма) was formerly one of the main centers of the exploration and the trade with Alaska. The town boasts an amazing number of cathedrals, erected in thanksgiving for successful voyages... a hazardous undertaking centuries ago.

Eventually the discomfort of the road (which was really not all THAT bad for Russia) subsided and the romanticizing of the experience set in. The result is this bluegrassy little tune.

I made a rather grubby recording back in 2012, but now in 2014 with our Fearless Leaders' dauntless efforts aimed at keeping us divided and afraid of each other, I thought it couldn't hurt to spruce it up and share it as a reminder that we all have a lot in common, and that music is one thing that can dissolve the barriers.

All profits from this song on CD Baby will go to support Doctors Without Borders. You can support this effort with your purchase, by sharing this page with friends and family... or both! Thanks in advance for helping me to support this incredible humanitarian organization.

Robert Palomo: Banjo, mandolin, lead vocal, audio & video production
Boris "Bob" Golubiv: guitars, bass, backing vocals (my Russian alter ego!)
Rough Road video footage: flickr/Bev Sykes
Totma festival photos: Diana Kachalova
Totma panorama photo: Wikimedia Commons
Mixed & Mastered at Total Chaos Studio, Toksovo, Russia

Thanks to Bill Evans, Babs Lamb, Tim May, Todd Phillips, Vladimir Gusyev, Anastasia Gusyeva and Andrey Ivanov.

Video of this song is on YouTube. Search for: Totma Road



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