About the Book:
A few decades earlier as climate change begins to be quite demonstrative it causes a cascading set of environmental collapses which result in a grand flood putting everything under 3,500 ft in the US under water. The central west is all that is known to still exist.
Maggie Hoskie is a Dinétah monster hunter, a supernaturally gifted killer. When a small town needs help finding a missing girl, Maggie is their last—and best—hope. But what Maggie uncovers about the monster is much larger and more terrifying than anything she could imagine.
Maggie reluctantly enlists the aid of Kai Arviso, an unconventional medicine man, and together they travel to the rez to unravel clues from ancient legends, trade favors with tricksters, and battle dark witchcraft in a patchwork world of deteriorating technology.
As Maggie discovers the truth behind the disappearances, she will have to confront her past—if she wants to survive.
Welcome to the Sixth World.
Writer of rez-based Fantasy and Indigenous Futurisms . VONA/Voices alum, pug owner, Yale undergrad. Theology and Law degrees, too. Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo + African American. Navajo in-law. Based in Santa Fe, NM.
After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Mayberry's hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and flavor - finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World's Best Lover.
The Meatball Chronicles, a solo show by Santa Fe's most prolific actress Debrianna Mansini, comes to the Railyard Performance Center in May 2018. Mansini steps out in her own unique way -sharing a culinary adventure of finding love through a meatball.
This event will take place at the Santa Fe Center for Spiritual Living
505 Camino de los Marquez Santa Fe, NM
Singer songwriter, painter, essayist - Tom Russell has recorded thirty five highly acclaimed records, & published five books: 120 Songs of Tom Russell; Tough Company - Letters with Charles Bukowski; Blue Horse Red Desert: the Art of Tom Russell; Blodsport a crime novel published by Aschehoug, Norway; and - And Then I Wrote: The Songwriter Speaks, with Sylvia Tyson.
Tom Russell songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Doug Sahm, Nanci Griffith, K.D. Lang, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Ian Tyson, Iris Dement, Joe Ely, and a hundred others.
In 2015 Russell released a 52 track "folk opera" on the West, The Rose of Roscrae, was deemed: maybe the most important Americana record of all time by UK Folk, the top Folk album of 2105 by Mojo Magazine, and hailed in top ten lists in two dozen publications including The Los Angeles Times. He has appeared on the David Letterman TV show five times.
His latest release is Folk Hotel.
Reviews - Fall 2017
Folk Hotel is almost certainly the best Americana album of 2017 and the lyrics are some of the very best of the last decade. Tom Russell is one of the key songwriters of the last twenty years or so. He must now be included on any list of great songwriters which would also include important people like Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan and Hank Williams.
Country Music People, Paul Riley, 12/17
Mythical America explored by brilliant Americana songwriter...Russell is a riveting storyteller.
Peter Watts, UNCUT, Oct. 2017
Tom Russell's 'Folk Hotel' keeps it simple, beautiful — and Hank Williams pays a visit...
Chicago Tribune, 9/6/17, Steve Knopper,
One of the top three records of 2017... RNR Magazine
As ruggedly romantic as ever...Russell is a treasure.
Colin Irwin, Mojo, Oct. 2017
A master class in songwriting by an important singer. #2 in the top ten records of 2017. Some of Mr. Russell's best songs ever... CMP UK
Folk Hotel continues to distinguish what makes Russell a master songwriter...fascinating details, quirky characters, and sophisticated narrative structure.
The Austin Chronicle, 9/15/17
Immaculately crafted songs from one of America's greatest troubadour-poets. Folk Roots 10/10/17
More than two dozen albums in, Russell seems to somehow go deeper and grab tighter and more urgently with each new work. In a run of exceptional records spanning decades, this one is, what Russell's fellow Angelino James Ellroy might term, Tom's "latest classic." Craig MacDonald, 10/7/17
Russell gives us detail enough to imagine the characters’ lives behind the lyrics. Just as Dickens gave us everyday protagonists in 19th century London, treated as persons not caricatures, Russell’s songs do this for America; not the New-Adam-Frontier-America with John Ford characters who created the nation state but the modern America of the common man. Mike Wistow, FOLKING UK 10/17
Folk Hotel, Tom’s brilliant new masterwork; a collection that comes hot on the heels of his "Play One More - The Songs of Ian and Sylvia. " Tom Russell is the finest songwriter of my generation. He proves it, yet again, on Folk Hotel.
