Ramblin’ Jack Elliott: A Texas Ramble offers a rare chance to step inside music history and culture with a character who’s been at the heart of it, making the most of every glorious moment and saving up stories to tell.
"A valuable and enlightening addition to the lore of Ramblin' Jack."
David Browne, Rolling Stone
"This film provides viewers a passenger seat ticket to ride along with the king of ramblers and beautifully captures Elliott's natural magnetism and legendary ability to draw others in with priceless footage proving that no man or creature is safe from his charm."
Gladys Fuentes, Houston Press
"Obviously rambling would be at the heart of any film about Ramblin’ Jack Elliott. But Ramblin’ Jack Elliott: A Texas Ramble gets to the real ramble behind the rambler. Bruce Bryant and Dee Brown tracked Elliott around the Lone Star State and came away with remarkable footage of the legendary folk performer. But in focusing on his roundabout approach to life they also captured the heart and soul of an artist…and rambler."
Andrew Dansby, Houston Chronicle
Jack Elliott was born as Elliott Charles Adnopoz in 1931. In Brooklyn, of all places. He grew up in a middle class family, but all he wanted to do was hang out with cowboys, truck drivers, sailors, and guitar pickers. So that’s what he did.
Over the years, Ramblin’ Jack became a lifelong friend of Woody Guthrie, made more than 40 albums (so far), won two Grammys, and was awarded The National Medal of Arts. “The king of the folksingers” – that’s what Bob Dylan called him. And he’s had more adventures than most of us ever dream of.
This new documentary lets viewers ride shotgun with Ramblin’ Jack as he rambles across Texas, climbs high on the old sailing ship Elissa, and rides a champion cutting horse. In lovingly restored footage, Jack sings classic songs that come from years of living a big life. And then there are his stories… one-of-a-kind tales about his adventures with Woody Guthrie, Cisco Houston, Jerry Jeff Walker, and Bob Dylan.
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