The Man from God Knows Where

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All Music Guide - Jeff Burger
Tom Russell had been releasing great records for about 25 years by the time he issued this album, but he outdoes himself here. Eight years in the making, The Man from God Knows Where is a song cycle inspired by America's pioneers and, particularly, Russell's own immigrant ancestors; but it probably comes at least as much from the artist's imagination as from historical fact. Be that as it may, he does a terrific job of conjuring up the hard realities faced by America's early immigrants. The performances, meanwhile, are even more adventurous than you've come to expect from Russell. Featuring guest spots by Iris DeMent, Dave Van Ronk and others, the album mixes music of the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jeff Burger
Tom Russell had been releasing great records for about 25 years by the time he issued this album, but he outdoes himself here. Eight years in the making, The Man from God Knows Where is a song cycle inspired by America's pioneers and, particularly, Russell's own immigrant ancestors; but it probably comes at least as much from the artist's imagination as from historical fact. Be that as it may, he does a terrific job of conjuring up the hard realities faced by America's early immigrants. The performances, meanwhile, are even more adventurous than you've come to expect from Russell. Featuring guest spots by Iris DeMent, Dave Van Ronk and others, the album mixes music of the American West with that of Ireland and Norway and, somehow, it all holds together. A fine, fine collection.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/16/1999
  • Label: Hightone Records
  • UPC: 012928809924
  • Catalog Number: 8099
  • Sales rank: 67,355

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tom Russell Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Dolores Keane Background Vocals
Iris DeMent Piano, Background Vocals
Walt Whitman's Soul Children of Chicago Background Vocals
Dave Van Ronk Background Vocals
Hank Bones Trombone, Trumpet
Andrew Hardin Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Annbjørg Lien Fiddle, Key Harp
JøRun BøGeberg Bass
Anders Engen Drums
Eoin O'Riabhaigh uillean pipes, tin whistle
Kari Bremnes Background Vocals
Sondre Bratland Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Tom Russell Arranger, Liner Notes
Asle Karstad Engineer
Traditional Composer
T. L. Seibert Composer
Erik Hillestad Producer
Eileen Newton Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    How I discovered Tom Russell

    I discovered Tom Russell because I am a Nanci Griffith fan (thank you Nanci!). The two best cuts are "The Old Northern Shore" and "Throwin' Horseshoes at the Moon". The two "Outcast" tracks by Dave Van Ronk just don't fit very well. But, since Tom put them in there, I'll reserve judgement. I have several albums on vinyl and CD that I have been listening to on a weekly basis for many years, including John Stewart's California Bloodlines, Alan Parsons Project Turn of a Friendly Card, and Styx Paradise Theater. I have already added "The Man From God Knows Where" to my "weekly" stack.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The BEST.

    In my opinion, The Man From God Knows Where is the best album by anyone in the past 25 years. The conception, the writing and the performances, by Tom Russell and his various guest stars, is superb.

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