Friday, July 14, 2006

In House #1662: Ramblin' Jack Elliott's I Stand Alone; New Johnny Cash, Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys

He's cavorted, caroused, and yes, rambled with everyone from Bob Dylan and Ralph Stanley to Jack Kerouac and Andy Warhol, so it's only fitting that Ramblin' Jack Elliott's new I Stand Alone features help from a diverse lineup of talent, Lucinda Williams and David Hidalgo on the one hand; Corin Tucker, Flea, and DJ Bonebrake on the other. Elliott, of course, has spent an entire career, hanging with and appealing to different types of crowds, evidence that a good storyteller can capture anyone. He keeps it simple and brief on his first new recording in seven years, with many of these new versions of old songs clocking in at under two minutes. Lucinda Williams' turn on "Careless Darling," in particular, is a standout number, their weathered and broken voices blending together in a version the only complaint for which is that it ends so quickly. The lone original, "Woody's Last Ride," closes out the album with a poignant portrait of an old friend, though one can't help but wonder if it's meant to be Elliott's last ride as well. If so, I Stand Alone is a proud final chapter.

Ramblin' Jack Elliott

In House #1662.
Airdate: 7/14/06
Focus: New release from Ramblin' Jack Elliott, I Stand Alone, plus new music from Johnny Cash, Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys, Chatham County Line and more.

Ramblin' Jack Elliott from I Stand Alone:
"Rake & Ramblin' Boy" (MP3) and
"Careless Darling" (MP3) (with Lucinda Williams)


In House PODCAST #138


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