LIVE: Tom Rush @ the Eighth Step at Proctors, 5/15/15

May 28th, 2015, 4:00 pm by Greg
Tom Rush

Tom Rush

Review by Don Wilcock
Photographs by Mary Kozlowski

Tom Rush calls himself simply “a generalist,” a self-deprecating understatement that proved way insufficient in defining his sumptuous nearly three-hour, two-set concert at the Eighth Step at Proctors recently. His tour-de-force performance featured his own signature song “No Regrets” from early in his career as Boston’s best voice of the ’60s folk boom and his career-defining The Circle Game, which introduced Joni Mitchell’s songwriting to the world.

Criss-crossing genres, he re-invigorated Dobie Gray’s pop ode to the palliative properties of music on “Drift Away,” and encored with an energetic acoustic version of “Who Do You Love” that somehow managed to inject as much potency into that Bo Diddley rockin’ blues classic as Diddley himself did in the ’50s with his plugged-in rectangular guitar. Rush joked about songwriter Lee Clayton telling him he’d written the outlaw country number “Ladies Love Outlaws” especially for Tom and then postulated that Lee probably said the same thing to Waylon Jennings, who had a hit with it.

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LIVE: Tom Rush @ the Eighth Step at Proctors, 4/9/11

April 12th, 2011, 5:00 pm by Greg

Tom Rush (photo by Ed Conway)

Singer-songwriter Tom Rush made a solo return trip to Schenectady at Proctors’ Eighth Step, and throughout his two hour-long sets, it was easy to see he was very comfortable in front of a crowd. It was clear from the beginning that Rush is not merely a musician standing in front of an audience running through his songs, but instead, a storyteller who happens to play guitar and sing.

Through his songs and stories, he guided the listener’s imagination wherever he wanted to go. He could switch from wildly hilarious (such as “Making The Best Of A Bad Situation”) to the introspective “Child’s Song.” Most of his songs struck a nerve with his listeners as they were taken from real life experiences that everyone could identify with. In looking at the people in the nearly full GE Theater, one could see why “The Remember Song” was so funny, as the graying crowd could see themselves as they grapple with minor forgetfulness – some may still be looking for their keys. Rush seemed quite impressed that the YouTube video of the song had more than four million views, at least until, as his wife pointed out, that a clip of an elephant burping was not far behind.

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Tom Rush, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

March 25th, 2010, 1:05 pm by Greg

Tom Rush

Photo: Bruce W. Bedford

“Hmmmmm, the first record album that I bought?

Well, I remember being given Pete Seeger’s ‘Cotton Needs a Pickin’ So Bad’ on 78 when I was a kid. And the year that Tennessee Ernie Ford had a hit with ‘Sixteen Tons,’ I think about eight different people gave me a copy of that 45 for Christmas.

But the first album that I ever bought might have been Presley’s first album. That might have been it. I also bought a lot of Josh White albums very early on, but, no, Presley would have pre-dated that.”

Veteran folksinger Tom Rush teams up with Roger McGuinn for a double-bill at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, Mass. on Saturday night.

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