I’ve heard Tom Russell talking about this magnum opus for many years now. Looks like he got ’er done. According to his website, “The Rose of Roscrae” is available for pre-order from www.fronterarecords.com.
“The Rose of Roscrae” is Tom’s new record, a Ballad of the West, 20 years in the making. This is a double record with 52 tracks — 25 new Tom Russell Originals and dozens of legendary guest voices including: Johnny Cash, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely, Maura O’Connell, Ian Tyson, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Lead Belly, David Olney, Augie Meyers, Gretchen Peters, Barry Walsh, Walt Whitman, Jimmy LaFave, Eliza Gilkyson, Guy Clark, Dan Penn, John Trudell, Thad Beckman, Blackie Farrell, Sourdough Slim, Tex Ritter, A.L. Lloyd, Finbar Furey, Gurf Morlix and others……
Original Tom Russell Western overture arranged by Mats Halling and performed by the Norwegian Wind Ensemble. This is a Frontier Musical soaked in real Western lingo and plenty of great traditional songs.
Yeah, that’s pretty much in my wheelhouse. Drops in April. Can’t wait.