Ramblin' Jack Elliott takes to the road
Monday, March 30, 2009
– Ramblin' Jack Elliott will take to the road in support of his upcoming release, "A Stranger Here," due April 7 on Anti- Records. Produced by Joe Henry (Bettye LaVette, Solomon Burke, Elvis Costello/Allen Toussaint), "A Stranger Here" is a collection of pre-WWII blues songs, re-crafted with backing by Los Angeles session musicians such as Van Dyke Parks and Los Lobos' David Hidalgo and re-imagined with Elliott's world-scarred voice.
Tour dates are:
April 16 - Acoustic Music, San Diego CA
April 17 - McCabe's, Los Angeles CA
May 2 - Kent Stages, Kent OH
May 3 - Madison Square Garden, New York City NY
May 7 - Regatta Bar, Cambridge MA
May 13 - Highline Ballroom, New York City, NY
May 15 - The Turning Point, Piermont NY
Elliott is among many musicians - including Bruce Springsteen, Eddie Vedder and John Mellencamp - who will gather at Madison Square Garden on May 3 to celebrate American folk legend Pete Seeger's 90th birthday.
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Friends of Mine
We should all be lucky enough to have Jerry Jeff Walker, Emmylou Harris and Tom Waits for friends. We should all lucky enough to have lived and toured with Woody Guthrie or influenced Bob Dylan early in his career. And while most of us can't, Ramblin' Jack Elliot can.
As a human confluence of 40 years of people, places and songs, Elliot draws from a bottomless well of experience in this series of duets. He recalls his earliest influence with Guthrie's "Hard Travelin'," and his Greenwich Village »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk
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