The term living legend is bantered around so much these days that it's lost much of its meaning. It's a title that really needs to be earned through living which is why it's really a perfect way to describe Ramblin' Jack Elliott, who at 77 years-old, is releasing a new album titled A Stranger Here today.
In his younger years Elliott was mentored by Woody Guthrie, later returning the favor by serving as a role model for a young Bob Dylan. When asked about all this, Elliott simply says "Dylan learned from me the same way I learned from Woody." It's a matter of fact statement which speaks to the enormity of Elliott's impact on American music.
On his new Album, A Stranger Here, Elliott works with producer Joe Henry and a stellar collection of musicians including Van Dyke Parks and David Hidalgo of Los Lobos. This time he steps out of the folk genre that shaped his 50 plus year career and instead interprets a selected number of depression era blues songs by artists such as Son House, Mississippi John Hurt, Rev. Gary Davis.
It's a stark and emotional journey that seems perfectly fitting for the times. A Stranger Here promises to be another wonderful tome in the library of Ramblin Jack Elliott, one of the great American storytellers and an undeniable legend.
Read the great new interview with Ramblin' Jack in the Wall Street Journal here: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123905726535894711.html
Make sure to catch Elliott as he tours the country with his guitar and songs.
2009-04-16 Acoustic Music San Diego, CA
2009-04-17 McCabes Guitar Shop Santa Monica, CA
2009-04-18 McCabes Guitar Shop Santa Monica, CA
2009-05-02 Kent Stages Kent, OH
2009-05-07 Regatta Bar Cambridge, MA
2009-05-09 8 X 10 Baltimore, MD
2009-05-12 Highline Ballroom New York, NY
2009-05-15 The Turning Point Piermont, NY
2009-05-17 Sellersville Theater Sellersville, PA
2009-06-06 Luz De Estrella Winery Marfa, TX
2009-06-11 The Cactus Cafe Austin, TX
2009-06-12 The Cactus Cafe Austin, TX
2009-06-26 Black Oak Ranch Laytonville, CA
2009-06-27 Black Oak Ranch Laytonville, CA
2009-08-22 Lincoln Center New York, NY
2009-08-29 The Freight Berkeley, CA