I first heard Jack Elliott singing "Muleskinner Blues" on a live album, probably over 30 years ago. Or was it a live album? All his records have seemed live to me. I used to see him play in the clubs I hung around in when I was 16, and I used to see him in the houses I hung around in Laurel Canyon in my 20's. His singing springs from the roots of folk and country and the bohemian/ rhapsodic/ hobo narratives of the american west.

His snake-hipped version of the Stones' "Connection," his time traveling spoken word masterpiece "912 Greens," and now the haunting longing and the vivid loss of "South Coast," make Jack Elliott a kind of cowboy Everyman."

Jackson Browne