Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, I Stand Alone

Jay Ruttenberg

By Jay Ruttenberg

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

I Stand Alone

Ramblin' Jack Elliott
A Brooklyn folkie reclaims the spotlight.

Dubbed "Ramblin'" by none other than Odetta's mother, who was apparently shocked at the young Brooklynite's inability to shut up, Ramblin 'Jack was an early disciple of Woody Guthrie. Now, Elliott becomes the latest in a line of older, arguably underappreciated singers to be reintroduced by Anti- Records, an offshoot of Epitaph that has released albums by Solomon Burke, Merle Haggard and Bettye LaVette. The album is raw — appropriate for both the singer's folk roots and the label's indie audience — and features hotshot guests like Lucinda Williams and guitarist Nels Cline. But the focus remains on the old folkie, who often goes unnoticed next to heavies like Dylan and Seeger.