What I Know

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
It's hard to believe that What I Know marked the first Tom Rush studio album in 35 years when it was released in early 2009. But it's true -- although he released quite a bit of studio material in the first decade of his career, and has remained active as a touring musician since the mid-'70s, this is the first studio product to emerge since then. "Sounds like he's never been away" is the kind of cliché you hear often when these projects appear, but in Rush's case, it seems more appropriate than it does in most such situations. His vocal style remains the same -- good-natured, friendly, and intimate, with a tinge of weary wistfulness. Thankfully, the production, like...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
It's hard to believe that What I Know marked the first Tom Rush studio album in 35 years when it was released in early 2009. But it's true -- although he released quite a bit of studio material in the first decade of his career, and has remained active as a touring musician since the mid-'70s, this is the first studio product to emerge since then. "Sounds like he's never been away" is the kind of cliché you hear often when these projects appear, but in Rush's case, it seems more appropriate than it does in most such situations. His vocal style remains the same -- good-natured, friendly, and intimate, with a tinge of weary wistfulness. Thankfully, the production, like Rush himself, is low-key and, though grounded in folk and country music, has full and varied instrumentation. While there are celebrity cameos in the shape of guest harmony vocals by Emmylou Harris, Nanci Griffith, and Bonnie Bramlett on a track apiece, those are sympathetic complementary contributions, not parts roped in to grab attention. The songs are a comfortable mix of Rush originals (only five; he's never been the most prolific writer), the traditional song "Casey Jones," and nine choices of outside material. The most renowned of the other writers being Eliza Gilkyson (who composed "Fall into the Night"), and the most surprising choice of material, the CD-closing "Drift Away," Rush rearranging that '70s soul hit into something suitably folky and reflective. The good-natured riding-into-the twilight feel of this record might guarantee it won't cause any earthquakes, but Rush has never been that kind of artist, and this record is a solid continuation of the mood he's largely followed all his musical life.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/24/2009
  • Label: Appleseed Records
  • UPC: 611587111524
  • Catalog Number: 1115
  • Sales rank: 123,548

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hot Tonight (1:48)
  2. 2 East of Eden (3:30)
  3. 3 River Song (3:35)
  4. 4 Too Many Memories (3:44)
  5. 5 What I Know (2:46)
  6. 6 All a Man Can Do (4:24)
  7. 7 Fall into the Night (3:56)
  8. 8 Casey Jones (3:05)
  9. 9 You're Not Here with Me (3:22)
  10. 10 What an Old Lover Knows (3:20)
  11. 11 Silly Little Diddle (2:46)
  12. 12 Lonely (3:37)
  13. 13 No One Else But You (3:31)
  14. 14 One Good Man (2:58)
  15. 15 Drift Away (3:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tom Rush Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Nanci Griffith Vocal Harmony
Emmylou Harris Vocal Harmony
Bonnie Bramlett Vocal Harmony
Pat McLaughlin Mandolin, Vocal Harmony
Robin Batteau Violin, Vocal Harmony
John Catchings Cello
John Hedgecoth Jug
Pat McInerney Percussion, Drums, Washboard
Joe Mennonna Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Dave Pomeroy Upright Bass
Suzy Ragsdale Vocal Harmony
Harry Stinson Vocal Harmony
Trevor Veitch Mandocello, Guitar (Nylon String)
Pete Wasner Piano, Hammond Organ, Wurlitzer
Fats Kaplin Fiddle, Mandolin, Pedal Steel Guitar
Thomm Jutz Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Technical Credits
Eliza Gilkyson Composer
Tom Rush Arranger, Composer
Jack Tempchin Composer
John Brannen Composer
Jim Rooney Producer
Richard Dean Composer
David Hoffner Composer
Joe Mennonna Engineer
David K. Shipley Mastering
Trevor Veitch Engineer
Pete Wasner Engineer
Mentor Williams Composer
Kim Beard Day Composer
Traditional Composer
A.J. Swearingen Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Long Awaited Tom Rush Studio Album Doesn't Dissapoint.

    Being a longtime fan of folksinger Tom Rush, I eagerly anticipated the arrival of his first studio album in about 30 years; after several spins on my CD player, I decided that it was well worth the wait! Rush has come out with a fine collection of songs(mostly his own self-penned compositions)that only serve to enhance his reputation as a fine singer/songwriter, as well as a talented interpreter of other people's material. The standout Rush compositions include the title song, "Hot Tonight", "Silly Little Diddle", and "River Song"; while the standout covers include the Dobie Gray classic, "Drift Away", "Too Many Memories" (w/Emmylou Harris), the anti-war song,"All A Man Can Do", and a new version of the traditional "Casey Jones"(w/Nanci Griffith). The rest? well...overall, it's a great album(in my semi-humble opinion)so do yourself a favor; buy it!

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