Friday, July 29, 2011

Ramblin' Jack Elliott

July 30 & 31st - Artist Profile:

Ramblin' Jack Elliott plays the Harbor Stage
Saturday July 30th. Tickets are Sold Out.

A Celebration in Music - One of the elder statesmen of the American folk singer and storyteller tradition, Ramblin' Jack Elliott (born Elliot Charles Adnopoz) has been introducing audiences to traditional country, blues, bluegrass and folk songs for over 50 years.

His latest album, A Stranger Here (Anti/Epitaph, 2009), which includes songs by Leadbelly, Mississippi John Hurt, Big Bill Broonzy and others, won a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues. He first learned to play guitar from a rodeo cowboy, after running away from his Brooklyn, NY home, not to join the circus, but to become a rodeo star. Fortunately for us, he discovered music instead, and went on to become great friends with his mentor Woody Guthrie.

Ramblin' Jack helped to immortalize Guthrie's music and inspired his son Arlo and countless other young folk singers and songwriters here and in Europe. The long list of those who cite him as an influence includes Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, Johnny Cash, Tom Waits, Beck, Bonnie Raitt, Ry Cooder, Bruce Springsteen, The Grateful Dead, The Rolling Stones, Jerry Jeff Walker, and Guy Clark - Julie Stoller

A Newport Folk Birthday: Ramblin' Jack Elliott celebrates his 80th birthday on August 1, and continues to win over new fans with his down-to-earth, engaging manner.

Ramblin' Jack Elliott
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