Monday, June 18, 2007

via my friend and gather ex-colleague Kerry Dexter.

The Remember Song, performed by Tom Rush. Recorded at Humphreys By The Bay, San Diego, CA., this performance appears on Judy Collins' "Wildflower Festival" DVD and CD and is available from Tom's website at

Tom Rush was one of the first artists to record a then-unknown Joni Mitchell’s songs, and was an inspiration to a young James Taylor, who has said of Rush, “Tom was not only one of my early heroes, but one of my main influences.”

Tom signed with Elektra Records in 1965 and his early work exposed listeners to Mitchell (The Circle Game), Jackson Browne (Jamaica Say You Will) and Leonard Cohen. Tom’s craving for good songs and attracting great musicians gave way to his legendary Club 47 shows in Boston, which brought in young talent such as Nanci Griffith, Shawn Colvin, Bonnie Raitt, and Alison Krauss. The Club 47 shows were the precursor to the coffee house circuit as a way to champion new emerging artists.

Tom is still an active performer doing about 60 shows a year and currently resides in the Santa Barbara area his wife, Renee Askins, who is the founder of the Wolf Fund.

As Tom says at the beginning of the video, "...if you can remember the `60s, you probably weren't there."

I realized I had hit the point Tom describes in this funny song when I had to create a reversible laminated sign for the porch reading, "The Cat is In/Out," which was the only way I could be certain.

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