Appleseed’s 21st Anniversary: Roots And Branches Tracklist

Appleseed’s 21st Anniversary: Roots And Branches Tracklist
features Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Tom Morello and more!

Disc Three: “Keeping The Songs Alive”
3. Ramblin’ Jack Elliott – Roving Gambler

Tom Morello’s unreleased AC/DC cover set to feature on a new compilation

Written by Tyler Jenke on Aug 21, 2018 

A new compilation is set to feature a number of unreleased tracks from some of music’s biggest names, including a cover of AC/DC’s ‘Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap’ by Tom Morello.

Back in 1997, Jim Musselman founded Appleseed Recordings, an American folk music record label that has gone on to release work by the likes of Pete Seeger, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, and even The Byrds’ Roger McGuinn.

Now, for the label’s 21st anniversary, Appleseed are set to release a 3 CD compilation featuring tracks from of the biggest names in music, including Bruce Springsteen, Billy Bragg, and Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello, who has contributed a cover of AC/DC’s ‘Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap’.

Of course, some fans might have heard Tom Morello’s cover of the AC/DC track in the past, as his 2008 tour of Australia as The Nightwatchman saw Morello covering the likes of AC/DC and Midnight Oil, the later with members of Anti-Flag. continue reading

Happy 87th Birthday to Ramblin' Jack Elliott

Take a moment to celebrate the GRAMMY winning folk icon who celebrates 87 years today! If you are in the Novato area, spend some time LIVE with Jack in song and story at Hopmonk Tavern, this Friday August 3rd! TICKETS

Ramblin Jack Elliott and others honor John Perry Barlow

Pro-Shot Full Show Video: Bob Weir, Sean Lennon, Lukas Nelson & Jerry Harrison Among Performers At Barlow Tribute

Apr 9, 201 88:18 am PDT By Scott Bernstein

The life of internet pioneer, political activist and Grateful Dead lyricist John Perry Barlow, who passed away in February, was celebrated at The Fillmore in San Francisco on Sunday night. “Barlow’s Graduation From Meatspace” featured musical performances, photo slideshows, films and speakers throughout the evening.

New Orleans brass band The Soul Rebels were the first performers of the event. The group’s set included their own “Rebel Rock” and a cover of Hall & Oates’ “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do).” Counter-culture icon Wavy Gravy helped MC the event, while Mountain Girl shared stories about JPB early on in the evening. Then, video of Ramblin’ Jack Elliott reciting a poem about the life of Barlow was shown on a screen on-stage at The Fillmore.

Singer-songwriter Jerry Joseph took part in the event by performing “(I’m In Love With) Hyrum Black” with guitarist Steve Kimock and drummer/percussionist Wally Ingram. The next portion of the tribute was led by Talking Heads multi-instrumentalist Jerry Harrison. Jerry and a group that included Ingram, Bob Weir, Harper Simon, Paul Ill, Sean Lennon and Aishlin Harrison played a sequence of the Talking Heads’ “Heaven,” the Grateful Dead’s “I Need A Miracle” and Al Green’s “Take Me To The River.” Weir was content to play rhythm and sing backing vocals throughout.

The tribute rolled on with footage of Edward Snowden talking about the importance of John Perry Barlow’s activism. Other speakers included Barlow’s daughters Amelia Barlow and Anna Barlow as well as Kathelin Grey and Alden Bevington. Later in the night, Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl performed “The World Was Made For Men,” while Amelia Barlow sang a few songs that included “I Will Take You Home” written by her father and Brent Mydland.

Guitarist Lukas Nelson was in the spotlight for the final musical segment of the tribute. Lukas was joined by Robin Sylvester, Alex Koford, Sean Lennon, Bob Weir and Wally Ingram for “Hell In A Bucket.” Nelson then sang “Estimated Prophet” as Harper Simon, Paul Ill and Jerry Harrison added to the ensemble. Steve Kimock was among those who came aboard for “Feel Like A Stranger.” Most of the evening’s performers then helped out on a “Cassidy.” Finally, a recorded speech from John Perry Barlow titled “Love Forgives Everything” was broadcast in order to give the late songwriter/activist the final word at his own tribute.

Watch the full broadcast of Sunday’s tribute to Barlow:


Nice mention in New Yorker


APRIL 16, 2018

Colter Wall, the Canadian Cowboy

The singer is a welcome addition to the genre of outlaw country.

