CD Review – Russ Marsh “America”
An unyielding sense of cynicism continues to overwhelm the radio airwaves, brushing off patriotic messages to right-wing media. Such a shame as a love for one’s country should not be divided by political affiliations. After the recent tragedy in Boston, listening to singer/songwriter Russ Marsh’s new album America provided a much-needed respite from the unspeakable horror and anti-American bashing being inflicted upon us by extremists. Call it old-fashioned, if you will; Marsh has produced a record that is brimming with red, white, and blue sentiments in a country bruised black and blue by hatred and violence.
Marsh has been in the music scene since the mid-‘70s. His lovelorn “Walking in the Footsteps of Your Mind” was such a huge regional smash that it was name-checked in Norman Mailer’s acclaimed biography of Gary Gilmore, The Executioner’s Song. And Marsh’s keen sense of melody and classic country hooks has not faded with the passage of time. “We’re American Made” proudly displays Marsh’s affection for his fellow American; regardless of skin color or ethnic origin, we are unified by the stars and stripes. “Stand Up One More Time” continues the rally call with youthful exuberance and deep passion. “America Forever” is a sweeping ballad, and on “Don’t Tread on Old Glory,” Marsh revisits the vintage fire of Hank Williams, Sr. This is exactly what this country needs right now.