Ramblin' Jack Elliott performs at the in Saturday.
Elliott's career spans over 50 years. At the age of 14, Elliott ran away from home to join the rodeo. A rodeo cowboy taught him to play the guitar.
He was mentored by Woodie Guthrie, who joked, "Jack sounds more like me than I do," according to Sanctuary Concerts chair Scott SheldonThe mother of folk legend Odetta gave him his nickname."
While in Greenwich Village in 1961, Elliott met a young musician named Bob Dylan. He began mentoring Dylan and studied blues music with musicians Lead Belly, Mississippi John Hurt and Big Bill Broonzy.
Elliott's music has influenced an entire generation of musicians, including Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton, Jerry Jeff Walker, Kris Kristofferson, Guy Clark and the Grateful Dead.
Elliott was presented with the National Medal of the Arts by President Bill Clinton 1998, who called the two-time Grammy winner and five-time Grammy nominee "an American treasure."
The concert begins at 8 p.m. Saturday at the . Tickets can be purchased for $25, and includes coffee and dessert at intermission.
Sanctuary Concerts teamed up with Chatham Patch to offer one pair of tickets to the reader who can correctly answer the question below:
Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, who performs on Saturday, May 12 at , has six decades of great stories, from his days traveling the world with Woody Guthrie to his mentoring of Bob Dylan and his collaborations with everyone from Pete Seeger to Mick Jagger. One great story has to do with a tape that Bob Dylan made of Jack singing an unfinished song called “Mister Tambourine Man.” What became of that tape?
Think you know the answer? Email Chatham Patch Editor Laura Silvius at firstname.lastname@example.org for the chance to win tickets to see Ramblin' Jack Elliott Saturday in Chatham Township.