Makin' Merry with John Perry on the Old Bar Cross
Life in the West • 3m 36s
Ramblin' Jack turns some phrase in a true tale of Barlow, the crossover Bar Cross cow boss. Ramblin' Jack Elliott performs "Makin' Merry with John Perry on the Old Bar Cross" with Andy Hedges during the "Ramblin' Jack Elliott" show at the 35th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Ramblin' Jack Elliott
Ramblin’ Jack Elliott chose the cowboy way at the age of 14, trading life at home for one on the rodeo circuit. Elliott’s rough-edged enthusiasm and musical instinct drew the attention of his avowed idol, Woody Guthrie, initiating an invaluable, lifelong association. He was also a good friend of Johnny Cash and inspired the likes of Bob Dylan and Mick Jagger. Ramblin’ Jack’s love for a good song is equaled only by an abiding respect for his fellow man and a profound contempt for injustice. Ramblin’ Jack’s been part of the Gathering for a long time and he’s been a major influence on many Gathering artists and audience members. This National Medal of Arts recipient and two-time Grammy winner is a truly unique American treasure.
Andy Hedges is a songster, reciter, storyteller, guitarist, and collector of cowboy songs and poems. The son of an Italian schoolteacher and a rodeo cowboy-turned-preacher, Andy grew up in the small community of Tokio, Texas, where his family paid rent on an old farmhouse by looking after a few head of cattle. Andy’s repertoire includes classic cowboy poetry recitations, obscure cowboy songs, Dust Bowl ballads, and blues. He hosts a podcast, “Cowboy Crossroads,” which features in-depth interviews with fellow musicians and poets. Andy’s performance with Ramblin’ Jack Elliott at the 60th Newport Folk Festival was named one of the “10 Best Things We Saw” by Rolling Stone magazine.
Filmed in front of a live audience at the Western Folklife Center’s G Three Bar Theater in Elko, NV, on Feb. 2, 2019.
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