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Tom Russell

Folk Hotel



Released: 8th Sep 2017


this showcases 13 new Russell originals plus, as one of two bonus tracks, Bob Dylan’s ‘Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues’, a duet with Joe Ely.

Augie Meyers and Eliza Gilkyson also make guest appearances on the album, which was recorded at Congress House studio in Austin, Texas. A signature Tom Russell collection, the wide-ranging subject matter on ‘Folk Hotel’ includes songs and stories about New York’s Chelsea Hotel, a journey up the road from El Paso to Santa Fe, a cowboy song about Ian Tyson refusing to “leave his old horses”, a song for Dylan Thomas - melting into a James Joycean landscape about day in the life of Belfast, a song about Tom meeting J.F.K., another song using only 16th century slang and more.


Folk Hotel


  1. Up In The Old Hotel
  2. Leaving El Paso
  3. I’ll Never Leave These Old Horses
  4. The Sparrow Of Swansea (For Dylan Thomas)
  5. All On A Belfast Morning
  6. Rise Again, Handsome Johnny
  7. Harlan Clancy
  8. The Last Time I Saw Hank
  9. The Light Beyond The Coyote Fence
  10. The Dram House Down In Gutter Lane
  11. The Day They Dredged The Liffey
  12. The Banks Of Montauk
  13. The Road To Santa Fe-O
  14. The Rooftops Of Copenhagen
  15. Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues
  16. Scars On His Ankles