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Calendar, Night&Day You Don't Know Jack

You Don't Know Jack

Just one week ago, on YouTube, a woman watched Ramblin’ Jack Elliott play "San Francisco Bay Blues" on Pete Seeger's old TV program, Rainbow Quest. Impressed, the woman commented, "cute dude!!!!" The clip was made long ago; Elliott is now…
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Music, Country Crossroads

Country Crossroads

Let's get one thing straight here, music lovers: The Avett Brothers are not an Americana outfit. True, the band has been genuinely impacted by classic roots music as performed by Ramblin' Jack Elliott and Merle Haggard. But the group —…
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Music, Reviewed Jesse DeNatale

Jesse DeNatale

Most guys with the age and experience of Jesse DeNatale would have a hard time finding the romance of days gone by. But in all the well-worn nostalgia and twilight storytelling of his second album, there breathes not a pang…
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Calendar, Performance Blue Year's Eve

Blue Year's Eve

WED 12/31 When the holidays get ahold of you, all that alienating commodification of good will and compulsory consumerism can really get you down. Go ahead and cry yourself a river. But as you do, keep in mind that singer/actor…
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Music, House of Tudor House Of Tudor

House Of Tudor

In the mid-1950s, Ramblin' Jack Elliott busked his way across Europe, outfitted in a Stetson hat, cowboy boots, and a pair of worn Levi's, the true personification of the American cowboy singer. In London, where a neo-folk fad called "skiffle"…
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Music, Riff Raff Riff Raff

Riff Raff

Transmission Accomplished? "You can observe a lot by watching," Yogi Berra once said. To which we'll add this corollary: You can observe a lot by watching for what's missing. Like, for example, the fact that there's no advertising for upcoming…
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Music, Record Review

Review

Ramblin' Jack Elliott The Long Ride (HighTone) For a while, there didn't seem to be a place in the world for a guy who sang songs by old friends -- friends like Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan -- and…
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Riff Raff

Hanson, Disco Drag, and Other Literary Endeavors True, the New Main Library isn't the hippest of places to go swimming in the pop music media pool, but Riff Raff found itself wading in the deep end of Bay Area radio…
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Hard Travelin'

Sharon Ely's delicious pozole. A couple of cops who stopped David Carradine's kid brother and him on the way to the old Ash Grove. Those see-through motel towels. A Mexican smuggler and something about huevos rancheros. A muleteer who's ridden…
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