Brooklyn Country Music Festival Day Four

Alex Battles Presents

Brooklyn Country Music Festival Day Four

Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Mamie Minch, Jan Bell & the Maybelles, The Third Wheel Band, Abby Hollander Band, Demolition String Band, Sheriff & The Goodtimers

Sunday · August 23, 2015

Doors: 3:30 pm / Show: 4:00 pm

$25.00

Tickets Available at the Door

This event is 21 and over

Brooklyn Country Music Festival Day Four
Brooklyn Country Music Festival Day Four
The 10th Brooklyn Country Music Festival at The Bell House. A four day event hosted by Alex Battles and Linda Hill with DJ Honky Tonk Radio Girl.
Ramblin' Jack Elliott
Ramblin' Jack Elliott
One of the last true links to the great folk traditions of this country, with over 40 albums under his belt, Ramblin' Jack Elliott is considered one of the country's legendary foundations of folk music.

Long before every kid in America wanted to play guitar — before Elvis, Dylan, the Beatles or Led Zeppelin — Ramblin' Jack had picked it up and was passing it along. From Johnny Cash to Tom Waits, Beck to Bonnie Raitt, Ry Cooder to Bruce Springsteen, the Grateful Dead to The Rolling Stones, they all pay homage to Ramblin' Jack Elliott.

In the tradition of roving troubadours Jack has carried the seeds and pollens of story and song for decades from one place to another, from one generation to the next. They are timeless songs that outlast whatever current musical fashion strikes today's fancy.


His tone of voice is sharp, focused and piercing. All that and he plays the guitar effortlessly in a fluid flat-picking perfected style. He was a brilliant entertainer.... Most folk musicians waited for you to come to them. Jack went out and grabbed you..... Jack was King of the Folksingers. Bob Dylan, Chronicles: Volume One

There are no degrees of separation between Jack and the real thing. He is the guy who ran away from his Brooklyn home at fourteen to join the rodeo and learned his guitar from a cowboy. In 1950, he met Woody Guthrie, moved in with the Guthrie family and traveled with Woody to California and Florida, from the redwood forests to the Gulf Stream waters. Jack became so enthralled with the life and composer of This Land Is Your Land, The Dust Bowl Ballads, and a wealth of children's songs that he completely absorbed the inflections and mannerisms, leading Guthrie to remark, "Jack sounds more like me than I do."

In 1954, along with folksinging pals Frank Robinson and Guy Carawan, Jack journeyed south through Appalachia, Nashville and to New Orleans to hear authentic American country music. He later made this the basis for his talking song, 912 Greens.

In 1955 Jack married and traveled to Europe, bringing his genuine American folk, cowboy and blues repertoire and his guitar virtuosity, inspiring a new generation of budding British rockers, from Mick Jagger to Eric Clapton.

When he returned to America in 1961, he met another young folksinger, Bob Dylan at Woody Guthrie's bedside, and mentored Bob. Jack has continued as an inspiration for every roots-inspired performer since.

Along the way he learned the blues first-hand from Leadbelly, Mississippi John Hurt, the Reverend Gary Davis, Big Bill Broonzy, Brownie Mcghee and Sonny Terry, Jesse Fuller and Champion Jack Dupree.

He has recorded forty albums; wrote one of the first trucking songs, Cup of Coffee, recorded by Johnny Cash; championed the works of new singer-songwriters, from Bob Dylan and Kris Kristofferson to Tim Hardin; became a founding member of Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue; and continued the life of the traveling troubadour influencing Jerry Jeff Walker, Guy Clark, Tom Russell The Grateful Dead and countless others.

In 1995, Ramblin' Jack received his first of four Grammy nominations and the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album, for South Coast (Red House Records).
In 1998, President Bill Clinton awarded Jack the National Medal of the Arts, proclaiming, "In giving new life to our most valuable musical traditions, Ramblin' Jack has himself become an American treasure."

In 2000, Jack's daughter, filmmaker, Aiyana Elliott produced and directed The Ballad of Ramblin' Jack, her take on Jack's life and their fragile relationship, winning a Special Jury Prize from the Sundance Film Festival.

Through it all—though agents, managers, wives and recording companies have tried—Jack resisted being molded into a commercial commodity. He played his shows without a written set list or including any songs that did not ring with his gut feeling of what mattered to him.

