American troubadour Tom Russell, regarded as one of the finest songwriters of his generation, returns with October in the Railroad Earth on March 15 via Proper Records.

The new studio album comprises ten original Tom Russell songs, including the title track from the Irish film Small Engine Repair and features Bill Kirchen on lead electric guitar, Eliza Gilkyson on backing vocals and the Grammy Award winning Texmaniacs. Russell describes the songs and sound as: “Jack Kerouac meets Johnny Bakersfield”. Pre-order link:

Tom kicks off his world tour in support of October in the Railroad Earth with UK dates as follows:
Wed, 27 March Cardiff Norwegian Church Arts Centre
Thur, 28 March Bristol Thekla
Fri, 29 March London The 100 Club
Sat, 30 March Farncombe Farncombe Music Club
Tues, 2 April Brighton Komedia
Wed, 3 April Nottingham The Glee Club
Thur, 4 April Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Fri, 5 April Sheffield The Hubs
Sat, 6 April Bury The Met

Singer songwriter, painter, essayist - Tom Russell has recorded 35 highly acclaimed records, and published six books - including a book on his art, a book of his songs, and a book of essays on the West. His songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Doug Sahm, Nanci Griffith, k.d. Lang, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Dave Alvin, Iris Dement, Dave Van Ronk, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Tom Paxton, Ian Tyson, Iris Dement, Joe Ely, and a hundred others. His art has been purchased by several major museums in America and he's represented by six world galleries.

Russell graduated from The University of California with a Master's Degree in Criminology and taught Sociology in Nigeria during The Biafran War. He was awarded the 2015 ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for excellence in music journalism, and his new book of essays: Ceremonies of the Horsemen has received five-star reviews.

He has appeared on the television show: Late Night with David Letterman, five times, where he debuted his controversial song: "Whos Gonna Build Your Wall?" which has now gone viral. Letterman remarked: How great is Tom Russell? Isn't he the best? I'd like to quit my job and travel with him...if the money can be worked out...

In 2017 Russell released two records: Folk Hotel (Proper Records), with twelve new original songs, and the Ian and Sylvia tribute: Play One More (Proper Distribution), to worldwide acclaim.