Date:   5/22/2004

Folk legend Tom Rush to appear at Thrasher!

Tom Rush is a gifted musician and performer, whose shows offer a musical celebration...a journey into the tradition and spectrum of what music has been, can be, and will become. His 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 the rib-aching laughter of terrific story-telling, the sweet melancholy of ballads and the passion of gritty blues.  Thanks to generous sponsorship from the Heidel House, Rush will bring that, and more, to Thrasher Opera House stage on Saturday, May 22nd, at 7:30 p.m.

 

Rush's impact on the American music scene has been profound. He helped shape the folk revival in the '60s and the renaissance of the '80s and '90s, his music having left its stamp on generations of artists. James Taylor told Rolling Stone, "Tom was not only one of my early heroes, but also one of my main influences."  Country music star Garth Brooks has credited Rush with being one of his top five musical influences. Rush has long championed emerging artists. His early recordings introduced the world to the work of Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne and James Taylor.

 

Rush has an uncanny knack for finding wonderful songs, and writing his own. It is testimony to the universality of his appeal that his songs have been folk hits, country hits, heavy metal and rap hits. 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 folk-rock, and after five years of endless promotional tours, interviews, television appearances, and recording sessions, Rush decided to take a break and "recharge" his creative side. He returned with a splash in 1981, selling out Boston's prestigious Symphony Hall in advance.

 

In 1982, he established a musical forum allowing established artists and newcomers to share the same stage and tried it out at Symphony Hall. The show was such a hit it became an annual event, growing to fill two, then three nights, and the Club 47 series was born. Crafting concerts that combined well-known artists such as Bonnie Raitt or Emmylou Harris with (then) unknowns like Alison Krauss or Mark O' Connor, Rush took the show on the road.  From the '80s to the present day, Club 47 events have filled the nation's finest halls to rave reviews, and have been broadcast as national specials on PBS and NPR.

 

Columbia/Legacy has released a Tom Rush retrospective album that covers his recorded musical history from 1962 to the present, entitled The Very Best of Tom Rush: No Regrets. The 17-track compilation includes as a bonus a brand new Tom Rush composition, "River Song," which features vocal contributions from Grammy winners Shawn Colvin and Marc Cohn.  

 

Tickets for this incredibly influential folk legend are $18 and be purchased at the Thrasher Opera House office, Knowledge Emporium, Green Lake State Bank, Bloch’s Farm, Ripon Drug, and Bull Moose Mercantile or ON-LINE at www.thrasheroperahouse.com.  For more information call 920-294-4279 or 888-441-0140.

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