This post courtesy of Explore Brooklyn, an all-inclusive guide to the businesses, neighborhoods, and attractions that make Brooklyn great.

Although the epicenter of the 1960s folk revival was Greenwich Village, a tour through the history of folk music in America has to include a journey through Brooklyn. The trail of American roots music winds from Coney Island to Flatbush, from Bed-Stuy to Montague Street. Below are some of the performers who touched Brooklyn and the neighborhoods they called home.

Ramblin’ Jack Elliott (Midwood)
Born Elliot Charles Adnopoz to a surgeon’s family in 1931, the boy who would become Ramblin’ Jack Elliott became enthralled with the rodeos he had witnessed in Madison Square Garden and ran away at the age of 15 age to join Col. Jim Eskew’s Rodeo. Three months later, he was back home, but his new passion was finger-picking the guitar, singing, and busking.

Graduating from Midwood High School in 1949, he eventually came under the influence of Woody Guthrie, who became his mentor and friend. Elliott paid that tutelage forward later by channeling Guthrie’s performance style for Guthrie’s son Arlo, as well as a young folk singer named Bob Dylan.

Since then, Elliott has recorded forty albums and wrote one of the very first trucking songs, “Cup of Coffee.” He continues to perform to this day. In August, he headlined the 10th Brooklyn Country Music Festival at the Bell House.

What to do in the neighborhood
Have a slice at Di Fara’s, one of Brooklyn’s best loved pizzerias. Stroll through the campus of Brooklyn College. Or pick up some fashionable new clothes at Junee.

Ramblin’ Jack Elliott photo via Wikipedia.