8 February, 1941, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA. Tom Rush began performing in 1961 while a student at Harvard University. Although he appeared at clubs in New York and Philadelphia, he became a pivotal figure of the Boston/New England circuit and such haunts as the Cafe Yana and the Club 47. The self-released Live At The Unicorn, culled from two sets recorded at another of the regions fabled coffee houses, was poorly distributed but its competent mixture of traditional songs, blues and Woody Guthrie compositions was sufficient to interest the renowned Prestige Records label. Got A Mind To Ramble and Blues Songs And Ballads, completed over three days, showcased an intuitive interpreter. Rushs exemplary versions of Barbry Allen and Alabama Bound were enough to confirm his place alongside Dave Van Ronk and Eric Von Schmidt, the latter of whom was an important influence on the younger musician. Tom Rush, his first release on...
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