Tom Russell, Calexico, Lucinda, Van Dyke

 

 

New album, due in September, also tips
more than just a random hat to Dylan. But wait, there’s more… Also, check out
the video clip, below.

 

By
Blurt Staff

 

The
Mesabi iron range juts into Minnesota, a desolate deposit of minerals and the
birthplace of Bob Dylan. American composer and storyteller Tom Russell says
that Bob Dylan inspired him to become an artist, and his new ‘Mesabi’ pays tribute with tales that
connect the iron range to the border town of Juarez, Mexico and the myth of
Hollywood celebrity.

 

 

Mesabi Promo-Tom Russell from Eric Temple on Vimeo.

 

 

The
album is out Sept 6 on Shout! Factory and features twangy rock, country and
Mexican folk plus the guest talents of Calexico, Van Dyke Parks and Lucinda
Williams.

 

Co-produced
by Russell and keyboardist Barry Walsh, and recorded in several different
studios in Tucson, Texas, Nashville and Los Angeles, ‘Mesabi’ is the 26th album
from an artist whose songs have been recorded by such icons as Johnny Cash,
Dave Van Ronk, Jerry Jeff Walker, Doug Sahm and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, among
others.

‘Mesabi’ draws inspiration
from American icons like Dylan, Elizabeth Taylor, James Dean and the perilous
town of Juarez, Mexico, close to where Tom lives. Says Russell, “The
puzzle is that [Juarez is] the most dangerous city in the world and El Paso,
just over the bridge, is the safest city in the United States.”

 

Russell
has other irons in the fire a swell. Filmmaker Monte Hellman (‘Two-Lane
Blacktop’) demanded that his new songs be included in his new film ‘Road To Nowhere;’ a book of 60 of
Russell’s paintings will be released this fall on Bang Tail Press; a
documentary about his life, ‘Don’t Look
Down,
‘ will be released soon; and he will be touring the US in September
and October.

 

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