TOUGH COMPANY is a classic "chapbook" style publication from TOM RUSSELL. Volume One contains Tom's letters & interviews with the legendary poet, CHARLES BUKOWSKI.
Authorized by Linda Bukowski.
Forward by Dave Alvin of The Blasters!
Edited by Bradley Mason Hamlin.
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"Gunslinger of American terror and exultation. Tom Russell's boot heels clocked along a bitter highway. He was strumming a Mexican guitar, being blown by a hot wind. And where the highway intersected with Whiskey Alley, he found Charles Bukowski, spry as if the grave had never happened. How lucky we are that these two haunted wanderers have decided to sing us a duet. It has the beauty of an ancient freight train forgotten and full of coyotes out along the Rio Grande."
--Luis Alberto Urrea, author of The Devil's Highway.
"Tom Russell's latest ranks with Ian Tyson's Cowboyography as the best cowboy record of all time. Russell leans out over the edge, diving into the artistic, sentimental abyss. Every moment shines."
--Paul Zarzyski, Cowboy Poet and Winner of Cowboy Hall of Fame Western Heritage Award.
2008 FOLK ALLIANCE SONG OF THE YEAR: "Who's Gonna Build Your Wall?"