Open Thread: No Regrets


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, and in more recent years his Club 47 concerts have brought artists such as Nanci Griffith and Shawn Colvin to wider audiences when they were just beginning to build their own reputations.

First musician I ever paid to see — at a college bar, early in my freshman year, late 1973 — was Tom Rush.

Got tickets to see him this evening.

Can’t wait.

36 replies
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    Higgs Boson's Mate says:

    Panama Limited

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    vtr says:

    Yeah, too bad Tom doesn’t have a stronger, deeper voice. His version of Joni Mitchell’s “Urge For Going” is great, too.

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    Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism says:

    Incongruous comment of the day, from my hubby in the kitchen:

    “I have a big black blob in here.”

    Translation: It’s baking season, and this afternoon’s project is biscotti. The current batch is an experiment using a blend of black onyx cocoa and dutched cocoa.

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    lamh35 says:

    Since it seems like I have way too much time at work right now, I’ve been calculating my new budget with my new job and my main worry with moving back to Louisiana was that I’d take a big pay cut since Louisiana tends to pay less. Welp from my crude calculations only, it looks like I’m gonna lose a sum total of $20 A YEAR!! Why because I get paid extra for being a Microbiology specialist!!!!

    My new fav “meme” pic…lol.

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    aimai says:

    Got up this morning and made a batch of chocolate brioche from the Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day cookbook. Basically: you whip up a mammoth batch of dough in about five seconds the day before, let it rise for two hours then stick it in the refirgerator. Its an incredibly wet dough that you just mix together with a spatula and forget about. The next morning you get up a bit early–this part was a drag–and you pull out 24 little balls of the dough, roll it out into little circles, plop in a delicious chocolate ganache or almond paste or jam, close over the filling and plop them into muffin tins. Let rise for 40 minutes (that’s a drag, admittedly) and half an hour after baking you have the most perfect chocolate brioche imaginable.


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    beltane says:

    Enjoy the show. As I began to read the post I was afraid it was an obituary. So glad it’s not.

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    redshirt says:

    Sorry to bitch, but FYWP.

    Is there any way to know ahead of time what words trigger the spam filter? Or is it just a mystery we must live with? I had a post in moderation yesterday and I still don’t know what forbidden word caused it.

    Also, is it WP sucking or the blog’s servers which cause the not infrequent double/triple posting?

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    Ruviana says:

    @beltane: Me too. Whew! “No Regrets” is one of my favorite “end of relationship” songs.

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    Raven says:

    Child’s Song is a stone motherfucker.

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    Raven says:

    @lamh35: dead link

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    Steeplejack (phone) says:

    Merrimac County is a great album, “Wind on the Water” a great song. No linky from phone.

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    Alison says:

    Since it’s an OT: I stopped reading Digby a while back for various reasons, but just followed a link to a recent post there and noticed there were no comments…and then went to the main blog and it looks like there aren’t comments on any posts. Is that new? Does anyone know why? I mean, I don’t really care all that much, but am just bored and curious…

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    Ruviana says:

    @Alison: She didn’t switch when echo or whatever it was discontinued its commenting widget, even though others (Roy, Echidne) did switch. I like reading her and the comments had gotten pretty awful so not a giant loss.

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    greenergood says:

    Thank Gawd – after this week losing Dave Brubeck, when I saw Mr Rush’s photo, I thought ‘Oh, no, not him too!!’

    No Regrets; Urge for Going – both total favourites.

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    reality-based says:

    @aimai: umm – Recipe? PLEASE?

    I gotta yen for Chocolate croissants, Unfindable now that I’ve retreated to North Dakota, too lazy to make my own croissant dough, what with all the turning – this sounds like a great compromise!

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    kuvasz says:

    Tom Rush’s version of Joni Mitchell’s “Urge For Going” is my favorite song.

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    Alison says:

    @Ruviana: Ah, okay. Like I said, I don’t read her blog anymore, so it’s no big thing. I just know that a lot of the time when a blogger turns off comments – especially a female blogger – it’s a result of consistent trolling or nastiness, and I was hoping that wasn’t the case there.

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    PurpleGirl says:

    @Ruviana: Ah, that’s what happened. I don’t miss the comments there. I agree that they had gotten bad and weren’t worth reading.

