Q - 6/99, p.1103 Stars (out of 5)
- "...Russell writes superb sketches of modern western culture....It's an ambitious work that lacks pace at times but there are beautiful performances....charmingly affectionate..."
Dirty Linen - 6-7/99, p.58
"Daring in conception and extravagant in execution, like the nation...the music in this folk opera recording is primitive, raw and dark..."
Personnel includes: Tom Russell, Anne Bjorg Lien (fiddle, pipes); Dolores Keane, Kari Bremnes, Sondre Bratlund, Dave Van Ronk.
Includes liner notes by Tom Russell.
Personnel: Tom Russell (vocals, acoustic guitar); Andrew Hardin (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Annbjorg Lien (fiddle); Eoin O'Riabhaigh (tin whistle, Uilleann pipe); Hank Bones (trumpet, trombone); Iris DeMent (piano, background vocals); Anders Engen (drums); Dave Van Ronk, Dolores Keane, Sondre Bratland, Kari Bremnes, Walt Whitman (background vocals).
Liner Note Author: Tom Russell.
Recording information: Barony of Rosendal, Hardanger, Norway.
Arranger: Tom Russell.
Tom Russell had been releasing great records for about 25 years by the time he issued this album, but he outdoes himself here. Eight years in the making, The Man from God Knows Where is a song cycle inspired by America's pioneers and, particularly, Russell's own immigrant ancestors; but it probably comes at least as much from the artist's imagination as from historical fact. Be that as it may, he does a terrific job of conjuring up the hard realities faced by America's early immigrants. The performances, meanwhile, are even more adventurous than you've come to expect from Russell. Featuring guest spots by Iris DeMent, Dave Van Ronk and others, the album mixes music of the American West with that of Ireland and Norway and, somehow, it all holds together. A fine, fine collection. ~ Jeff Burger