Free Music Downloads: Tom Russell – Veteran’s Day, The Anthology

Staff | November 19th, 2008

Tom Russell

If you’ve only recently come to country music, or have never delved past the genre’s surface and it’s most famous names, you may not have heard of Tom Russell. That’s a shame, and The 9513′s Free Music series is here to help set you down the right path.

Russell has a new two-disc anthology out, and our friends at Shout Factory have agreed to let us offer a pair of tracks for free download.

From the official blurb about Veteran’s Day: The Tom Russell Anthology

“Born in Los Angeles in 1953, the masterful songwriter now lives on the El Paso-Juarez border. Raised on the American West’s cowboy music, Russell’s musical style emerged as a mix of this as well as country, Tex-Mex and folk. Russell has recorded 25 albums and his songs have been covered by artists such as Johnny Cash, Nancy Griffith, Joe Ely, k.d. Lang, Suzy Bogguss, and Ramblin´ Jack Elliott. Tom Russell, who along with Dave Alvin was a pioneer of the Americana radio format, has received awards from ASCAP, CMA, and Folk Alliance, among others. Russell has appeared on “The Late Show With David Letterman” four times in the last few years.”

Veteran’s Day tracklist:

Disc: 1
1. Joshua Tree
2. Cropduster
3. One and One
4. U.S. Steel
5. Home Before Dark
6. Navajo Rug
7. Veteran’s Day
8. Outbound Plane
9. Gallo del Cielo
10. Haley’s Comet
11. Manzanar
12. Cleaning Windows with Van Morrison
13. Tulare Dust/They’re Tearin’ the Labor Camps Down with Merle Haggard
14. The Rose of the San Joaquin
15. Out in California
16. St. Olav’s Gate
17. Big Water
18. The Angel of Lyon
19. Blue Wing
20. Beyond the Blues

Disc: 2

1. The Sky Above, The Mud Below
2. Throwin’ Horseshoes at the Moon
3. Down the Rio Grande
4. California Snow
5. Touch of Evil
6. Isaac Lewis
7. Kid from Spavinaw
8. Tonight We Ride
9. Grapevine
10. Van Ronk
11. The Pugilist at 59
12. Ash Wednesday
13. Stealing Electricity
14. Who’s Gonna Build Your Wall?
15. The Death of Jimmy Martin
16. Dark Angel
17. Roll the Credits

Free MP3 Downloads from Veteran’s Day

  • “Out in California” (Download — 3.6 MB)
  • “Who’s Gonna Build Your Wall” (Download — 3.6 MB)

Veteran’s Day: The Tom Russell Anthology on Amazon.

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  1. Brody Vercher
    November 19, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    The only Russell album I have is Indians Cowboys Horses Dogs, but I’ve placed almost his whole catalog on this year’s Christmas list in hopes that his other albums are of comparable quality.

    I’m only familiar with a handful of these other songs, but of the ones I know, I’d highly recommend “Gallo Del Cielo,” “Navajo Rug” and “Tonight We Ride.”

  2. Kelly
    November 19, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    Call me crazy, but i really liked “stealing electricity”. a tad hokey, but i love it….

  3. Amazace
    November 19, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    BIG fan of Tom Russell. he’s a living legend! Tulare Dust, Down The Rio Grande, The Rose of San Joaquin. His work with Dave Alvin and Joe Ely…great music.


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