Tom Russell rivals Springsteen and Mellencamp as he chronicles the dreams and heartaches of working people, immigrants,
and society's outcasts. From touching ballads to hard country rockers, every cut makes listening worthwhile.
This is a record that greatly deserves wider exposure.
These songs offer Tom Russell's acute and often poetic observations on the lives of ordinary and extraordinary people
the world over, laced with convincing little real-life details, backed by one of the toughest roots-rock bands you'll ever hear. Russell's popular among his fellow songwriters, too: co-writers on this album include Nanci Griffith, Ian Tyson, Dan Zanes (of the Del Fuegos) and Katy Moffatt.
"Tell my family don't worry, I will not return to cause them shame"
Gallo del Ciello - Not only one of the best songs you'll ever hear about cock-fighting, one of the best ever.
Includes front Cover
01. Blue Wing
02. The Heart Of The Working Man
03. Veteran's Day
04. Walkin' On The Moon
05. Outbound Plane
07. Spanish Burgundy
08. Gallo Del Cielo
09. La Frontera
10. Navajo Rug
11. Under The Gun
12. The White Trash Song
One of Russell's best albums, Poor Man's Dream is dominated by inspired folk/rock performances and by songs that sound
like classics that have been around forever.
In fact, Russell wrote 11 of the dozen tracks within a few years of the disc's release (though he had help on a few
numbers from the likes of Katy Moffatt, Nancy Griffith, and Ian Tyson).
Picking standouts on an album this strong isn't easy, but if pressed you might name "Walkin on the Moon," which is
about falling in love; the melancholy "Spanish Burgundy"; "Gallo del Cielo," about a man trying to win the money to
buy back his father's land; and "Navajo Rug," a nostalgic look at old times and an old love.
Today many of these songs sound like standards; someday, one suspects, they will be. ~ Jeff Burger, AMG.
Dave Alvin was supposed to have been ready to quit the music business, but hearing Blue Wing inspired him to soldier on
in the hope that one day he'd write a song like that.