Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Ramblin Jack Elliott "A Stranger Here" (2009)
Was the 60s folk scare the squarest time in pop music? It was certainly in the running.... It's interesting to me how eventually even performers tainted with that association can eventually be repackaged as the Other, & thus eventually "cooled".
In light of that, it's interesting that the album cover doesn't actually show Elliott's face. Why is that? Was there the fear that he would look too much like (the buyer's) grandfather?
This late career effort sees Ramblin Jack's voice in decline. It's thin now, the voice of an old man. But this is still a very nice set of primarily blues covers. There's quite a bit of diversity in the arrangements, which makes for a good listen.