Mike Regenstreif, Folk Roots/Folk Branches
In the 1990’s Tom Russell was, along with Dave Alvin, hailed as the architect of what came to be known as Americana music. Folk Hotel is album number 36 for Russell and, in 2017, he has surely delivered one of the Americana albums of the year... 9/10 Peter Churchill, Americana UK 8/30/17
“Folk Hotel” is yet another superb album from Tom Russell. If you know his music already, you won’t be disappointed by this latest offering. If you don’t know Tom’s music, this is as good a place as any to start.
Peter Cowley, FATEA
This isn't just the next album, "Folk Hotel" is a very distinct shift of emphasis back to one man playing guitar and singing songs...If this becomes Russell’s new direction, then the future of the storytelling tradition is in safe hands.
No Depression, Lyndon Bolton 8/17
Tom Russell really doesn’t like to be pigeonholed. He appears to only have one rule in his artistic vision, and that’s the primacy of the story; anything else is fair game...Folk Hotel is a beautifully put together set of songs that show Russell at the top of his game. Penguin Eggs, 9/17 Canada
“Folk Hotel” is quite brilliant. Brilliant because no one writes songs with this kind of imagery and this level of intricacy is seldom in folk, nor does it ever sound this weather-worn. Folk, blues, country, poetry, call this whatever you want. The truth is it is all of these things, but so much more. Tom Russell has many people jealous of his talents, wishing they could do this too, but he’s largely without peer. A five-star hotel if ever there was one.
Maximum Volume Music 8/17
Any perceived exhausting elements to grasping the underpinning value of a Tom Russell album are blown away by the riches that this influential Americana scribe lays out. FOLK HOTEL will keep a listener on their toes and retains a tendency to reveal a little bit more in each play. This is the fruit of a legendary singer-songwriter at work and every small share keeps the spirit alive. In a JFK twist – ask not what Tom Russell can do for you, but what you can do for Tom Russell.
Three Chords and The Truth, 9/1/17
If there was any justice in the world Russell would have achieved megastar status long ago, and this veteran performer's finest album to date finds him revelling in the evocative imagery of string of captivating narratives led by "Harlan Clancy." 100 Syndicated Regional Newspapers - UK - 8/30/17
On songs like Rise Against Handsome Johnny , Harlan Clancy and The Last Time I Saw Hank Tom Russell shows that he can take Irish romanticism, history and memories and produce music that is both all his own and that owns Americana. Northern Sky 10/17
Close your eyes and be transported. Not just to Greenwich Village, New York and America’s West, but to Copenhagen, Belfast and Swansea, from whence Dylan Thomas – dedicatee of “The Sparrow of Swansea” – set out on his adventures... Russell is an architect of Americana. The veteran U.S songwriter remains at the top of his game... Buy Folk Hotel and a bottle of Jack Daniel’s, dim the lights and settle into a comfy chair. It’s all the company you need.
Liz Thomson, The Arts Desk, 9/3/17
Alongside his friend and compatriot Dave Alvin there’s a bloody good argument that Tom Russell helped invent what we now call Americana Music...as the record title, "Folk Hotel," implies - here he goes back to what he does better than anyone else these days; writing incredibly complex stories and making them sound beautifully warm and simple.
The Rocking Magpie 8/30/17
Folk Hotel, his 14-track, 71-minute latest release, is one of the best and maybe even the best of all the items in his catalog. Put this record on your must-buy list and then start saving your money. After you hear Folk Hotel, you’re going to want to own a lot more from Russell’s engrossing catalog.
JEFF BURGER, NO DEPRESSSION 9/5/17
For his fortieth album folk singer-songwriter Tom Russell has created a record the likes of which we haven’t seen or heard in more than fifty years— a master at the top of his game. Folk Hotel is a historical novel in 13 songs, something Robert Graves might have written if he had been a songwriter instead of a novelist... it is a towering achievement. It has Grammy written all over it. He has brought folk music in its great tableau out of the dark closets of long-stored and cherished memories into the bright sunshine of waking dreams and day-to-day reality.
Ross Altman, Phd. Folkworks.org 9/8/17
The erudite, engaging Russell likes to populate his songs with vivid, larger than life characters...Russell is an artist who flies under the radar but deserves a bigger audience. 4 1/2 out of 5 Stars. The Sun/UK 9/817
Russell delivered a powerful and often witty performance filled with stories of his encounters with Johnny Cash, David Letterman, and others. It was quite evident that Russell is a national treasure whose music should be better known throughout America. Gary Stoller, No Depression 10/2/17
A Navy S.E.A.L. with nightmarish PTSD, and his team, rescue an American POW and fight to get back home in this story of family, brotherhood, and sacrifice. Made in New Mexico