Few artists from the American folk-music scene have been more important than Ramblin' Jack Elliott. For 50 years, the singer, storyteller and guitar picker has influenced artists and musicians from Jack Kerouac and Jerry Garcia to Beck and The Rolling Stones. (Supposedly, Mick Jagger bought his first guitar after hearing Elliott busking on a London train platform.) But Elliott is typically remembered for influencing a young Bob Dylan, who in his early Greenwich Village days was often introduced as the "son of Jack Elliott." A talented balladeer, Elliott is often billed as a singer-songwriter, but Elliott has denied the label in the past, saying that he's only written four songs in 40 years. The stories, however, are all his. Presented by Bass Hall, he'll perform at McDavid Studio, Fourth and Calhoun streets in Fort Worth. The show starts at 8 p.m. Friday and tickets are $25. Visit basshall.com.
Fri., Sept. 19, 8 p.m., 2008
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