Sunday, July 25 / 7 PM
Ramblin’ Jack Elliot
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“He was a brilliant entertainer . . . Most folk musicians waited for you to come to them. Jack went out and grabbed you. Jack was King of the Folksingers.”
–Bob Dylan (Chronicles: Vol I)
One of the last true links to the great folk traditions of this country, with more than 40 albums under his belt, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott is an American treasure. From Johnny Cash to Tom Waits, Beck to Bonnie Raitt, Ry Cooder to Bruce Springsteen, the Grateful Dead to The Rolling Stones, they all pay homage to Ramblin’ Jack Elliott. He ran away from his Brooklyn home at fourteen to join the rodeo and learned to play guitar from a cowboy. In 1950 he met Woody Guthrie, moved in with the Guthrie family, and traveled with Woody to California and Florida, from the redwood forests to the Gulf Stream waters. In the tradition of roving troubadours Jack is keeping the songs and stories alive for today’s generation. He has been honored with a Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Album, a Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album, five additional Grammy nominations, and a National Medal of the Arts.
His 90th birthday is on August 1st.