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Ramblin’ Jack Elliott — A Kid From Brooklyn Who Ran Away To Be A Cowboy

Filmmakers Dee Brown and Bruce Bryant discuss their new documentary about the legendary folk troubadour.


Folk musician Ramblin’ Jack Elliott.


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Ramblin' Jack Elliott has had a much more profound influence on the music in your life than you might realize.

The folk singer was a contemporary of Woody Guthrie and a major influence on Bob Dylan and Arlo Guthrie.

He's been telling stories and singing songs for decades and, now, Elliott is the subject of a new documentary. Not bad for a kid from Brooklyn who ran away from home to be a cowboy.

Ramblin’ Jack Elliott in Kansas City in 2013.

Filmmakers Dee Brown and Bruce Bryant started gathering footage of Elliott in the 1980s. In the audio above, they talk about the resulting documentary, Ramblin' Jack Elliott: A Texas Ramble, which will be screened tonight at 7 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Dee Brown and Bruce Bryant have a new documentary about folk musician Ramblin' Jack Elliott.
Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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