The Man from God Knows Where

The Man from God Knows Where

by Tom Russell


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The Man from God Knows Where

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/16/1999
Label: Hightone Records
UPC: 0012928809924
catalogNumber: 8099

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tom Russell   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Dolores Keane   Background Vocals
Iris DeMent   Piano,Background Vocals
Walt Whitman & the Soul Children   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
Erik Hillestad   Producer

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The Man from God Knows Where 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.