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Thomas George "Tom" Russell...
...born March 5, 1953 in Los Angeles, is an American
singer-songwriter. Although most strongly identified with the Texas
Country music tradition, his music also incorporates elements of folk,
Tex-Mex, and the cowboy music of the American West. Many of his songs
have been recorded by other artists, including Johnny Cash, k. d. lang,
Guy Clark, Nanci Griffith, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Iris Dement, Dave
Alvin, and Suzy Bogguss.
In addition to his music, Russell also paints folk art, and has
published a book of songwriting quotes (co-edited with Sylvia Tyson), a
detective novel (in Scandinavia),and a book of letters with Charles
Bukowski (Tough Company; Mystery Island Press).