    The BJ commentariat is so diverse, informed, good and civil to each other (yes, we are, compared to many other sites) that we do have actual conversations going on here.

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    Warren says:

    My father-in-law shot the cover photo for Tom Rush’s first album Live at the Unicorn.

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    J. Michael Neal says:

    I don’t have any sound here at the bar, but 60 Minutes is doing a story on false confessions. Maybe it will do some good.

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    raven says:

    @Warren: Wow how cool. I have a buddy whose uncle was a famous folk music photographer. I keep looking at his book but it’s a bit too high

    The Face of Folk Music

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    Lizzy L says:

    I’ve been listening to Tom Rush since the mid-sixties, and yeah, I love “Urge for Going,” but there are so many fine songs in his repertoire. “Panama Limited” and “Galveston” are two of my favorites.

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    raven says:

    @Lizzy L: I was surprised I was the only one that mentioned “A Child’s Song”. Sure, it’s a sad as a song could be but damn. . .

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    mvr says:

    Enjoy the show! There was a club in Rockford Illinois called Charlotte’s Web in the basement of an old synagogue. For ten bucks you could go for the whole month. Saw him there then. And I listened lot to the album with Urge for Going on it when I got it second hand at about the same time.

    Good music!

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    raven says:

    @mvr: Sounds like the Cellar in Arlington Heights.

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    bemused senior says:

    You’ve sent me on an all day Tom Rush binge on You-Tube, with my husband ripping the vinyl for later.

    eta: what put this in moderation?

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    burnspbesq says:

    Well, I can’t be stoppin’ more than just a few minutes, baby,
    Baby, make love to you,
    Hey hey hey, on the road again.

    Back in the day, when I still played, I borrowed lots of great songs from Tom Rush albums. He had a real knack for finding songs. First found out about Jackson Browne, Murray McLachlan, Brucke Cockburn, and Guy Clark when Rush covered their songs.

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    Canuckistani Tom says:

    Got back from the local Member of Parliament Christmas party. got a chance to talk to my MP about the cost of F-35 fighters and the recent brouhaha in parliament that got closer to being physical than it has in a while.

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    wenchacha says:

    Lucky Annie Laurie. Enjoy! I first heard Tom Rush when WQLN aired film/video made at the Philadelphia Folk Festival, probably 1974? What a great voice.

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    marv says:

    Man, I bought No Regrets when I was playing ball in Clearwater in the fall of ’74 living just down the street from a Maas Brothers on N Osceola and falling in love with my now wife of 37 years. No regrets my own self.

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    Laertes says:

    Okay, so I started watching Walking Dead the other day. I was bored.

    Anyway, I’m at the point in season 2 where Lori svaqf bhg gung fur’f certanag, naq gurer’f fbzr xvaq bs O-cybg qrirybcvat orgjrra Znttvr naq Tyraa.

    And so my question is: Does it get better, or am I watching a goddamn soap opera?

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    gttim says:

    I hope he does “Subdivisions!” (I kid…)

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    Skepticat says:

    @kuvasz: You may like this from the other day.

    Tom Rush is one of my favorite entertainers (I have every one of his records/CDs) and one of my favorite people. As president of an organization that sponsored one of his concerts, I was one of three people who had dinner with him one evening. Being totally socially inept and awestruck, I couldn’t construct a coherent sentence as I sat beside him, though he was open, accessible, and tried to put me at my ease. At least now when I go to his shows I usually can manage to have a brief chat with him without fainting.

    He’s really, really funny and unassuming, and I’m pleased that he’s still touring.

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    Ken T says:

    I’ve been a huge fan of Tom since about 1970. If you haven’t been following him in recent years, you may not know that he recorded a new studio album “What I Know” about two years ago. This was his first since “Ladies Love Outlaws”, but he hasn’t lost a bit. It’s fantastic. I’ve seen him several times in the last few years. If you get a chance, don’t miss it.

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    MuckJagger says:

    Way back in nineteen and mumbledy mumble, Tom Rush’s “Ladies Love Outlaws” was the first LP I ever bought.

    Although I haven’t heard that album in over thirty years (note to self: BUY!), I can still remember most of those songs as fresh as if it were 1974. “Black Magic Gun” was my favorite.

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