The Man From God Knows Where: Tom Russell

This is the title song from Tom Russell’s 1999 album which, “…is a song cycle tracing the journeys of Russell’s ancestors from Europe to America, and the struggles they encountered there. Recorded in Norway near the spot where his great-grandfather was born in 1847, the album features singers Iris DeMent, Dolores Keene and Dave Van Ronk playing the roles of Russell’s various ancestors and telling their stories. The title came from the epitaph of another Tom Russell, an Irish activist executed in 1803.”

Today is Tom’s birthday!

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