American folk music icon Tom Paxton will be releasing his sixty-second (or so) album on March 10th, entitled "Redemption Road." The new release only solidifies how amazing talented a songwriter and performer Tom has been for over fifty years. Everyone from Pete Seeger to Bob Dylan to John Denver has recorded his songs and Paxton has become one of the foundation stones of contemporary folk music.
His new fourteen-song album may be one of his last, but it could also be considered one of his best. Paxton mentions that the songs are more about the past than the present or future, because at seventy-seven, he has more past experiences to inspire his songwriting. Beginning with "Virginia Morning," Paxton pays tribute to his current home with this country-folk shuffle. The light-hearted feel of "Susie Most Of All" reflects the classic early era of folk music when the words painted a perfect picture in your mind of playful youth. Fellow iconic artist John Prine helps out on the fun flow of "Skeeters'll Gitcha," before slowing down for the gentle Celtic-folk of "Ireland." He visits the blues on the dark tones of "If The Poor Don't Matter," then picks up the tempo for the confrontation of the century with his storied words of "The Battle Of The Sexes." Another folk icon, Janis Ian harmonizes beautifully along with Paxton on "Redemption Road," before the album closes with the Celtic prayer of "The Parting Glass."
Tom Paxton will be hitting the road with Janis Ian in March for a two-month U.S. tour. To find out more about his new album "Redemption Road," please visit tompaxton.com.