There is something profound about a songwriter with just his harmonica, his guitar, and his piano. Even though there is simplicity within that, that simplicity can turn into a deeply-layered experience that surrounds us and comforts us.
The songs on both of The Modern Lives EPs, but especially on Vol 2, are a diverse collection: some rootsy and some rocking. “I let the songs lead the process,” Jackie says. “I played all the instruments myself, so a lot of it was a bit of a science experiment. Like a guy in his garage trying to build a birdhouse and comes out with a shoe rack. I wanted a birdhouse, but we definitely need a shoe rack in the laundry room. Know what I mean?”
Hard-touring singer-songwriter Jackie Greene, whose new album "The Modern Lives – Vol 2" is out now, embraces the bluegrass and folk music of his youth on the six-track EP. To celebrate his new release, Greene curates a playlist of favorites for USA TODAY that reflect his eclectic taste, from vintage country and soul to '90s grunge and hip-hop and beyond.