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Dave Alvin - 100% match to Tom Russell

Genres: Blues Country & Bluegrass Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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11 November 1955, Los Angeles, California, USA. The country guitarist Dave Alvin had a successful career with his brother Phil in the Blasters, whose best-known song, ‘Marie Marie’, was a UK hit for Shakin’ Stevens. On leaving the band, he worked with the punk band X and scored the movie Border Radio. His solo albums are typical of his career, being a mixture Read more

Slaid Cleaves - 90% match to Tom Russell

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Folk Holiday & Seasonal
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Richard Slaid Cleaves, 9 June 1964, Berwick, Maine, USA. Cleaves’ stark vignettes of desperate people are far from the designer country of the new millennium, and his influences are Woody Guthrie (Cleaves put music to his verse, ‘This Morning I Am Born Again’) and Hank Williams, for whom he recorded a tribute song, ‘29’.Cleave Read more

Jimmie Dale Gilmore - 80% match to Tom Russell

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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6 May 1945, Amarillo, Texas, USA. Gilmore is one of the many singer-songwriters to emerge from Lubbock; he says, ‘People used to ask us why there is so much music in Lubbock and we’d say that maybe it was the UFOs that came through in the early 50s. There was a famous sighting that was known as the Lubbock Lights.’ Apart from such extra-terrestrial help, Gilmo Read more

Joe Ely - 79% match to Tom Russell

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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9 February 1947, Amarillo, Texas, USA. Singer-songwriter and guitarist Ely is one of the most completely realized artists in contemporary country music, especially in the live situation where he excels. His work for MCA Records in the late 70s is latterly regarded as the link between country rock and so-called new country.Ely moved with his parents in Read more

Rodney Crowell - 79% match to Tom Russell

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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7 August 1950, Houston, Texas, USA. Combining careers as a country songwriter, producer and artist, Crowell rose to fame in the 80s as an influential figure in Nashville’s new breed of country traditionalists, along with Emmylou Harris, in whose Hot Band he worked for three years, Rosanne Cash, and fellow songwriters such as Guy Clark. His songs have been covered by Bob Read more

Guy Clark - 77% match to Tom Russell

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Folk Music Videos & Concerts
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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6 November 1941, Rockport, Texas, USA. Clark has achieved considerably more fame as a songwriter than as a performer, although he is revered by his nucleus of fans internationally. Brought up in the hamlet of Monahans, Texas, Clark worked in television during the 60s, and later as a photographer - his work appeared on albums released by the Texan-based International Artists Read more

The Flatlanders - 76% match to Tom Russell

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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The seminal US country band the Flatlanders was formed in Lubbock, Texas, USA, in 1971. The three main members are all singer-songwriters and guitarists; Joe Ely (9 February 1947, Amarillo, Texas, USA), Jimmie Dale Gilmore (b. 6 May 1945, Amarillo, Texas, USA) and Butch Hancock (b. George Hancock, 12 July 1945, Lubbock, Texas, USA). Ely met Gilmore in Lubbock and, realizing Read more

Bruce Robison - 75% match to Tom Russell

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Holiday & Seasonal
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Gretchen Peters - 72% match to Tom Russell

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Westchester County, New York, USA. During the 90s and 00s, Peters established herself as one of America’s most valued country and pop songwriters. She was raised in New York State and then moved to Colorado as a teenager, which is where she first began writing her own songs. Winning a local radio station contest boosted her confidence and by the end of the 80s Peters ha Read more

Mary Gauthier - 69% match to Tom Russell

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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1962, Thibodaux, Louisiana, USA. This New England-based alt country singer-songwriter has plenty of autobiographical material on which to draw from. Adopted at birth, she dropped out of high school at the age of 15, stole the family car and landed in detox barely a year later, spending her eighteenth birthday in a Kansas City jail. She began to turn her life around in her ea Read more

Ray Wylie Hubbard - 68% match to Tom Russell

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1970s 1990s 2000s
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13 November 1946, Soper, Oklahoma, USA. Much of Hubbard’s initial fame rested on his songwriting. Jerry Jeff Walker recorded his composition ‘Up Against The Wall, Redneck Mother’, turning it into a left-field country standard. Hubbard formed the Cowboy Twinkies who released a self-titled debut for Warner Brother Records in 1975, but the album’s failure le Read more

Iris DeMent - 62% match to Tom Russell

Genres: Christian & Gospel Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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5 January 1961, Paragould, Arkansas, USA. A singer-songwriter based in Kansas City, via California, Nashville, and originally the rural regions of Arkansas, USA, DeMent made her initial impact in 1991. Her early influences included gospel, Loretta Lynn and Johnny Cash, but she was 25 years of age before she began to write her own songs, and 30 when her debut album was releas Read more

Chris Knight - 60% match to Tom Russell

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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24 June 1960, Slaughters, Kentucky, USA. Country singer-songwriter Knight’s rural upbringing in the backwoods of Kentucky is reflected in his grittily honest tales of small town working men and women far from the bright lights of Nashville. Knight began writing songs as a teenager, inspired by the maverick creative talents of Steve Earle and John Prine, but any thoughts Read more

James McMurtry - 60% match to Tom Russell

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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18 March 1962, Fort Worth, Texas, USA. Raised in Leesburg, Virginia, McMurtry’s father is award-winning novelist and screenwriter Larry McMurtry. Encouraged by his mother, an English teacher, James began playing guitar at the age of seven and soon began showing musical ability and a liking for country and rock. He began writing songs during his teens, occasionally perfo Read more

Buddy Miller - 58% match to Tom Russell

Genres: Christian & Gospel Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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6 September 1952, Fairborn, Ohio, USA. This acclaimed guitarist and singer-songwriter started out as a bass player in bluegrass bands before switching to acoustic guitar in the late 60s. His long years as a journeyman session musician saw him criss-crossing America with various bands. He also set up his own Buddy Miller Band, which at one point in the early 80s included a yo Read more


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