Photos: Tom Russell in Lafayette, Indiana

by Carl Abernathy on December 5, 2016

Tom Russell wrote “Who’s Gonna Build Your Wall” long before Donald Trump started promising folks he’d build a barrier between Mexico and the United States.

The song’s probably more relevant now than when he wrote it. Russell’s songs are like that. They’re timeless capsules of everyday folks’ struggles and glories.

Russell played “Who’s Gonna Build Your Wall” Sunday night at Duncan Hall in Lafayette. The audience loved it. He also played my favorite, “Nina Simone.” I love the song because it’s both loving and wistful. As he sang about traveling though the rain and snow, I thought about my new young friends, two sisters from Germany who’ve been busing around the United States between jobs for two years.

The sisters, Julia and Gina, have probably lost count of how many times they’ve seen Russell. They’re following him to Columbus, Ohio, before heading back to California to escape the onslaught of winter in the Midwest. The snowy mix that pelted us as we waited to get into the show Sunday was nasty enough for Julia and Gina.

Tom Russell’s witty lyrics and gentle delivery warmed everyone up. Safe travels Julia and Gina. Enjoy the show.

Thanks to Friends of Bob, a wonderful local music cooperative for booking Russell.

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Julia and Gina
Julia and Gina

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