Apr 06, 2013 - 7:30 pm
Saturday April 6, 7:30 PM
Reserved: $32 Advance, $35 Day of Show
Singer/songwriter Tom Rush has been touring steadily for decades, and we eagerly await the return of that voice and those songs to Chandler’s main stage. Rush’s distinctive guitar style, wry humor and warm, expressive voice have made him both a legend and a lure to audiences around the world. His shows are filled with terrific storytelling, sweet, melancholic ballads, and passionate, gritty blues.
Tom Rush has had a profound influence on the American music scene. He helped shape the folk revival in the ‘60s, and its renaissance in the ‘80s and ‘90s. His music has left its stamp on generations of artists. Rush has long-championed emerging artists, and his early recordings introduced the world to the work of Joni Mitchell and Jackson Browne. James Taylor told Rolling Stone, “Tom was not only one of my early heroes, but also one of my main influences.” More recently his Club 47 concerts have brought such artists as Nanci Griffith and Shawn Colvin to wider audiences when they were just beginning to build their reputations.
Rush began his own musical career in the early ‘60s playing the Boston-area clubs while a student at Harvard. Club 47 was a notable venue on the coffeehouse scene, and soon he was holding down weekly gigs there, learning from the legendary artists that came to play there. He had released two albums by the time he graduated.
Rush displayed then, as he does today, an uncanny knack for both finding wonderful songs and writing his own, many of which have become classics reinterpreted by new generations of musicians. Signed by Elektra in 1965, Rush made three albums for them, culminating in The Circle Game, which, according to Rolling Stone, ushered in the singer/songwriter era.
In the early ‘70s, folk turned to rock, and the ever-adaptable Rush explored new territory. Recording now for Columbia, he toured tirelessly with a five-man band. The exhausting pace took its toll, and after five successful years, Tom decided to take a break and recharge his batteries at his New Hampshire farm.
He returned with a splash in 1981, selling out Boston’s Symphony Hall in advance. Audiences fell in love again with Tom Rush.
Rush instinctively knew that his listeners were interested in both the old and the new, and he set out to create a musical forum that would allow established artists and newcomers to share the same stage. After a successful trial run, the Club 47 Series was born. Rush put together concerts that combined well-known artists such as Bonnie Raitt and Emmylou Harris with undiscovered musicians such as Alison Krauss and Mark O’Connor. These concerts were so successful that Rush took the show on the road, and for the past three decades, Club 47 events have filled the nation’s finest concert halls to rave reviews, and have been broadcast as national specials on PRS and NPR.
Several compilation CDs and live recordings have been released since 1999, and in 2009, Tom recorded his first studio CD in 35 years. Recorded in Nashville, “What I Know” was produced by long-time friend Jim Rooney. The record includes original Tom Rush material, as well as harmonies by Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Bramlett and Nancy Griffith.
Today, Tom Rush lives in Vermont when he’s not touring. His voice has grown even richer and more melodic with training, and his music, like a fine wine, has matured and ripened in the blending of traditional and modern influences..
Creative Cosmos, Marie LaPré Grabon
Creative Cosmos June 20 through September 7
Artists talk August 8th 4:30 pm, reception August 8th 6-8:30 pm