Monday, February 6, 2012

Tom Rush old this week?!

My earliest memories of Tom Rush are of laying in the top army bunk with my closest brother (yes, we were a large family; sometimes four to a room) and listening to his self-titled 1970 LP on our cheap stereo, over…and over…and over… and over…’til one of us mustered up the energy to climb out of bed and turn it over to side 2…repeat process…
That voice…those songs…putting his distinctive stamp on soon to be famous songwriters I’d never heard of…Jackson Browne, Murray McLaughlin, John Estes, and some I HAD experienced…Fred Neil, James Taylor…
Flash forward…it’s 1981, I’m a Boston-ite…what’ya mean the New Year’s Eve concert at Symphony Hall is sold out?!?
Luckily I’ve had a chance to see him perform oft-times since, as recently as the WUMB Gala (see video above) about a year and a half ago, and the Scituate Heritage Festival at about the same time…and STILL! As arresting and entertaining a performer at (almost) 71 as he was 30 years ago and (I gather) almost 50 years ago as well!
Tom Rush does indeed turn 71 this Wednesday the 8th, and across the board (Perry, Marilyn, Dave, Jay & George) we plan on paying tribute to the man who’s music has touched so many in a myriad of ways.
What Tom Rush classic would you like to re-experience this coming Wednesday?
- Albert O


  1. Something in the way she moves

  2. Saw Tom Rush on the Worcester Common in the early '80s doing a free summer concert. Dragged my then 5 & 6 year olds to see him. I have a picture that was in the newspaper the next day of them in the front row completely focused on him. They both have been in bands since grammar school. Was that a pivotal moment for them? I'd like to think so!
    Would love to hear No Regrets/Rockport Sunday and Urge for Going.

  3. 1971 - playing the album 'classic rush' over, and over and over. Tom has a way of singing someone else's song and twisting your gut a little with his delivery eg."shadow dream song". And he can do it with his self-penned, like 'No Regrets/Rockport Sunday". (I wanna hear that wrenching Walker Brothers cover on Wednesday!) Rush sings like he knows about your life. Saw him at the Bull Run a few years back, was introduced to him briefly at The Main Point at a Harry Chapin show, or I might be dreaming it. Also wore out 'Merrimack County' and 'Wrong End of the Rainbow'. Thanks, Albert for making such a big deal about 'little Tommy Rush from New Hamp-shire" – Felice

    PS one more thing: how brilliant was he to cover 'unknown' brilliant songwriters so early on; now THAT'S genius.

  4. Urge for going. WBZ radio. Sunday evening folk show? 1967 or 1968?

  5. Listening to "Urge for Going" in 1966, looking out my dorm window at BC, watching the leaves turn colors and musing "I'd like to call back summer time and have her stay another month or so . . . ."