Sunday, December 14, 2008

Tom Rush Releasing First Studio Album in 35 Years

Folk singer Tom Rush will release his first full length studio album in 35 years on February 24 with What I Know. The album will be released via Appleseed Records.

Rush talked about the album on his website:

"Well, I’ve gone and done it – finished up a new album. I’m hoping to have copies for you in time for Christmas, though the official release on Appleseed won’t happen until early next year. I've put a streaming version of “What I Know,” slated to be the title track, at the top of this page, just to whet your appetite. You can view some preliminary artwork for the CD here.

I recorded it in Nashville, with my old buddy Jim Rooney producing (co-author of Baby Let Me Follow You Down), and I must say that, as hard to please as I am, I really do like the results. It’s my first studio project in a long time (when I told Emmylou [Harris]how long it had been, her retort was, “You should be ashamed of yourself!”), and it was a lot of fun to get back into that arena.

The Nashville players are a hardworking bunch. They show up at 10AM, work until 1, break for lunch, work 2 ‘til 5 and go home. It’s a lot like having a job (I would imagine). But … the way they play is truly joyful, and joy to hear.

Emmylou, Nanci Griffith, Bonnie Bramlett all came by and did some harmonies, and it was great to see them all again. (I hadn’t seen Bonnie since we were on the Festival Express train in ’70!)

Again, I’m not sure when the artwork will be done, or the sequence of songs – though that last may be a bit irrelevant in this day of iPods and downloads. But, if you sign up for the mailing list, you’ll be the first to know. I think you’ll like this one!"

Rush's last full studio album was 1974's Ladies Love Outlaws, although there have been many compilations, re-releases and live albums in the intervening years.


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Album Cover Art

Let's look at what made #9 on's list of the sexiest and dirtiest album covers (Gigwise comments in quotes):

9. Sugar Ray: ‘Lemonade and Brownies’ – "Kind of a sexier, less seedy version of Pulp’s ‘This Is Hardcore’ released some three years later, Sugar Ray’s 1995 effort features actress Nicole Eggert (of Baywatch fame) on the cover. Despite the attention-grabbing cover, the album was ultimately a critical and commercial flop. Perhaps, in this instance, sex doesn’t sell."

Lemonade and Brownies is the name of Sugar Ray's debut album, released in 1995. DJ Lethal (House of Pain, Limp Bizkit) produced for the album, providing all of the DJing. Actress Nicole Eggert is featured on the cover. Even though the album did not chart and was a commercial and critical failure for Atlantic, the band stayed on the label, going on to huge success. Who says hard work doesn't pay off?