By Benjamin Shapiro

Colter Wall, a rising voice in country circles, brings his gravelly ballads to the Bowery Ballroom.

Illustration by Jamie Coe

On a recent night in the woods west of Nashville, the twenty-two-year-old Canadian singer Colter Wall let out a sigh of relief. He’d been putting the finishing touches on a new batch of recordings, and one track just hadn’t felt right. “It’s an old cowboy song,” he told me. “The only one I wasn’t happy about. It’s just me singin’, playing a chord, and lettin’ it ring. It needed an atmospheric feel.” Wall wanted to nod toward the traditional country-and-Western music he’d grown up with: the folksy romanticism of Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and Marty Robbins. His producer, the Grammy winner Dave Cobb, invited Wall to his house, where he lit a fire and set up a mike; the singer finished the take accompanied by the sound of the flames. “It’s always nice to hear a crackling fire,” Wall said.

Wall is among the most reflective young country singers of his generation—though he calls himself a folksinger, and refers to his new music as Western songs. He’s also a gentleman, and will call you sir so often you might feel rude by comparison. Both his manners and his music are vestiges of an upbringing in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, an agricultural community near the Montana-Canada border. “It’s cow country,” Wall said. “A lot of ranchers, a lot of farmers, the plains.” He chuckled. “There’s an old joke that in Swift Current you can watch your dog run away all week.”

Wall’s records are starkly elegant: twanging guitar, dampened percussion and bass, and the occasional pedal steel. His ace in the hole is his showstopping voice: a resonant, husky baritone, wounded and vulnerable. The singer’s self-titled début album, released last year, was made up of eleven haunting love songs and murder ballads, borrowed from the outlaw-country movement of the nineteen-seventies, when a genre condescendingly referred to as hillbilly music shifted toward something more muted and enduring. On “Kate McCannon,” he slowly recounts a marital homicide like a lakeside tale shared at quiet dusk. Townes Van Zandt, whom Wall has covered, was a lodestar of the genre, as was James Szalapski’s 1976 music documentary, “Heartworn Highways.” The country singer Steve Earle described Wall’s songs as “stunning,” and added, “He’s been listening to the right stuff, and he gets it.”

A few days after finishing his upcoming album, Wall left for a tour that’s taking him well into the summer. He’ll be peppering a few new songs into the set, although he hasn’t landed on a name for the tour yet. “I’ll probably use the first song as the title,” he told me: “ ‘Plain to See Plainsman.’ ” He also hasn’t chosen a backing band, so it’s anyone’s guess who might be onstage with him at the Bowery Ballroom on April 11, when he’ll bring his outlaw country to a decidedly more urban audience. “For the past few months I’ve been playing solo, but I’m hoping by the time New York rolls around I might have a band with me.” ♦

UPCOMING SHOWS - Peter Rowan & Ramblin Jack Elliott LIVE

Don't miss Ramblin Jack Elliott and Peter Rowan LIVE for select dates in January 2018!

JAN 9th at The Mim

JAN 11th @ Largo at the Coronet

JAN 12th @AMSD Concerts

Perhaps no two performers exemplify the American bluegrass and folk traditions as deeply as Peter Rowan and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott.

Grammy Award winner and six-time Grammy nominee Peter Rowan is a bluegrass singer-songwriter with a career spanning over five decades. From his early years of playing under the tutelage of bluegrass patriarch Bill Monroe, Rowan’s stint in the group Old and in the Way with Jerry Garcia, and his subsequent breakout as both a solo performer and bandleader, Rowan has built a devoted, international fan base through his continuous stream of original recordings, collaborative projects, and constant touring.

One of the last true links to the great folk traditions of this country, with over forty albums under his belt, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott is considered one of the country’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.

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 Show

[Peter Rowan] is to bluegrass what Willie Nelson is to Country and Western, meaning so deep in the traditions that the music seeps out of his pores.

—San Francisco Chronicle

Over the past 40 years and more, Rowan has played almost every style of music that America has produced. . . . Rowan hasn’t just played these styles of music, however, he has immersed himself in them, gone right back to their roots in order to form a complete understanding of them.


