While Elliott's influence upon Dylan's early work is undeniable, there's probably not a single modern-era male American folksinger whose style or persona has not been affected, consciously or otherwise, by the man. Those artists who willingly proclaim it include Tom Waits, Bonnie Raitt, and Bruce Springsteen.
Elliott is known primarily as an interpreter rather than a songwriter, and his classic early '60s catalog includes collections of Guthrie songs for the U.K. label Topic and albums for Vanguard. His "rediscovery" in recent years was kicked off with the Grammy-winning South Coast in 1995 and highlighted by the 1997 documentary feature The Ballad of Ramblin' Jack, produced by his daughter Alyana. Reissues have been plentiful since, his most current offering being 1999's Grammy-nominated The Long Ride. Be prepared for some amusing stories between the songs -- they don't call him Ramblin' Jack for nothing.
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