Sunday, September 13, 2009

Tom Russell - "Santa Ana Winds"

When these old adobe walls
Turn to dust and then they fall
And the creatures of the night call out your name
Mother Nature, she'll grab hold
Of all the things that we've let go
Here comes an ill-intentioned wind that knows your name

I had never heard of Tom Russell before, but I should have.  He has written songs that have been recorded by such artists as Johnny Cash, k. d. lang, Guy Clark, Nanci Griffith, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Iris Dement, Dave Alvin, and Suzy Bogguss; and he has put out more than 20 albums over a span of more than 30 years. "Santa Ana Winds" is a track from his newest album, Blood and Candle Smoke, to be released September 15.  Sung in a baritone voice with a world-weary tremble, Russell is backed up by members of the band Calexico who provide a certain kind of southwestern/Mexican flavor to the song, all the way down to a lonely mariachi trumpet to accent the close of each stanza.

You can read all about him at Tom Russell's bio at Shore Fire.  Russell is a visual artist as well as a musician; you can see many of his works at Tom Russell Art.

Tom Russell links:
Shore Fire

Santa Ana Winds (link to my Tumblr site)
Release date:  9/15/09
Album:  Blood and Candle Smoke
Label:  Shout! Factory

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