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.
By Peter Blackstock on 07.11.12 in Lists
Woody Guthrie isn't just important for his own music, but for the voices he inspired. In this list, Woody's disciples pay him back by covering some of his best-loved songs.
By Sam Adams on 04.17.12 in Reviews
Although it's been 40 years since he recorded "Dead Skunk," the novelty-music cloud still hangs heavy over Loudon Wainwright III. But the humor on Older Than My Old Man now is of the gallows variety, as Wainwright faces...
By Sasha Geffen on 06.23.14 in Features
Frontman Peter Silberman talks about the Brooklyn band's new album 'Familiars.'
By Brian Howe on 06.17.14 in Reviews
Brooklyn's the Antlers have come a long way since going from a solo project to a trio for 2009's Hospice. Though still built around Peter Silberman's vulnerable voice, bare-all lyrics and silvery guitar, the band's palet...