ahab 
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Re: “Hard-Core Troubadour

Jeez, if its all just a way to annoy your wife just say so! That's different. I'm still not buying it; Russell sounds like a rank amateur to me, sort of 'upscale open mike', the poor man's Marty Robbins. He sounds like an insurance salesman living out his music fantasies, and no amount of journalistic fawning can change that impression. You did do him a disservice however by making him look sound like a crabby 'all the kids are wusses now' old guy. 'Back in my day we had ten bar fights a day and didn't whisper our song lyrics' etc....Actually I do enjoy Victorias Secret promotions:) And its a sign of real art that commercial associations do nothing to detract from its power; Bach for example is no less great for being included in a Lexus commercial-- it will be around long after Lexus is gone. Its the half baked stuff that suffers from being included in a commercial. I'm not even a big Iron and Wine fan its just a fan of writing in general-- and there is no way that Russells hodge podge of tired cliches, wanna be Johnny Cash-Border singer stuff is on the same level of Beams original voice and ideas. I mean, A+ for embodying a sort of American cowboy viewpoint of sorts, but Russell's just not that good. There's nothing wrong with it, just don't understand the fawning.

Posted by ahab on 11/08/2009 at 11:53 AM

Re: “Hard-Core Troubadour

Ha! Thats nice, he takes a shot at Sam Beam and then compares himself to Dylan. Not sure if Beam is as 'tough' as Tom is lyrically, but he is certainly more original in voice and concept. I don't think the cartoonish melodrama of mid-20th century border ballads really qualifies as original any more, nor does borrowing the voice of Mexican folk singers make you tougher. Suffice it to say, neither of them hold a candle to Dylan.

Posted by ahab on 11/01/2009 at 12:10 PM

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