5 March 1950, Arizona, USA. The country singer-songwriter Tom Russell grew up on a ranch in Santa Monica and had twin influences of cowboys and country music. He says, Southern California was very rich in country music, not only with Merle Haggard and Buck Owens, but also the Hollywood cowboy scene. My brother became a full-on cowboy. Its in the blood.
In the 60s, Russell became immersed in folk and blues music, and he became very interested in the work of Ian and Sylvia Tyson. After playing numerous small-scale gigs, he struck lucky in 1974 when a song about the end of the Indian culture in Canada, End Of The Trail, won an award at an American song festival and was recorded by the Hagers. Russell then worked with the pianist Patricia Hardin as a folk duo, Hardin And Russell, strongly influenced by Ian And Sylvia. They recorded two excellent albums, Ring Of Bone and Wax Museum.
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