Russ Tolman And The Totem Polemen – Goodbye Joe (1990)

Posted by Green on October 5, 2021as

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It’s only a matter of time before Russ Tolman’s hard-luck stories find their place on “progressive” radio playlists. Better than a boatload of Del Lords imitators, Tolman’s directness, literate wordplay, and liberal populism imbue his material with a strength that transcends even the hokiest conceit or belabored point…Backed by a fairly jake band (Jon Klages, guitar; Dave Provost, bass; Dave Drewry, drums), Tolman reels and rocks through tales of children of alcoholics and dysfunctional families — real ’90s topics…If anything…often his phrasing sounds clunky, forced, and overly dramatic…It’s obvious that Tolman wants to become a contemporary storyteller, a rock and roll chronicler of the disenfranchised. And while he has his moments, he occasionally gets in over his head..

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