Ramblin' Jack Elliott
"I've heard a lot of wonderful stories about myself, enviable–I wish I could've done it," says Ramblin' Jack Elliott (whose nickname comes from his storytelling style). Everybody has a story about this folk legend, and some of the stories are myths. The truth is that Ramblin' Jack has not only taught but also learned something from everyone he's ever met and made music with. Ramblin' Jack's career has crossed paths with musicians ranging from the singing cowboys he worked with after running away from home in New York, to Woody Guthrie (much of whose music he transmitted to the world), to Arlo Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, and Tom Russell, all of whom he mentored or directly influenced. Ramblin' Jack Elliott is a true American treasure whose recent recording work on the Anti- label has brought him a new group of fans who are two or three generations younger than he is. His latest release, "A Stranger Here," won a Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Album.