What I Know

What I Know

by Tom RushTom Rush


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It's hard to believe that What I Know marked the first Tom Rush studio album in 35 years when it was released in early 2009. But it's true -- although he released quite a bit of studio material in the first decade of his career, and has remained active as a touring musician since the mid-'70s, this is the first studio product to emerge since then. "Sounds like he's never been away" is the kind of cliché you hear often when these projects appear, but in Rush's case, it seems more appropriate than it does in most such situations. His vocal style remains the same -- good-natured, friendly, and intimate, with a tinge of weary wistfulness. Thankfully, the production, like Rush himself, is low-key and, though grounded in folk and country music, has full and varied instrumentation. While there are celebrity cameos in the shape of guest harmony vocals by Emmylou Harris, Nanci Griffith, and Bonnie Bramlett on a track apiece, those are sympathetic complementary contributions, not parts roped in to grab attention. The songs are a comfortable mix of Rush originals (only five; he's never been the most prolific writer), the traditional song "Casey Jones," and nine choices of outside material. The most renowned of the other writers being Eliza Gilkyson (who composed "Fall into the Night"), and the most surprising choice of material, the CD-closing "Drift Away," Rush rearranging that '70s soul hit into something suitably folky and reflective. The good-natured riding-into-the twilight feel of this record might guarantee it won't cause any earthquakes, but Rush has never been that kind of artist, and this record is a solid continuation of the mood he's largely followed all his musical life.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/24/2009
Label: Appleseed Records
UPC: 0611587111524
catalogNumber: 1115
Rank: 53290


  1. Hot Tonight
  2. East of Eden
  3. River Song
  4. Too Many Memories
  5. What I Know
  6. All a Man Can Do
  7. Fall into the Night
  8. Casey Jones
  9. You're Not Here with Me
  10. What an Old Lover Knows
  11. Silly Little Diddle
  12. Lonely
  13. No One Else But You
  14. One Good Man
  15. Drift Away

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tom Rush   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Nanci Griffith   Vocal Harmony
Emmylou Harris   Vocal Harmony
Bonnie Bramlett   Vocal Harmony
Pat McLaughlin   Mandolin,Vocal Harmony
Robin Batteau   Violin,Vocal Harmony
John Catchings   Cello
John Hedgecoth   Jug
Pat McInerney   Percussion,Drums,Washboard
Joe Mennonna   Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Dave Pomeroy   Upright Bass
Suzy Ragsdale   Vocal Harmony
Harry Stinson   Vocal Harmony
Trevor Veitch   Mandocello,Guitar (Nylon String)
Pete Wasner   Piano,Hammond Organ,Wurlitzer
Fats Kaplin   Fiddle,Mandolin,Pedal Steel Guitar
Thomm Jutz   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Eliza Gilkyson   Composer
Tom Rush   Arranger,Composer
Jack Tempchin   Composer
John Brannen   Composer
Jim Rooney   Producer
Richard Dean   Composer
David Hoffner   Composer
Joe Mennonna   Engineer
Trevor Veitch   Engineer
Pete Wasner   Engineer
Mentor Williams   Composer
Kim Beard Day   Composer
Traditional   Composer
A.J. Swearingen   Composer

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