…And he’s back with 15 tracks
by Holly Tsang
Apr 06, 2010 | 4915 views | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend | print

After a 36-year hiatus from the recording studio, Tom Rush swoops back onto the scene with a new studio album featuring a star-studded lineup of guest vocalists including Emmylou Harris and Nanci Griffith. Over the last three decades he has toured steadily and released several live albums, but this is his first studio-recorded album in over three decades, and fans will agree that the long overdue What I Know was worth the wait.

Don’t let the retro ‘70s AM cover fool you; his sound is still as fresh as any modern-day folk artist, if not more so. Over the course of 15 tracks, Rush takes you for an acoustic journey down through the past or towards the future. One can’t help but notice the variety of songs and how they are able to evoke different emotions and moods with just one listen.

You’ll find yourself thinking back on lost loves during “You’re Not Here With Me.” “All A Man Can Do” is a ballad about acceptance of life’s unknowns. “What I Know” is an upbeat, refreshing track that will have young fans of the 30-something acoustic artist Jack Johnson tapping their feet and whistling along.

The album ends with Rush’s cover of “Drift Away” (also known to some as the “Give Me The Beat, Boys” song), complete with cello accompaniment, making for a moving homage to the ‘70s. In regard to Rush and the popular “Drift Away” song, some things really do get better with age.

Tom Rush has created an album that will sustain listeners for another few decades until the release of his next album.

Visit www.tomrush.com today to preview tracks from What I Know. Tom Rush will be performing a concert at First Unitarian Church in Brooklyn on April 10. To get tickets, “rush” on over to www.firstacoustics.org.
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