So as soon as I saw this video at YouTube with Tom Rush performing “Merrimack County”, I thought, yes, that’s a great song to use as we celebrate Tom Rush’s 73rd birthday today! Yes, little Tommy Rush was born on February 8, 1941…from Wikipedia…
Rush was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, the adopted son of a teacher at St. Paul’s School, in Concord, New Hampshire. Tom began performing in 1961 while studying at Harvard University after having graduated from the Groton School. He majored in English literature. Many of his early recordings are versions of Lowland Scots and Appalachian folk songs. He regularly performed at the Club 47 coffeehouse (now called Club Passim) in Cambridge, the Unicorn in Boston, and The Main Point in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.
Rush is credited by Rolling Stone magazine with ushering in the era of the singer/songwriter. In addition to performing his own compositions, he covered songs by Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Murray McLauchlan, David Wiffen and William Hawkins, helping them to gain recognition early in their careers. Read More
I would have posted this earlier and probably have written more about Tom who is one of my favorite artists, but when we came home we had no power in the house, which means no internet! The power returned just as I was ready to leave for work, and now it’s a few minutes before midnight and Tom’s birthday will be over…. so a quick Happy Birthday to Tom, who I hope to see in Philly in March! And let’s go into the morning with Tom performing “Merrimck County!”