- I did a lot of solo acoustic touring in the 80s. I got the idea from
folk music hero, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, during the 1975 Rolling Thunder
Review tour. He'd said, "You know, Roger, the most fun I ever had, was
when I toured with my wife Polly, in a Land Rover. We just threw the
guitar in the back and took off. We played all these little clubs and
had a great time barnstorming around the Country."
- I'd been touring with a band, and not enjoying all the hassles. My
wife, Camilla and I, decided to book a solo acoustic tour and see what
Jack had been talking about. It only took us a week to know that we
loved it! It was freedom, and high quality of life, compared to spinning
wheels just for the money.
McGuinn, as once of The
- I drove down from Montana to Wyoming. This was the summer of '86.
There was a Roger McGuinn show at The Wort Hotel, where my motor home
was parked, which we got there too late to see. We saw Roger downstairs
afterwards where he was having a glass of champagne with the owner.
We apologized for missing the show and I said, "We were so looking forward
to seeing you. Would you mind singing a song for my friends blah blah?"
He said, "That's fine." He said, "What do you wanna hear?" And I said,
"Do that one about roping the wild mare. I love that one." He played
it and afterwards he said, "Will you do me a favor? I'd like you to
sing me a song. Would you sing a song with me? Sing Mr. Tambourine Man
with me." I said, "Actually, Roger, I don't know the words to that song."
He said, "I heard you sing it on the tape." And I said, "I only sang
the chorus." But we played it anyway. I harmonized with him and tears
started coming to his eyes because this was the same song he'd heard
so long ago, and he was harmonizing with me in the same way that Dylan
had done. Evidently those harmonies were what they copied on The Byrds
record and it made them a million bucks.
- Jack Elliott, "The Wanted Man Interview," The Telegraph, Winter