Sat, July 16, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott
Uptown Theatre, 8 p.m., $35
Elliott is a spiritual kin and protégé of Woody Guthrie. A gifted storyteller with an abiding affection for farmers, windblown characters and working-class folk, he carried Guthrie’s folk-blues thread forward. He deeply influenced Bob Dylan and even taught Arlo Guthrie his much-absent father’s songs. Elliott possesses an evocative, plain-spoken style that fits his old-fashioned fingerpicked paeans and craggy tenor, conveying weathered wisdom cadged from the ages and the traditionals he favors. He released his first album 54 years ago and at 79, is still going strong, supporting 2009’s Joe Henry-produced Depression-era country-blues album, A Stranger Here. 1350 Third Street in Napa, http://ramblinjack.com.