Rankin Productions Presents Music Legend Ramblin’ Jack Elliott in Kingston on Fri. Sept. 23!

A MESSAGE FROM AL RANKIN

Hi friends, neighbours and music lovers,

Holy smokes!

This is truly a great one folks…

Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, the music legend who has had a huge influence on the lives and careers of countless musicians around the world (Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton, Ry Cooder, Bonnie Raitt, Tom Waits among many others) is coming to Kingston! He’s been around a long time but he’s still putting out great music (as evidenced by his 2009 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album).

This is an opportunity to spend an evening with a true music legend. Jack is not only a uniquely gifted singer and songwriter, he’s also a famously engaging raconteur and he certainly has a wealth of stories to tell.

This is a small venue and it should sell out pretty quickly. The tickets don’t go on sale to the public until late next week but as a subscriber to Al’s mailing list you have first crack at them at a special advanced price of just 25 bucks!  Just email Al at alrankin@xplornet.ca and he will save you tickets. Pick them up at Brian’s Record Option anytime before Sat. Sept. 10.  Here are the details and some bio on 2 time Grammy Award winner Ramblin’ Jack Elliott.

RAMBLIN’ JACK ELLIOTT
Friday, September 23 – 8 pm

Octave Theatre, 711 Dalton Ave.
Tickets: $25 in advance, available at Brian’s Record Option, 381 Princess St. Reserve by emailing Al if you’re on his mailing list and then pick them up at Brian’s by Sept.10.

Ramblin’ Jack Bio (from his official website)

“Nobody I know—and I mean nobody—has covered more ground and made more friends and sung more songs than the fellow you’re about to meet right now.  He’s got a song and a friend for every mile behind him.  Say hello to my good buddy, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott.”

Johnny Cash, The Johnny Cash Television Show, 1969

One of the last true links to the great folk traditions of this country, with over 40 albums under his belt, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott is considered one of the U.S.A.’s  legendary foundations of folk music.

Long before every kid in America wanted to play guitar — before Elvis, Dylan, the Beatles or Led Zeppelin — Ramblin’ Jack had picked it up and was passing it along. From Johnny Cash to Tom Waits, Beck to Bonnie Raitt, Ry Cooder to Bruce Springsteen, the Grateful Dead to The Rolling Stones, they all pay homage to Ramblin’ Jack Elliott.

In the tradition of roving troubadours Jack has carried the seeds and pollens of story and song for decades from one place to another, from one generation to the next. They are timeless songs that outlast whatever current musical fashion strikes today’s fancy.

“His tone of voice is sharp, focused and piercing.   All that and he plays the guitar effortlessly in a fluid flat-picking perfected style.  He was a brilliant entertainer….  Most folk musicians waited for you to come to them.  Jack went out and grabbed you…..  Jack was King of the Folksingers.”

Bob Dylan, Chronicles: Volume One

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 eighty years of age, 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 at The Octave Theatre in Kingston on Friday Sept.23!

The Legendary Judy Collins To Play Kingston’s Sydenham Street United Church!

An evening with Judy Collins
Friday, April 22, 2011 – 8:00 pm
Sydenham Street United Church
82 Sydenham Street, Kingston, ON K7L 3H4
Tickets: $35 plus HST
Available at the Grand Theatre Box Office
613-530-2050
www.kingstongrand.ca

and at:

Brian’s Record Option
381 Princess Street, Kingston, ON
613-542-2452

“Just over a month to go before the legendary Judy Collins comes to Kingston’s Sydenham Street United Church. 75% of the tickets are gone so don’t wait too much longer to get yours. This will certainly sell out. Here’s a video of Judy Collins and her protege Leonard Cohen singing Suzanne, the poem she convinced him to turn into a song – very sweet!

Judy Collins has thrilled audiences worldwide with her famously ethereal voice and her distinctive interpretation of some of the classic songs of our time. Her legendary career began in 1961 with the release of her first album, A Maid of Constant Sorrow, at the age of 22. She interpreted the songs of fellow artists – particularly the social poets of the time such as Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs and Tom Paxton. Judy was instrumental in bringing other singer-songwriters to a wider audience including Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell and Randy Newman. Judy Collins is also noted for her rendition of Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now” on her 1967 album, Wildflowers, which has since been entered into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Her famously moving version of Stephen Sondheim’s Send in the Clowns won a Grammy Award in 1975. Judy has continued an impressive musical career with an extensive catalogue from every decade throughout the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and up to the present. Her latest creative project is a new CD, Paradise, a collection of 10 songs that include duets of Judy with the legendary Stephen Stills and Joan Baez.

Judy Collins is still writing, performing, and nurturing fresh talent and plays 80 to 100 dates a year around the world. She is a relentlessly creative spirit, a modern day Renaissance woman who is also an accomplished painter, filmmaker, record label head, musical mentor, and an in-demand keynote speaker for mental health and suicide prevention. She continues to create music of hope and healing that lights up the world and speaks to the heart.” www.judycollins.com

Opening for Judy Collins is the very gifted Belfast-born singer-songwriter, Andy White. Andy, who has released ten internationally acclaimed albums since 1986, has just released Songwriter, and a new book called 21st Century Troubadour is also now available. Andy White is currently on tour in Canada with Stephen Fearing and joins Ms. Collins in April in Ontario.

(Stay tuned for a future post about Andy White!)