Father of Aiyana Elliott
He was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts in 1998 by the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington D.C.
He is a folk singer and songwriter.
His parents wanted him to become a doctor. He ran away from home when he was 15 and joined a rodeo, but his parents brought him back.
He taught himself to play guitar. He met Woody Guthrie and became his student. He later became a mentor to Arlo Guthrie and Bob Dylan.