Tom Russell | The Rose of Roscrae: A Ballad of the West

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The Rose of Roscrae: A Ballad of the West

by Tom Russell

Highly anticipated double-album folk opera features legendary Americana icons Jimmie Dale Gilmore, David Olney, Joe Ely, Augie Meyers, Jimmy LaFave, Gretchen Peters, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, and many others.
Genre: Folk: Singer/Songwriter
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1. Overture (feat. Jimmie Dale Gilmore & The Norwegian Wind Ensemble)
2:56 album only
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2. This Is the Last Frontier
1:13 album only
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3. Guilty / Johnny Behind-the-Deuce
5:38 album only
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4. Sam Hall (feat. Johnny Cash)
0:59 album only
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5. The Rose of Roscrae
5:33 album only
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6. Hair Trigger Heart
5:04 album only
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7. He'll Be Dead Before He Hits the Ground (feat. Joe Ely & Augie Meyers)
1:20 album only
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8. You Gotta Have a Dance / St. James Hospital (feat. Fats Kaplin & Moses Clear Rock Platt)
2:41 album only
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9. Ain't No More Cane On the Brazos (feat. Jimmy Lafave & Gretchen Peters)
3:18 album only
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10. The Last Running
5:32 album only
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11. Home On the Range / America (feat. Walt Whitman)
1:13 album only
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12. Just a Closer Walk (feat. Augie Meyers)
2:24 album only
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13. Cowboy Voices Beyond the Campfire (feat. Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Jack Hardy, David Massengill & Tex Ritter)
2:02 album only
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14. He Wasn't a Bad Kid, When He Was Sober
4:43 album only
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15. The Sidekick's Last Testament (feat. David Olney)
2:15 album only
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16. Johnny's Campfire Soliloquy, #1
1:36 album only
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17. The Unfortunate Rake / The Streets of Laredo (feat. A.L. Lloyd & Jimmie Dale Gilmore)
1:48 album only
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18. The Hands of Damien
2:17 album only
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19. This Is the Last Frontier / Campfire Soliloquy, #2
1:41 album only
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20. Carrickfergus / The Water Is Wide (feat. Finbar Furey)
4:33 album only
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21. The Fairground Pugilist (feat. Sourdough Slim)
1:31 album only
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22. Campfire Soliloquy, #3
1:07 album only
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23. Campfire Ghosts / Cowboy Voices (feat. Blackie Farrell, Ross Knox, Glenn Orhlin & Pat Russell)
2:16 album only
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24. Crazy Horse / Custer's Luck (feat. John Trudell & Thad Beckman)
2:43 album only
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25. Johnny Behind-the-Deuce, #2 (Molokai)
1:28 album only
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26. She Talks to God
3:21 album only
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27. Rock of Ages / Gunpowder Sunset Overture (feat. Norwegian Wind Ensemble)
2:52 album only
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28. The Water Is Wide / Overture (feat. Maura O’Connell & Norwegian Wind Ensemble)
2:33 album only
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29. I Talk to God (feat. Maura O’Connell)
3:13 album only
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30. The Bear (feat. Eliza Gilkyson)
2:53 album only
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31. The Railroad Boy (feat. Eliza Gilkyson)
1:04 album only
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32. Resurrection Mountain
3:46 album only
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33. When the Wolves No Longer Sing (feat. Gretchen Peters)
2:59 album only
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34. Just a Closer Walk With Thee / The Gospel of John, Chapter 4 (feat. Augie Meyers)
2:34 album only
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35. Jesus Met the Woman At the Well (feat. Eliza Gilkyson)
2:37 album only
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36. Damien (A Crust of Bread, A Slice of Fish, A Cup of Water)
5:21 album only
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37. Guadalupe / Valentine de la Sierra (feat. Gretchen Peters & Ana Gabriel)
4:22 album only
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38. Poor Mother Mexico
1:20 album only
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39. Gallo del Cielo
1:33 album only
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40. Soliloquy #1 / Swiss Yodel Choir
1:51 album only
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41. En Canadien Errant
1:09 album only
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42. He'll Be Dead Before He Hits the Ground #2 (feat. Joe Ely & Augie Meyers)
1:32 album only
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43. Doin' Hard Time in Texas
3:14 album only
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44. When I Was a Cowboy
1:55 album only
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45. West Texas Montage (feat. Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Guy Clark & Dan Penn)
4:25 album only
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46. Old Rattlebag Blues (Soliloquy #2)
2:35 album only
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47. Midnight Wine
5:22 album only
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48. Whiskey in His Blood
2:31 album only
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49. Tularosa
3:50 album only
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50. Raglan Road / The Lakes of Pontchartrain / The Stable
4:51 album only
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51. Isn't It Grand? (feat. Gurf Morlix, Eliza Gilkyson, Augie Meyers & Pat Manske)
1:48 album only
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52. The Rose of Roscrae 2 (feat. Maura O'Connell)
5:47 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
“An American Masterpiece” isn’t strong enough to describe the significance of this Western saga . . . there’s never been anything like it on the American music scene..”
—Mike Hurshman, KAFM Radio, Colorado

Tom Russell’s anticipated double-album folk opera, The Rose of Roscrae, features a who’s who of legendary Americana icons including:

Jimmie Dale Gilmore, David Olney, Johnny Cash, Joe Ely, Augie Meyers, Fats Kaplin, Barry Walsh, Jimmy LaFave, Gretchen Peters, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Walt Whitman, Moses “Clear Rock” Platt, Jack Hardy, David Massengill, A.L. “Bert” Lloyd, Finbar Furey, Sourdough Slim, Blackie Farrell, Tex Ritter, Glen Orhlin, Pat Russell, John Trudell, Henry Real Bird, Thad Beckman, Maura O’Connell, Eliza Gilkyson, The McCrary Sisters, Ian Tyson, Bonnie Dobson, Lead Belly, Guy Clark, Dan Penn, Gurf Morlix, and Pat Manske. Overture performed by the Norwegian Wind Ensemble, arranged by Mats Hålling, composed by Tom Russell. Produced by Tom Russell and Barry Walsh.

How great is Tom Russell? Isn’t he the best? I’d like to quit my job and travel with him . . . if the money can be worked out.
—David Letterman

For over four decades and 28 album releases Tom Russell has continued to live up to his status as “one of the best singer-­songwriters of our time” (Washington Post). His previous two studio releases, Blood and Candle Smoke (2009) and Mesabi (2011), are considered his strongest composed works yet and were, in part, recorded with the groundbreaking roots band Calexico.

In the 1990s, Russell and Dave Alvin were hailed as the architects of what came to be known as “Americana” music after their Merle Haggard tribute, Tulare Dust, initiated the Americana charts in the U.S. and remained number one for a year. Russell’s previous release, Aztec Jazz (2013), moved Americana into a new realm and his acclaimed song catalog into uncharted territory.

Tom Russell’s songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Doug Sahm, Nanci Griffith, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Dave Alvin, Joe Ely, and others. The Rose of Roscrae is his third in a series of acclaimed folk operas, follows The Man From God Knows Where (1999) and Hotwalker (2005). Russell has also composed movie scores, including songs for the Monte Hellman movie The Road To Nowhere. and published five books, most recently 120 Songs of Tom Russell. An accomplished fine artist, Russell’s paintings are featured in: Blue Horse/Red Desert: The Art of Tom Russell.

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