A Story about RJE from Arlo Guthrie PBS Specia

Highway in the Wind

I'm sitting here watching Arlo Guthrie on PBS ... it's the concert celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of Alice's Restaurant, and he just told the following story:

I had just graduated from high school, and I got this phone call from some friends of my father ... Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee. They'd heard I was doing some music and asked if I would come out to the West Coast and open some shows for them. I hung up the phone and excitedly told my mother, "Hey, Ma, I'm going out to the West Coast to play my music." And she, of course, said, "No, you're not." But when I told her it was Sonny and Brownie, well then of course she couldn't say no ... they were like family. So then she said, "Well, if you're going to go all the way out there, then you're going to have to stay with family." At which point I had to remind her that we didn't have any family out there. To which she replied, "Then you'll just have to go with the next best thing ... Ramblin' Jack Elliott." Seeing as how I knew Ramblin' Jack a whole lot better than my mother did, I was pretty excited about this turn of events.

So when I got out there to Malibu, Jack met me, and we took my stuff back to his place and headed off to the rodeo, which happened to be going on out there that day ...

Arlo goes on to tell of seeing this gorgeous queen of the rodeo come riding toward him and then right on by him without even a glance; moved to his very soul, he got up the next morning and wrote "Highway in the Wind" for that rodeo queen whose path would eventually cross his again and merge with his for the 43 years of their profoundly loving marriage, which ended only with her passing in 2012.

Good thing his mother sent him to Jack and that Jack took him to the rodeo! Pretty amazing stuff.

-Donna Johnson

Ramblin' Jack Elliott Fall Tour Dates

Spanning six decades, the career of Ramblin’ Jack Elliott is still going strong. November 9th kicks off a series of dates in the South that include Cactus Cafe, Cactus Theatre, Sam's Burger Joint, Dosey Doe, The Old Quarter and Red Dragon Listening Room. Texas & Louisiana - here comes the lover of storytelling, veteran troubadour, and GRAMMY-winning icon of American roots and folk music! 

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Watch for dates in early 2018 including the Cowboy Poetry Festival and JUST ANNOUNCED dates with Peter Rowan!


Songwriters Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and John Prine perform in Monterey

By Adam Joseph, Monterey County Weekly

"A rodeo friend gave me leather suspenders , which is the only thing I can use to hold my pants up since I lost my ass in the music business" – Ramblin’ Jack Elliott

“Everybody’s dying this year,” says folk icon Ramblin’ Jack Elliott. “It seems like a week doesn’t go by without some beloved musician dying.”

The 85-year-old folk finger-picker’s morbid observation is prompted when the subject of Leonard Cohen’s recent passing comes up. Elliott, being the infectious, meandering rambler he’s been for decades, has many pockets filled with stories involving just about every well-known figure in the arts world. In Cohen’s case, he tells a quick yarn about the two going out for a Japanese dinner one night in the ’70s. While they waited for their food, Cohen decided to do a headstand, matter-of-factly enough, next to his chair, for about 15 minutes.

“He was studying yoga,” Elliott explains. “It was difficult for the waiters to get around [Cohen], but they weren’t going to stop him.”

It’s the first day in a long time that Elliott feels healthy and chipper. Following a 12-city tour spanning 5,000 miles, the folk hero says a “mystery cough” has kept him bedridden and on prednisone for about a month, but he woke at 6am that morning and strolled through patches of it’s-good-to-be-alive early-morning fog.

Regarded as the son of Woody Guthrie and the father of Bob Dylan, Elliott’s a folk musician’s folk musician who can also be somewhat elusive, which may be the result of not keeping up with some technological advances.

“I’m very good with old trucks and young horses, but I cannot figure out a computer to save my butt,” he admits.

That doesn’t stop his music from being recorded: He’s released over 40 records, been nominated for five Grammy Awards and brought home two wins, including Best Traditional Blues Album for his distinct rearrangement of old country blues staples on 2009’s A Stranger Here.

When asked about receiving the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award from Folk Alliance International, Elliott instead talks about being one of the 1998 recipients of the National Medal of the Arts, personally awarded by the president of the United States: “I got to see the White House, I got to meet Bill Clinton and Mrs. Clinton and take photographs of it all.”

