|I was this close to the performers; but--alas--my camera chose this night to break.|
There are several connections. We both:
- have Iowa roots (Russell's father hailed from New Hampton before he migrated to California.)
- adoped El Paso as a second home. (California-bred Russell and his Swiss wife live in the Upper Valley, when not performing or in Europe).
- are roughly the same age.
- are in love with the border --its ambiance and culture.
- feel connection to Minnesota. Mesabi, Russell's latest album (and a great one!) is named for the state's Iron Range, the birthplace region of Bob Dylan. [Listen to Mesabi and purchase it online.]
And we know some El Pasoans in common, I've come to find out. It's not that large a city.
|Left: Thad Beckman, Right: Russell|
At "Goodnight, Juarez" I choked back tears. Don't miss "And God Created Border Towns" which captures the tragedy of the border drug war.
Stories shared from his wide-ranging life held us rapt.
Russell cycles through David Letterman's New York show regularly. He performs in Europe widely. But not so much on the border: it's been years since he's played El Paso.
Advance tickets for his 7 p.m. show are now on sale for $22 at All That Music & Video and at the theater. Entrance day of the show is $25.
As fate has it, I likely will not be in town April 21; I must return to my Iowa life. So I'll miss this Tom Russell concert. I hope you won't.
Tom Russell and Thad Beckman perform the title track from Masabi on this BBC clip.