Tom Rush at Freight & Salvage, by Ria Burman
Tom Rush (photo: Ria Burman)

Photos and words by Ria Burman
Tom Rush tickled and treated the crowd to a tremendous two-set show Wednesday night at the cozy, community-conscious Freight & Salvage coffeehouse.

Accompanied on piano by a nimble-fingered whirlwind of a musician, Matt Nakoa, Tom Rush took the crowd on a soul-tingling journey covering blues greats, recalling Joni Mitchell first-time meetings, testing the legs on new material, and delivering old-school originals with smooth vocals and eye twinkles.

Check out “If Your Man Gets Busted” from Tom Rush’s 1965 self-titled album and “Mink Julep” and “Mother Earth” from the 1972 album, Merrimack County.