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The Rose Of Roscrae

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The Rose Of Roscrae
The Rose Of Roscrae


Double CD, 52 track "cowboy folk opera" features a who's who of legendary Americana icons including Johnny Cash, Gretchen Peters, Guy Clark, Joe Ely, Tex Ritter, Dan Penn and many, many more.

For over four decades and 28 album releases Tom Russell has continued to live up to his status as "one of the best singer-songwriters of our time" (Washington Post). His previous two studio releases, Blood and Candle Smoke (2009) and Mesabi (2011), are considered his strongest composed works yet and were, in part, recorded with the groundbreaking roots band Calexico.

In the 1990s, Russell and Dave Alvin were hailed as the architects of what came to be known as "Americana" music after their Merle Haggard tribute, Tulare Dust, initiated the Americana charts in the U.S. and remained number one for a year. Russell's previous release, Aztec Jazz (2013), moved Americana into a new realm and his acclaimed song catalog into uncharted territory.

Tom Russell's songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Doug Sahm, Nanci Griffith, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Dave Alvin, Joe Ely, and others. The Rose of Roscrae is his third in a series of acclaimed folk operas, follows The Man From God Knows Where (1999) and Hotwalker (2005).

Tom Russell's anticipated double-album folk opera, The Rose of Roscrae, features a who's who of legendary Americana icons including: Jimmie Dale Gilmore, David Olney, Johnny Cash, Joe Ely, Augie Meyers, Fats Kaplin, Barry Walsh, Jimmy LaFave, Gretchen Peters, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Walt Whitman, Moses "Clear Rock" Platt, Jack Hardy, David Massengill, A.L. "Bert" Lloyd, Finbar Furey, Sourdough Slim, Blackie Farrell, Tex Ritter, Glen Orhlin, Pat Russell, John Trudell, Henry Real Bird, Thad Beckman, Maura O'Connell, Eliza Gilkyson, The McCrary Sisters, Ian Tyson, Bonnie Dobson, Lead Belly, Guy Clark, Dan Penn, Gurf Morlix, and Pat Manske.

Russell has also composed movie scores, including songs for the Monte Hellman movie The Road To Nowhere and published five books, most recently 120 Songs of Tom Russell. An accomplished fine artist, Russell's paintings are featured in: Blue Horse/Red Desert: The Art of Tom Russell.


  1. Name
  2. Overture
  3. This Is The Last Frontier
  4. Guilty/Johnny Behind-the-Deuce
  5. Sam Hall
  6. The Rose of Roscrae
  7. Hair Trigger Heart
  8. Hell Be Dead Before He Hits the Ground
  9. You Gotta Have A Dance/ St James Hospital
  10. Aint No More Cane On The Brazos
  11. The Last Running
  12. Home On The Range/America
  13. Just A Closer Walk (With Augie Blood)
  14. Cowboy Voices Beyond The Campfire
  15. He Wasnt A Bad Kid, When He Was Sober
  16. The Sidekicks Last Testament
  17. Johnnys Campfire Soliloquy #1
  18. The Unfortunate Rake/The Streets of Laredo
  19. The Hands of Damien
  20. This Is The Last Frontier/Campfire Soliloquy #2
  21. Carrickfergus/The Water Is Wide
  22. The Fairground Pugilist
  23. Campfire Soliloquy #3
  24. Campfire Ghosts/Cowboy Voices
  25. Crazy Horse/Custers Luck
  26. Johnny Behind-the-Deuce #2Molokai
  27. She Talks To God
  28. Rock of Ages/Gunpowder Sunset Overture
  29. The Water Is Wide/Overture
  30. I Talk To God
  31. The Bear
  32. The Railroad Boy
  33. Resurrection Mountain
  34. When The Wolves No Longer Sing
  35. Just A Closer Walk With Thee/The Gospel of John, Chapter 4
  36. Jesus Met The Woman At The Well
  37. Damien (A Crust of Bread, A Slice of Fish, A Cup of Water)
  38. Guadalupe/Valentine de la Sierra
  39. Poor Mother Mexico
  40. Gallo del Cielo
  41. Soliloquy #1/Swiss Yodel Choir
  42. En Canadien Errant
  43. Hell Be Dead Before He Hits The Ground #2
  44. Doin Hard Time In Texas
  45. When I Was A Cowboy aka Western Cowboy
  46. West Texas Montage
  47. Old Rattlebag Blues (Soliloquy #2)
  48. Midnight Wine
  49. Whiskey In His Blood
  50. Tularosa
  51. Irish Medley/The Stable
  52. Isnt It Grand?
  53. The Rose of Roscrae
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