A Cultural Conversation With Ramblin' Jack: Diving Into Deep Blues
Ramblin' Jack Elliott, last musical partner of Woody Guthrie, mentor and model for young Bob Dylan, and sonic grandfather of just about every scruffy-voiced folksinger in the Western world, is now 77 and has just undergone some needed hip-replacement surgery. Unlike most people at that point in life, and well past 50 years in a performing career, he not only has a new CD, "A Stranger Here," out today on Anti-Records, but it's a release that marks a whole new turn in his repertoire toward the hard, "deep" blues of the Depression era.
The Phoenix: "This is not so much a reinvention as another way to look deep into the heart of Elliott's music. It's also an early nominee for folk album of the year." New Musical Express: "These dark, old blues tracks have never sounded more haunting."