Ramblin' Jack's life of travels, performances and recordings is a testament to the America of lore, a giant land of struggle, hard luck and sometimes even of good fortune. Ramblin' Jack takes us to places that spur us on to the romance and passion of life in the tunes and voices of real people.

At seventy-seven, Ramblin' Jack is still on the road, still seeking those people, places, songs and stories that are hand-crafted, wreaking of wood and canvas, cowhide and forged metal. You'll find him in the sleek lines of a long haul semi-truck, in the rigging of an old sailing ship, in the smell of a fine leather saddle.
Mamie Minch
Mamie Minch
Mamie Minch is one of the youngest old-school blues guitarists and singers you've heard. She sings and plays songs of her own devising that sound like they've been stored in her old National guitar for decades. Raised on the music of John Hurt, Rev. Davis and Memphis Minnie, she can sometimes sound like her predecessors, but don't mistake her for a revivalist- she is most definitely a product of her own time. Her musicianship and writing are so singular that she establishes her own musical reality, with it's own stylistic chronology. Minch is also known as one fourth of the Roulette Sisters, and is a member of the group Midnight Hours with Jolie Holland and JC Hopkins. She has shared the stage with Smokey Hormel, Dayna Kurtz, C.W. Stoneking, and lots of other fabulous musical friends.
Jan Bell & the Maybelles
Jan Bell & the Maybelles
Jan Bell & the Maybelles features Jan Bell on lead vocals and guitar, Rima Fand on fiddle and harmony vocals, and Tina Lama on upright bass and harmony vocals. Jan Bell is a British born multi - award winning singer songwriter with six critically acclaimed albums, including Independent Music Awards Best Alt. Country album. A featured artist in The Village Voice, The Sunday Times, Nashville Scene, New Orleans City Life, Americana UK. Jan plays both sides of the pond from 'The Real Deal' Songwriter' Masters Stage at Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, to Glastonbury Festival. NYC highlights include The Woody Guthrie Archives, Joe's Pub, Highline Ballroom, River to River Festival and opening for Emmylou Harris, Odetta, Wanda Jackson, Ferron, and Steve Earle. Jan Bell & The Maybelles are currently recording an album at Acme Hall Studios in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
The Third Wheel Band
The Third Wheel Band
The Third Wheel Band is a hand-clappin',toe-tappin', footstompin' American Roots act from New York City. We're devoted to playing feel-good music and shamelessly tip our hats to the hard-working folks in song who came before us. Armed with acoustic guitar, mandolin, upright bass, three part harmony and a stockpile of original tunes as well as old-time standards, we're out for a raucous good time!
Abby Hollander Band
Abby Hollander Band
Abby Hollander is a singer, bass player, and award-winning songwriter originally from Woodstock, NY. In 2013 she formed her band in Brooklyn, NY to perform her original songs in a traditional bluegrass setting.

Ellery Marshall, from Los Angeles, provides the banjo sound that is one of the group’s trademark features. Jeff Picker, a Portland, Oregon native, plays guitar and sings harmony. The group is regularly joined by some of New York’s best fiddle players.

All the musicians play an active role in helping Abby arrange her songs, making the band a dynamic, collaborative experience rooted equally in the time-honored sounds of bluegrass and the 21st century city they call home.

Their self-titled debut album is now available for download on iTunes and Amazon, and on CD at any of their shows.
Demolition String Band
Demolition String Band
With a shared passion for country, roots rock, pop, bluegrass and mountain music, Elena Skye (Chicago, IL) and Boo Reiners (Charlotte, NC) lead the NYC/Hoboken based Americana group Demolition String Band. While blurring the lines between these musical styles, Elena and Boo have been thrilling audiences for a decade now with their original material mixed with the traditional and not-so-traditional. Whether raisin' the roof with their band or rockin' the duo with banjo, mandolin, guitars, fans old and new are moved by the DSB's infectious grooves, beautiful harmonies and rustic songwriting.
Sheriff & The Goodtimers
Sheriff & The Goodtimers
"Sheriff Uncle Bob" is the host of the legendary Sheriff sessions, an accomplished singer and dobro player, leader of the Good Timers, acclaimed legend of the Alphabet City Opry at 9c, the heart and soul of bluegrass in New York City. The one, the only, Sheriff Uncle Bob.
Venue Information:
The Bell House
149 7th Street
Brooklyn, New York, 11215
http://www.thebellhouseny.com/