- Jack wears the cloak and scepter of America's folk
singer's minstrels, with lineage that goes back through Woody Guthrie
and Cisco Houston. Hearing him play, one knows that she/he is listening
to the real thing.
- Jack has played with Grateful Dead
guitarist Bob Weir at the "Cowboys For Indians" benefit and on Jack's
"Friends of Mine" album. Bob Weir also awarded Jack his Bill Graham
Lifetime Achievement Award, where the duo again yanked out guitars and
Ramblin' Jack and Jerry Garcia shared the same birthday and became good
friends. Jerry Garcia and
his bluegrass band "Old & In the Way" would play with Jack. Jack was
invited to open for both the Grateful Dead and the Jerry Garcia Band
several various times.
- Between sets in a few 1972 shows, I saw the Dead attempt to keep the
crowd entertained by using a juggling act, acrobats, the trained chimp
you mentioned, a guy who laid on a bed of nails, and of course, ole
Ramblin' Jack Elliott.
- J Fisher. "Re: Strangest opening act you ever saw" Newsgroup posting.
24 Jan. 2000. rec.music.gdead.