Ramblin' Jack Elliot at the Corner Hotel
Tim Chmielewski
31/03/2004

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Ramblin' Jack Elliot
with special guests GIT
Corner Hotel
Wednesday 31st March 2004

"What a beach. What a dog. What a year."

I have to admit that I had not heard of Ramblin' Jack Elliot before this gig was announced, but anyone who likes GIT so much they ask them to play support for one of their shows is already one up in my books.

I was surprised at the number of people who arrived early to see GIT play their spot. I wish they could have gone for longer as did the person with me. Also that's two gigs in a row there has been no "Chuck-A-Wally-Wally" (Hawaiian War Chant.) It's nice that they only play it sometimes though. It is also a good song to get dressed to in the morning, but that is possibly telling you more than you want to know about me.

The real surprise of the night is how much Ramblin' Jack Elliot talked with audience and just in general about the songs and the stories behind them. I really liked the stories he told about his dogs and the one that once drove his car for him when he was tired.

The stories he told about Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan and Woodie Guthrie were great too, but I liked his more personal stories as they were easier to relate to.

I ended up buying the "Ballad of Ramblin' Jack" CD soundtrack he had for sale at the gig as I wanted to hear more of his music. There are some great duets with other musicians on the CD also.

As I have been really busy lately, it was good to go to a gig that was really basic but still had such a good performer such as Ramblin' Jack Elliot. The people behind us in the audience sounded like kids as they were so excited seeing him play live.

Some people got a bit too excited and started yelling things out and Ramblin' Jack put them right in their place. The best one was the bloke with a guitar in the audience who wanted to jam with him, to which Ramblin' Jack replied "I'm just here to rob a bank then I'm leaving."

I think most of the audience ended up in line to get Ramblin' Jack to sign their CD and poster. The same bloke from early started playing his guitar and other people joined in just as I was leaving.

A great night and even better I helped someone go see a gig that they wouldn't have been able to otherwise.