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Ramblin' Jack Elliott: I Stand AloneI Stand Alone (2006)
Reviewer Rating: 4.5
Contributed by: greg0rbgreg0rb
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This is a folk record, let me just get that out of the way right now. I know, I know, this is PUNKnews, but let me make some connections for you all. First, it's on Anti-, an Epitaph offshoot, so you got that. Then you've got punk-folker Billy Bragg who called folk legend Woody Guthrie 'the first pu.
This is a folk record, let me just get that out of the way right now. I know, I know, this is PUNKnews, but let me make some connections for you all. First, it's on Anti-, an Epitaph offshoot, so you got that. Then you've got punk-folker Billy Bragg who called folk legend Woody Guthrie 'the first punk rocker,' and undisputedly 'punk' bands Anti-Flag and Dropkick Murphys who have covered Guthrie's songs. Well, the 75-year-old Jack Elliott was mentored and befriended by Guthrie himself, and he carries on Guthrie's style. Then there's Elliott's own mentee Bob Dylan, who will always be cool. Current bands who show folk music influences more so than others include Rilo Kiley, Bright Eyes, Wilco, the Weakerthans, Iron & Wine and Devandra Banhart. The last in that list invited Elliott to play All Tomorrow's Parties in the U.K. earlier this year, and apparently he killed. Over the years, Elliott has shared the stage with countless acts, one notable and unexpected one being the Velvet Underground back in the Warhol era. Other important figures paying homage to the folk genre are Bruce Springsteen with his tribute to Pete Seeger (also mentored by Guthrie), and Greg Graffin with his Cold as the Clay. If any of this previous music interests you at all, the next logical step is to go straight to a more authentic source, such as Elliott (or Guthrie, Seeger, etc). While they are not considered 'punk' to most, as you can see by my ramblings, there can be connections made, and anyway it's great music so who cares about the label? Onto the album.
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