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Tom Russell 

When: Sun., June 13, 8 p.m. 2010
Price: $20

A journeyman singer/ songwriter once described Dave Alvin as the "perfect combination of Walt Whitman and Elvis Presley" before launching into the song "Blue Wing." Thing is, while Alvin did record "Blue Wing," it was written by fellow Californian and frequent collaborator Tom Russell. The description also fits Russell, especially the Whitman part. "Roots-rock poet laureate" would, too, given his knack for imagery and a poignancy that's central to his best work. He's also a master chronicler, with songs about Mickey Mantle, Edward Abbey and Jack Johnson—not to mention various kinfolk—highlighting his catalogue. Walt even makes a guest appearance. Rick Cornell

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