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Tom Russell to preview new cowboy opera on Saturday at McCabe's

Tom Russell to preview new cowboy opera on Saturday at McCabe's

Los Angeles-born and bred singer-songwriter Tom Russell grew up loving Broadway musicals rooted in western themes such as “Oklahoma!” and “Annie Get Your Gun,” but always lamented that the hit shows typically were written by New Yorkers and consequently lacked a certain cultural authenticity. So Russell took matters into his own hands and has just released “The Rose of Roscrae,” an ambitious two-CD concept album he’s describing, only somewhat whimsically, as “'Les Miserables' with cowboy hats.” The recording boasts a wagon load of country and Americana music luminaries including Guy Clark, Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale...

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