Hotwalker

Hotwalker

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by Tom Russell
     
 

Songwriter Tom Russell has long been possessed by the ghosts and places of history, big and small, from William Faulkner and outlaw Claude Dallas to Jack Johnson, Little Willie John and Bill Haley, from Manzanar to Begenfield. There are also dozens of nameless, facelessSee more details below

Overview

Songwriter Tom Russell has long been possessed by the ghosts and places of history, big and small, from William Faulkner and outlaw Claude Dallas to Jack Johnson, Little Willie John and Bill Haley, from Manzanar to Begenfield. There are also dozens of nameless, faceless denizens barely hanging on to the fringes on both sides of the border, cheated endlessly by life yet becoming archetypes in the American myth of Russell's songs. Hotwalker is subtitled "Charles Bukowski and a Ballad for Gone America." This is Russell's latest conceptual work, a palette of excess lovingly offered to the heroes of his life, those that defined for him the America that has been erased from the popular psychic topography and has entered into the hallways of myth and memory. This is a record of Russell's aesthetic life and era. Bukowski is the big patron saint in these songs and monologues, as are Dave Van Ronk, Edward Abbey, Jack Kerouac, Harry Partch, Ramblin Jack Elliot, and fabled circus performer Little Jack Horton. The voices of many of these icons waft through the proceedings. Horton was recorded specifically for this offering, but Abbey, Bukowski, Kerouac (accompanied by Steve Allen), Lenny Bruce and Partch are all here too. Singling out these songs would be a disservice to Russell and to this recording. This is the most haggard of Russell's albums. It's a wreck in many ways, full of bloated lines and hackneyed melodies and near ranted spoken word pieces. But it hardly matters because polish isn't what fuels a project like this; inspiration is. And Hotwalker is drenched in inspiration, possessed by it, compelled and driven by it to realize something beyond speech or music; some spectral presence hovers here, and remains for a bit after the set ends. That is its achievement: that one can not only feel Russell's passion, but can nearly see the scenes and people he portrays here. This is not easy listening, but it just may be necessary.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/01/2005
Label:
Hightone Records
UPC:
0012928817721
catalogNumber:
8177
Rank:
19991

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tom Russell   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Lenny Bruce   Vocals,Spoken Word
Jack Kerouac   Vocals,Spoken Word
Harry Partch   Vocals
Tony Campise   Flute,Saxophone
Charles Bukowski   Vocals,Spoken Word
Dave Van Ronk   Guitar,Vocals
Ramblin' Jack Elliott   Vocals
Mark Hallman   Vocals
Andrew Hardin   Guitar,Vocals
Redd Volkaert   Guitar
Jack Elliott   Spoken Word
Chris Gibson   Drums
Gretchen Peters   Vocals
Fats Kaplin   Fiddle,Pedal Steel Guitar,Accordion
Joel Jose Guzman   Accordion
Billy "Dee" Donahue   Bass
Jim "Miracle" Murphy   Pedal Steel Guitar
Edward Abbey   Vocals
Virginia Brown   Vocals,Spoken Word
Reverend Baybie Hoover   Vocals
Mikael Lorca Martin   Mandolin
Jim Murphy   Steel Guitar
Joel Guzman   Accordion
Michael Lorca Martin   Mandolin

Technical Credits

Tom Russell   Composer,Producer,Art Direction,Paintings,Audio Production
Mark Hallman   Engineer
Samuel A. Ward   Composer
Dick Reeves   Art Direction
Katherine Lee Bates   Composer

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