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Singer-songwriter Tom Russell performs Tuesday at Diesel |

Singer-songwriter Tom Russell performs Tuesday at Diesel

Rege Behe
| Thursday, October 1, 2009 12:00 a.m

Writers seem to love Tom Russell. Ken Bruen, author of “The Dramatist” and “Sanctuary,” calls him the last great American voice. Annie Proulx (“The Shipping News,” “Brokeback Mountain”) praises his “restless curiosity and almost violent imagination.” And poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti calls him a combination of Johnny Cash, Jim Harrison and Charles Bukowski.

What has Russell, who performs Tuesday at Diesel in the South Side, done to deserve such literate praise• Simply, his songs are short stories with music. On Russell’s new release, “Blood and Candle Smoke,” his incisive writing on songs such as “Nina Simone” and “Mississippi River Runnin’ Backwards” work well with his earthy vocals and music that’s provided by Calexico.

Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

Details: 412-431-4800 or .

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