Reviewer Mike Regenstreif had this to say.
"I checked into the Folk Hotel when I was a teenager in the late-1960s. Tom Russell, who is about five years older than me, was already there. Both of us encountered many of the same legendary figures who were there before us – legends whose spirits loom large over Folk Hotel..." "There are 14 tracks on Folk Hotel – 13 written or co-written by Tom – and every one of them is worthy of great praise."
Up In The Old Hotel / Leaving El Paso / I'll Never Leave These Old Horses / The Sparrow Of Swansea / All On A Belfast Morning / Rise Again, Handsome Johnny / Harlan Clancy / The Last Time I Saw Hank / The Light Beyond The Coyote Fence / The Dram House Down In Gutter Lane / The Day They Dredged The Liffey / The Banks Of Montauk / The Road To Santa Fe-O / The Rooftops Of Copenhagen / Just Like Tom Thums's Blues / Scars On His Ankles