Ramblin' Jack Elliott National Medal of Arts Recipient And Grammy Winner Hits the Road at 74 Years Young 'No Direction Home' Dylan Doc Film National Commercial Airs

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Ramblin' Jack Elliott starts a tour this fall at 74 years young; on Bob Dylan and Ramblin' Jack Elliott's relationship; Elliott sings Woody Gunthrie's 'Car Car' for Nissan commercial.

Ramblin' Jack Elliott starts a tour this fall 74 years young performing at large and small clubs and auditoriums.

The dates are:

9/30 Pequot Lakes Auditorium, Nisswa, MN;

10/1 Private House Party in Saint Paul, MN;

10/7 The Auditorium, Eureka Springs, AR;

10/8 The Blue Door, Oklahoma City, OK;

10/12 Dan's Silverleaf, Denton, TX;

10/14 The Cactus Café, Austin, TX;

10/21 Outpost Performance Space, Albuquerque, NM

There are wonderful quotes from many famous and not-so-famous people about Jack Elliott. His life is the kind that great novels and movies are made from. No author could create a better character. He is one of the last true links to the great folk traditions of this country. Honored with a Grammy Award (South Coast-1996) and a National Medal of Honor Award at the White House (1999), he continues to perform worldwide, gaining new fans all along the way while influencing yet another new generation of artists.

Dylan Documentary

'No Direction Home' the new documentary by Martin Scorsese will be broadcast next week on PBS and the DVD was released on September 21st. Mr. Elliott is not in the film, but makes a brief appearance on the soundtrack CD backing up Mr. Dylan on the classic 'Mr. Tambourine Man.' As Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun Times puts it “The movie has a wealth of interviews with people who knew him (Dylan) at the time… There is significantly no mention of Ramblin' Jack Elliott…” The Dylan documentary movie soundtrack is available nationwide.

Ramblin' Jack's daughter Aiyana Elliott who produced “The Ballad of Ramblin' Jack” a documentary that won a Sundance Film Festival Creative Award says, “Jack was doing the exact thing that Dylan aimed to do when he first set out to conquer the music world. Jack was Woody's protégé. He actually lived and traveled with Woody, absorbing and then elaborating on his music and sound, if not song writing - which is obviously where Bob did come in and distinguish himself from Jack. And, as Bob himself has said, this may have been part of the impetus for him to start writing songs in the first place - to distinguish himself from Jack.

"According to Izzy Young (who put on Bob's first gig in the village) the extent to which Bob was coping Jack's sound and moves in those early days was uncanny and did piss some folks off. Also Jack was a virile dude, popular with the ladies, so I'm sure there was additional competition in that regard. But the extent to which he's sought to distance himself from my dad is a shame, because Jack has had nothing but love and admiration for Bob. While Dylan has generously acknowledged a debt to Dave Van Ronk, I think the extent to which he borrowed from Jack was greater and has been harder to acknowledge. I think that Scorsese is among our greatest director's - he's a giant. And I do think he's often gotten short shrift from the critics. But in this case, the exclusion of Jack from Dylan's story is a terrible piece of historical revisionism and disservice to the story. It may have been the price to pay for Bob's cooperation, but it's not what we expect from one of our master's of the craft. But Jack's still out there, doing his thing, giving it to us raw and up close, where we can see it and feel it, taking us back to a time of unadulterated personal and musical expression.”

Ramblin' Jack Sings “Car Car” in Nissan Commercial

Yes! that is indeed Ramblin' Jack Elliott's voice on the new Nissan sports car commercial featuring his vocal performance on Woody Guthrie's song 'Car Car' which was recorded in the early 1960's.

*Please Contact: Katrina Markarian (707) 578-6728

“One of Bob Dylan's primary influences, Ramblin' Jack Elliott is one of the true legends in folk music…” ~ San Francisco Chronicle

“There is no one, and I mean no one who has covered as many miles, sung as many songs, and made as many friends as Ramblin' Jack Elliott” ~ Johnny Cash


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