To celebrate Harvey Brooks’ 69th birthday, I published a three-part interview with the legendary bassist this past July. Brooks commented on a random assortment of his many associations with various legendary musicians, including Bob Dylan, Miles Davis, the Doors, Mama Cass Elliot, John Sebastian, CSN, Richie Havens, and Jimi Hendrix.
One person not covered was folk legend Tom Rush.
A new documentary, “Tom Rush: No Regrets” is being premiered this week at the New Hampshire Film Festival this week. I asked Mr. Brooks if he’d like to share any of his experiences playing with Mr. Rush back in the day. Here was his reply, via email:
I met Tom through his manager at the time, Arthur Gorson, who also managed Eric Andersen and Phil Ochs, among others.
I believe my first gig with Tom was at Club 47 (in Cambridge, Massachusetts), on the same bill as Taj Mahal. I had just finished Bob Dylan's "Highway 61 Revisited" album and was available. I loved that gig. Playing with Tom was always quality.
As I recall, if my memory serves me well, he was - and probably still is - the best dinner knife slide player. We also played Symphony Hall in Boston with Paul Harris on piano and Bruce Langhorne on guitar. I recorded with Tom on his "Take A Little Walk With Me" album for Elektra records. Best regards, Tom!
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Disclosure: I’ve been promoting the premiere of the documentary, “Tom Rush: No Regrets,” at the New Hampshire Film Festival. The film was shown earlier today, and will be repeated on Sunday, with Tom Rush giving an intimate performance during the Q&A portion. You can view the trailer on Vimeo.