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Trolling For Owls

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Making the Best of a Bad Situation
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Moving to Wyoming
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Shooting Coyotes
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A Cowboy's Paean
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Getting Married in Italy
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If I Had a Boat
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Songs You Can't Do Anymore
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Let's Talk Dirty in Hawaiian
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Busted by the Boston Globe
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Cell Phones and Beepers
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Remember?
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Talking Western
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Little Dogs
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State of Arkansas
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Old Blevins
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New Hampshire Neighbors
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Duncan and Brady
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 17   Total Length: 59:02

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Trolling For Owls

Oldfartfolkie

I saw Tom Rush in concert a couple of weeks ago and realized how much I enjoyed his stories (as well as his music). This album was a great way to continue to enjoy both types of performances.

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r_g

Please be advised that 9 or these 17 tracks are humorous stories, rather than songs, and the songs, by and large are satirical too. At first I was dismayed to find this out. But...the truth is, Tom Rush is a very funny guy, and the album even stands up to repeated listening. For old fans of Tom Rush, this is like seeing a whole new side of him, in an intimate, live setting.

They Say All Music Guide

Trolling for Owls is Tom Rush’s first newly recorded full-length album in over 20 years (that would be since 1984′s Late Night Radio), but anyone thinking that it would constitute a major statement from him as an artist will be surprised. Surprised, but not necessarily disappointed, especially those Tom Rush fans who have prized his occasional forays into novelty songs and humor, such as his recordings of “Came to See Me Yesterday in the Merry Month Of” and “Beam Me Up Scotty.” Any self-respecting solo folksinger traveling the country is liable to build up a store of funny stories, and even a few funny songs to change the mood in his shows, and Rush has his share of what he calls “lighter” material. Here, a friend has followed him around with a tape recorder, then edited such material together. The result is a very funny album on which Rush tells stories and makes witty observations, then sings some silly songs. As on his more serious efforts, he likes to promote other songwriters, which is why he performs, for instance, Lyle Lovett’s “If I Had a Boat” and John Prine’s “Let’s Talk Dirty in Hawaiian.” His tales of living in Wyoming and New Hampshire are his own, however. In a sleeve note, he expresses concern that the album gives the impression he is a comedian, which he says he is not. Fair enough. It can only be hoped that he has even more “lighter” material where this came from, now that he’s decided to commit so many funny bits to record. And, of course, now he will have to put up with people actually requesting that he sing these off-beat songs. But the album serves as a good advertisement for his shows, guaranteeing a good time and more than a few laughs. – William Ruhlmann

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