51 Cover


30 Poems, 20 Lyrics, 1 Self-Interview

By Paul Zarzyski; Tom Russell (Foreword by)

Bangtail Press, Paperback, 9780982860113, 260pp.

Publication Date: February 1, 2011

With "51," his first book in more than six years, Zarzyski gives not only 30 of his finest poems but also the lyrics to 20 songs co-written with Ian Tyson, Tom Russell, and Wylie Gustafson, and one brilliant self-interview.

About the Author
Montanan Paul Zarzyski is a former bareback rider. He now writes full time and has performed his work at the Library of Congress, Festival Hall in London, and numerous other grand venues. His six books and chapbooks include The Make-Up of Ice and I Am Not a Cowboy.

Tom Russell has recorded 25 records and two DVDs. His songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Doug Sahm, Nancy Griffith, Joe Ely, Iris Dement, Ian Tyson, KD Lang, Suzy Bogguss, Ramblin? Jack Elliott, Jeff Walker, Dave Van Ronk and other great artists.

Russells latest release "Blood and Candle Smoke" is a collection of powerful observations and deliberations that has the media and fellow musicians buzzing. USA Today calls the album "stunning," while the San Francisco Chronicle proclaims it "about as perfect as it gets." Robert Hunter, Greatful Dead Lyricist and co-writer of Bob Dylans 2009 album "Together Through Life" states that Blood and Candle Smoke is an "excellent record in all respects. Lyrics are jewels, arrangements deeply tasteful, vocals superb." Maverick UK gives the album 5 stars out of 5. "Russell raises his songwriting to new and different heights of greatness...Album of the Year (so far) hands down. Very possibly Album of the Decade!"