Ramblin' Jack Elliot w/ Jeff Slate at The Loft - 7/30

Ramblin' Jack Elliot w/ Jeff Slate at The Loft - 7/30

Tuesday, July 30 2019 6:30pm Doors / 8:00pm Start

Tickets

VIP
$40.00
Reserved
$30.00
Bar Stool
$15.00
Tue Jul 30 2019

Ramblin' Jack Elliot w/ Jeff Slate at The Loft - 7/30

at The Loft at City Winery

Doors:
6:30pm
Starts:
8:00pm

Tickets

VIP
$40.00
Reserved
$30.00
Bar Stool
$15.00

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About:

There  are no  degrees of  separation between  Jack and the real thing.  He is the guy who ran away from  his Brooklyn home at fourteen to join  the rodeo and learned his guitar from a  cowboy. In 1950, he met Woody Guthrie, moved  in with the Guthrie family and traveled with Woody  to California and Florida, from the redwood forests to  the Gulf Stream waters. Jack became so enthralled with the  life and composer of This Land Is Your Land, The Dust Bowl  Ballads, and a wealth of children's songs that he completely absorbed  the inflections and mannerisms, leading Guthrie to remark, "Jack sounds more  like me than I do." In 1954, along with folksinging pals Frank Robinson and Guy  Carawan, Jack journeyed south through Appalachia, Nashville and to New Orleans to hear  authentic American country music. He later made this the basis for his talking song, 912 Greens.

 

In  1955  Jack married  and traveled to  Europe, bringing his  genuine American folk,  cowboy and blues repertoire  and his guitar virtuosity, inspiring  a new generation of budding British rockers,  from Mick Jagger to Eric Clapton. When he returned  to America in 1961, he met another young folksinger,  Bob Dylan at Woody Guthrie's bedside, and mentored Bob.

 

Jack  has continued  as an inspiration  for every roots-inspired performer  since. Along the way he learned the  blues first-hand from Leadbelly, Mississippi  John Hurt, the Reverend Gary Davis, Big Bill Broonzy, Brownie Mcghee and Sonny Terry,  Jesse Fuller and Champion Jack Dupree. He has recorded forty albums; wrote one of the  first trucking songs, Cup of Coffee, recorded by Johnny Cash; championed the works of  new singer-songwriters, from Bob Dylan and Kris Kristofferson to Tim Hardin; became a  founding member of Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue; and continued the life of the traveling  troubadour influencing Jerry Jeff Walker, Guy Clark, Tom Russell The Grateful Dead and countless  others.

 

In  1995,  Ramblin'  Jack received  his first of four  Grammy nominations and  the Grammy Award for Best  Traditional Folk Album, for South  Coast (Red House Records). In 1998, President  Bill Clinton awarded Jack the National Medal  of the Arts, proclaiming, "In giving new life  to our most valuable musical traditions, Ramblin'  Jack has himself become an American treasure." In 2000,  Jack's daughter, filmmaker, Aiyana Elliott produced and directed The  Ballad of Ramblin' Jack, her take on Jack's life and their fragile relationship,  winning a Special Jury Prize from the Sundance Film Festival.

 

Through  it all —  though agents,  managers, wives and  recording companies have  tried — Jack resisted being  molded into a commercial commodity. He  played his shows without a written set  list or including any songs that did not  ring with his gut feeling of what mattered  to him. Ramblin' Jack's life of travels, performances  and recordings is a testament to the America of lore,  a giant land of struggle, hard luck and sometimes even of good  fortune. Ramblin' Jack takes us to places that spur us on to the  romance and passion of life in the tunes and voices of real people. At  seventy-seven, Ramblin' Jack is still on the road, still seeking those people,  places, songs and stories that are hand-crafted, wreaking of wood and canvas, cowhide  and forged metal. You'll find him in the sleek lines of a long haul semi-truck, in the rigging of an old sailing  ship, in the smell of a fine leather saddle.

 

Better  yet, find  him in your  local concert hall  or on one of his many  albums on iTunes or Amazon.

 

Jeff Slate

Singer-songwriter Jeff Slate is an internationally recognized recording artist and music journalist. He co-founded the band the Mindless Thinkers in the 1980s, founded The Badge in the 90s, and has performed and worked with countless other rock luminaries, including Pete Townshend of The Who, Roger McGuinn of The Byrds, Sheryl Crow and others. His band with David Bowie sideman Earl Slick, and his current band Jeff Slate & Friends, are both mainstays of the Northeast music scene. As a solo performer he has played all over the world, from St. George's Hall in Liverpool to Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco. He plays Martin guitars, Hofner basses and uses Vox amplifiers.

Jeff's music has appeared on the BBC and in shows like Gossip Girl and One Tree Hill. Jeff writes about music for The New Yorker, Wall Street Journal, Esquire, Rolling Stone, NBC News, and many other publications, contributed liner notes to the 50th anniversary edition of The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and is the author of The Authorized Roy Orbison, a biography of the legend, with Orbison's sons.  In 2018, Jeff wrote the liner notes for Bob Dylan's The Bootleg Series, Vol. 14: More Blood, More Tracks.

Jeff is a regular visitor to SiriusXMs Volume, has appeared on Jonesy's Jukebox, and numerous podcasts -- such as Roadie Free Radio and the Rockonomics Podcast -- and local TV and radio shows. He has been profiled in publications around the world.