Album of the Day
Born on this day in 1931, Ramblin' Jack Elliott was a disciple of Woody Guthrie and later a role model for Bob Dylan; with a career spanning more than 60 years, he remains one of folk music's most enduring treasures. YOUNG BRIGHAM was the singer's first of two albums for Reprise Records, cut in Nashville with producer Bruce Langhorne in 1968. Though heavy on traditional material and Guthrie songs, the 11 tracks also include more contemporary singer-songwriter fare (“If I Were A Carpenter”), a Rolling Stones cover (“Connection”) and a touch of the roundabout storytelling that earned the performer his nickname. Johnny Cash, who wrote the liner notes to this set, once said of Ramblin' Jack, “He's got a song and a friend for every mile behind him,” and you can feel Elliott's heart and humor in every second of YOUNG BRIGHAM.