Elliott is pleased about his folk mentee Bob Dylan winning the 2016 Nobel Prize for literature: “I’m proud of the kid,” he says. Mentioning Dylan prompts a final tale, about the first time he and Elliott met. Elliott left the U.S. in 1955 and bummed around Europe for six years, singing Woody Guthrie songs and recording albums. Upon returning to the States in 1961, Elliott visited Guthrie at his house in New Jersey on one of his notorious Sunday get-togethers and noticed “a kid with curly hair.”

Elliott summons a very good Dylan impression. “Bobby Dylan said, ‘I listen to all your recordings, Jack,’” Elliott says. “Then [Dylan] starts telling me about all the songs he likes that I recorded in England, which is really where my professional recording career got started. So there was Bob Dylan telling me that he was a big fan of mine and had all of my recordings and he liked all my songs, so I naturally took a liking to him.”

Last October, Elliott was invited to join another one of his folk-friends-for-life, Kris Kristofferson, who scored the 2016 Woody Guthrie Prize in Tulsa, Oklahoma. An all-star benefit concert was held, culminating in Elliott joining Kristofferson on stage for a sweeping rendition of “Me and Bobby McGee” with Rodney Crowell and John Flynn.

While Elliott hasn’t released any of his own records since 2009, his presence on other artists’ records remains in demand: Grateful Dead guitarist/vocalist Bob Weir’s killer 2016 solo record Blue Mountain features Ramblin’ Jack (and the Ramblin’ Jackernacle Choir) guest yodeling and hollering on the cowboy tune, “Ki-Yi Bossie.”

Before Elliott’s 1969 performance on The Johnny Cash Show, Cash told the audience, “[Elliott’s] got a song and friend for every mile behind him.”

The world is grateful that Ramblin’ Jack Elliott continues to add clicks to the old odometer of life.

On Wednesday, Elliott will open for longtime buddy and ’70s tourmate, mailman-turned-country star John Prine “(Sam Stone,” “Angel From Montgomery”) at Golden State Theatre in Monterey. It will be a special show because it’s the only date on the books, as of now, featuring both performers on the same bill.

For over 40 years, Prine has been the kind of singer-songwriter that humbly eases into the stage spotlight sans grandiosity, but can still make new listeners feel like they’ve unearthed gold. In the early years, Prine was known for being able to quiet a room full of drunks, who’d end up entranced, hanging on each line as if it was the edge of a cliff. One of his most poignant songs, “Sam Stone,” centers on an injured Korean War veteran who returns home with a Purple Heart and a morphine addiction. Prine’s bygone-era fingerpicking is simple, but masterful, and his words are accessible yet skin-deep: “There’s a hole in Daddy’s arm where all the money goes… ” It rings over and over again, long after the tune is finished.

RAMBLIN’ JACK ELLIOTT and JOHN PRINE 8pm Wednesday, Dec. 14. Golden State Theatre, 417 Alvarado St., Monterey. $60-$104. 649-1070,

Dec 14th Ramblin Jack Elliott performs with John Prine

John Prine w Ramblin' Jack Elliott

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 8:00 PM

Golden State Theatre Monterey, CA



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 country'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

Two time Grammy-winner, singer-songwriter, John Prine, is among the English language’s premier phrase-turners. Forty-five years into a remarkable career that has drawn effusive praise from Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson, Bonnie Raitt, Roger Waters, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, and others who would know, Prine is a smiling, shuffling force for good. He is a Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member whose classic debut album, simply titled John Prine, is recognized as part of the Recording Academy’s Grammy Hall of Fame.Prine’s songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Tom T. Hall, the Everly Brothers, Carly Simon, Bette Midler, Norah Jones, George Strait, Miranda Lambert, and many others. But his genius isn’t found in his resume, it’s found in the brilliance of lyrics from his large catalog of songs.

He has collaborated with musical heroes from Bruce Springsteen to Mac Wiseman, and has been name-checked in songs by Country Music Hall of Famer, Vince Gill, and contemporary country songbird Kacey Musgraves. John’s music has stayed as relevant as ever.  Prine is an Americana Music Honors & Awards winner for lifetime achievement in songwriting and was recently awarded the prestigious PEN Lyrics Award. He continues to record and perform at sold out shows all over the US, Canada, and Europe.

Ramblin' Jack Elliott - Folk Alliance Lifetime Achievement Award 2016

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