Tom Rush On Mountain Stage

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Set List

  • "Hot Tonight"
  • "The River Song"
  • "Remember?"
  • "Lonely"
  • "Drift Away"

Tom Rush was among the crowd of performers for whom the term "singer-songwriter" was originally coined. He was a mainstay in the folk movement of the '60s, playing and recording songs by then-unknown writers such as Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne and James Taylor.

While studying at Harvard, Rush took a weekly stint at Boston's folk hotspot Club 47, where he honed his ability to tell stories — both of his own and by others. He'd released two albums by the time he graduated.

Rush just released What I Know, his first studio album in 35 years, as a follow-up to two live releases. His 2003 live album, Trolling for Owls, included his song "Remember?" which became an Internet video hit, logging more than three million views online. The Very Best of Tom Rush: No Regrets covers Rush's career from 1962 to the present, and includes a version of "River Song," a tune performed here in this live Mountain Stage set. The set closes with a choice cover in "Drift Away," with Rush taking a somber, contemplative approach to the widely recorded hit.

This feature originally ran Jun. 16, 2009.

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