Tom Rush returned to the stage in 1982 after a hiatus, hungry to find new songwriters to work with as he’d done decades before. He started a series of “Club 47 Concerts,” named for the Boston club where he started out, and shared the stage with established contemporaries and jumpstarting the careers of household names like Shawn Colvin, Nanci Griffith and Alison Krauss. Rush said these concerts were about “looking forward, looking back, one generation introducing the next.”
On his June 13 stop at Manship Theatre, Rush will join two longtime collaborators from Baton Rouge: Duke Bardwell, an masterful singer-songwriter in his own right and a member of Elvis’ band in the mid 1970s, and Casey Kelly, founding member of legendary local rock band the Greek Fountains and writer of country classics such as T.G. Sheppard’s “Somewhere Down the Line” and “Anyone Who Isn’t Me Tonight,” a No. 1 hit for Kenny Rogers. Both artists have toured with Rush throughout their careers, and this show should be a stirring homecoming and great night of song.