Hotwalker

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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: 3/1/2005
  • Label: Hightone Records
  • UPC: 012928817721
  • Catalog Number: 8177
  • Sales rank: 210,927

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Pilgrim Land - Reverend Baybie Hoover (2:19)
  2. 2 Old America (4:02)
  3. 3 Hotwalker (4:07)
  4. 4 Border Lights (5:49)
  5. 5 Beat Folk (3:01)
  6. 6 Van Ronk (7:05)
  7. 7 Bakersfield (1:22)
  8. 8 Grapevine (3:54)
  9. 9 Woodrow (7:14)
  10. 10 Benediction: Edward Abbey (3:25)
  11. 11 Honky Jazz (4:13)
  12. 12 Swap Meet Jesus (4:21)
  13. 13 Bukowski #1 (2:46)
  14. 14 Harry Partch, Jack Kerouac, Lenny Bruce (6:36)
  15. 15 Bukowski #2 "On the Hustle" (3:11)
  16. 16 Bukowski #3 (1:12)
  17. 17 Requiem (2:55)
  18. 18 Coda: Little Jack Horton (1:31)
  19. 19 America the Beautiful (2:14)
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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, Mastering
Samuel A. Ward Composer
Dick Reeves Art Direction
Katherine Lee Bates Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    If you like Tom's Music - Don't waste your money

    There is very little music in this albumn. A lot of stories, but no music.

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