“The King of folksingers” – Bob Dylan
“He’s got a song and a friend for every mile behind him” – Johnny Cash
One of the last authentic links to the great folk traditions of America, with over 40 albums under his belt, two-time GRAMMY-winner Ramblin’ Jack Elliott is considered one of the country’s legendary foundations of folk music. Long before every kid in America wanted to play guitar — before Elvis, Dylan, the Beatles, or Led Zeppelin — Ramblin’ Jack had picked it up and was passing it along. From Johnny Cash to Tom Waits, Beck to Bonnie Raitt, Ry Cooder to Bruce Springsteen, the Grateful Dead to The Rolling Stones, all pay homage to Ramblin’ Jack Elliott. In the tradition of roving troubadours, Jack has carried the seeds and pollens of story and song for decades from one place to another, from one generation to the next. They are timeless songs; his tone of voice is sharp, focused, and piercing; he plays the guitar effortlessly in a fluid, flat-picking, perfected style.
Ramblin’ Jack is a Presidential National Medal of Arts recipient with a permanently enshrined seat at Woody Guthrie Center Theater in Tulsa, OK. He received the 2016 Folk Alliance Lifetime Achievement Award and was featured in Martin Scorsese’s film, The Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story (2019). He is the subject of Bruce Bryant and Dee Brown’s recent film, “A Texas Rambler,” and joined two songs on Matt Rollings’ 2020 Album, Mosaic.
Celebrating 90 years young in 2021, Ramblin’ Jack is known for his ever-curious spirit and continues to tour. As a lover of storytelling and veteran troubadour-style performer, it is through sharing songs and tales gathered over a career of more than 60 years, through the roots of Folk, Blues, Americana, Cowboy music, and poetry, that this American icon is in his purest element.
Rainy Eyes (Irena Eide) is a Norwegian-born Americana singer-songwriter. She relocated from California to Louisiana in 2020. Rainy Eyes has been writing music, performing and touring throughout the US for the past decade, both solo and with her band where her performances have a spellbinding, inspiring effect and a soulful, timeless sound with tight-knit harmonies and thoughtful songwriting.
Rainy Eyes has played with legendary artists such as Joan Baez, Willie Watson, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Peter Rowan, Dirk Powell, Laurie Lewis and has opened for bands like JD McPhearson, Willie Watson (Old Crow Medicine Show, Dave Rawlings Machine), Hubby Jenkins (Carolina Chocolate Drops), Jackie Greene (Black Crowes), Jon Cleary, Patterson Hood (Drive-By Truckers), The Mother Hips and more; and has performed at landmark events and venues such as New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (New Orleans), Festival International de Louisiane (Lafayette), SXSW (Austin), House of Blues (New Orleans), HIPNIC festival (Big Sur), Sweetwater Music Hall (Mill Valley), The Chapel (San Francisco), City Winery (Nashville & Boston), Hotel Cafe (Los Angeles), Triple Door (Seattle), Terrapin Crossroads (San Rafael), Moe’s Alley (Santa Cruz), Henry Miller Library (Big Sur), Freight and Salvage (Berkeley), Sonoma Mountain Music Festival (Petaluma), Lagunitas Brewing Company (Seattle), UC Berkeley Redwood Summer Concert Series, Sweetwater Music Festival, Axe and Fiddle (Eugene), Sam Bond’s Garage (Eugene), Eddie’s Attic (Atlanta) and many more.
Rainy Eyes’ second album is set for release in 2024. Recorded by Jeremy D’Antonio and Dirk Powell, the album features Powell, Chris Stafford, Eric Adcock, Ric Robertson, Bill Smith, Gina Leslie, Phoebe Hunt, Sam Grisman, Amelia and Sophie Powell.