BILLBOARD: Watch Jackie Greene's Wild 'Modern Lives' Video From Oscar-Nominated Animator Bill Plympton

Jackie Greene by Shervin Lainez

Jackie Greene by Shervin Lainez

7/20/2017 by Gary Graff

Jackie Greene had modest ambitions for his latest release, a two-part EP titled The Modern Lives that he recorded by himself in the basement studio of his New York apartment building. But the visual component of the project has turned into kind of a big deal.

The video for the title track, premiering below, was animated by Bill Plympton, an Academy Award nominee known for shorts such as Your Face and Guard Dog and its sequels, and for features such as The Tune, Mutant Aliens, Idiots and Angels and Revengeance.

"I've always been interested in animation," Greene -- who releases The Modern Lives, Vol. 1 on Oct. 13, with its follow-up coming later -- tells Billboard. He met Plympton years ago through mutual friends in California and learned the animator was a fan of his music. And the feeling was mutual. "I really dug a lot of his work," Greene says. "It's kind of challenging -- obviously really funny and sort of borderline on offensive sometimes, like any good work. But it also has this homemade, very lo-fi indie quality to it, and I thought that style works really well in my mind with the aesthetic of these (The Modern Lives) recordings. So we reached out to him."

Greene, in fact, plans to have videos made for each of the songs on the two EPs and is hoping Plympton will do all of them. "I just said, 'Look, you're such a great animator, you're such a great artist, you should just sit with these songs a bit and see what you can do,'" Greene recalls. "What I like about Bill's stuff is it's tangential, not super-literal; Things morph into other ideas as the animation progresses. I really like that. It felt really good with this project. So the idea is he's going to do all the videos and when we're done the whole thing will feel like a little series or maybe even a movie."

The Plympton program certainly elevates the profile for the rootsy, blues-tinged The Modern Lives project and its potential artistic impact beyond Greene's original intent. "I didn't start out that way," he says with a laugh. "It started out me recording stuff in my basement. I didn't go into the basement thinking, 'I'm making a record down here,' 'cause there's a homemade quality to it. It just kind of developed and I really liked the way it was coming out and I thought, 'Why not let that be the record?,' then turned it into a project. It's something different for our fans, but I think it came out sounding like a real record."

Greene will be joining forces with Anders Osborne for a tour this fall to support The Modern Lives EPs. He'll also be making an album with Mother Hips and has "a couple things planned for the fall and winter" -- including a likely move back to California from New York for lifestyle reasons. But he hopes to maintain the approach to writing and recording that he employed for The Modern Lives. "Call it my home Basement Tapes," Greene says. "There's a homemade quality to a lot of the stuff I do on any given album; This is just the first time I was able to do it top to bottom -- work in my own studio, play everything myself. It doesn't have to be done in a proper studio anymore; I can do whatever I want and put it out if I like it."

The Modern Lives - Vol. 1 Track List

1. "Modern Lives"
2. "Back Of My Mind"
3. "Tupelo"
4. "Good Advice"
5. "The Captain's Daughter"
6. "Alabama Queen"

RELIX: Hear Phil Lesh, Nicki Bluhm, Jackie Greene and ALO Speak and Perform at Monterey Pop Festival 50

Jackie Greene by Shervin Lainez

Jackie Greene by Shervin Lainez

July 19, 2017

Last month, Monterey International Pop Festival 50 celebrated the half-decade anniversary of the original 1967 California festival, which brought together icons like Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix and The Who, among others, for a legendary event that helped cement the spirit of the Summer of Love and served as an inspiration for today's modern festival landscape. 

Relix was on the scene at Monterey Pop 50, speaking with some of the festival's performers behind the scenes and filming the musicians rehearsing for their sets. Below, watch Phil Lesh, Nicki Bluhm, Jackie Greene and ALO share their music, along with their thoughts on the festival and the lasting impact of that original gathering.

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Blue Rose Music is pleased to announce Jackie Greene’s upcoming EP The Modern Lives Vol 1, comprised of six songs showcasing his “natural and intuitive connection with… just about any musical instrument” (San Francisco Chronicle), self-recorded and produced by Jackie Greene in Brooklyn, New York. The EP is available on October 13, 2017 via Blue Rose Music/The End Records on digital, CD and LP formats.

JamBase: Pro-Shot Full Show Video - "Back To Birth" Live at Sweetwater Music Hall

JamBase: Pro-Shot Full Show Video - "Back To Birth" Live at Sweetwater Music Hall

April 1, 2017 - "Back To Birth" - Live at Sweetwater Music Hall A six night residency came to a close last night as Jackie Greene held another concert at Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, California. The finale once again featured one of Greene’s studio albums played in its entirety, with Saturday’s show offering a rendering of the 2015 full-length, Back To Birth.

JamBase: Pro Shot Full Shot Video - "Till The Light Comes" Live at Sweetwater Music Hall

JamBase: Pro Shot Full Shot Video - "Till The Light Comes" Live at Sweetwater Music Hall

March 31, 2017 - "Till The Light Comes" - Live At Sweetwater Music Hall Jackie Greene continued his residency at Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, California Friday night. The penultimate performance of the six-show run once again featured one of Greene’s studio albums played in full, with Friday’s concert kicking off with the 2010 record Till The Light Comes.

JamBase: Pro-Shot Full Show Video - "Giving Up The Ghost" Live at Sweetwater Music Hall

JamBase: Pro-Shot Full Show Video - "Giving Up The Ghost" Live at Sweetwater Music Hall

Mar 31, 2017 - "Giving Up The Ghost" - Live at Sweetwater Music Hall Last night Jackie Greene resumed his six-night residency at Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, California. The sold-out fourth show of the run once again featured the complete performance of one of Greene’s studio albums, with Thursday’s audience treated to the 2008 LP Giving Up The Ghost.

JamBase: Pro-Shot Video - "Sweet Somewhere Bound" - Live at Sweetwater Music Hall

March 25 - "Sweet Somewhere Bound" - Live from Sweetwater Music Hall On Saturday Jackie Greene continued a six-show residency at Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, California. As reported, Friday’s first show of the Jackie Greene Band’s Spring Tour featured a complete performance of the singer-songwriter’s 2002 album Gone Wanderin’ as well as several special covers regularly played back when the record was initially released. Jackie and his band stuck to a similar script for Saturday’s show which included a complete performance of 2004’s Sweet Somewhere Bound and more songs the multi-instrumentalist liked to play in that time period.

JamBase: Pro-Shot Full Show Video: "American Myth" Live at the Sweetwater

March 26 - "American Myth" Live At Sweetwater Music Hall Marking the halfway point in his six-night residency at Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, California, on Sunday singer-songwriter Jackie Greene and his band offered a complete performance of the 2006 album American Myth. The concert followed complete renditions of Greene’s 2002 album Gone Wanderin’on Friday night and 2004’s Sweet Somewhere Boundon Saturday.

JamBase: Pro-Shot Full Show Video - Mar 24th - "Gone Wanderin'" Live at the Sweetwater

Mar 24 - "Gone Wanderin'" - Live at the Sweetwater Last night Jackie Greene opened a six-show residency at Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, California. The first show of the Jackie Greene Band’s Spring Tour featured a complete performance of the singer-songwriter’s 2002 album Gone Wanderin’ as well as several special covers regularly played back when the record was initially released.

LIVE FOR LIVE MUSIC: Watch The Complete “Love Rocks NYC” Concert, Featuring Derek Trucks, Gary Clark Jr., & More

Last week, an incredible lineup of musicians turned up at the Beacon Theatre for a very special benefit concert. Dubbed Love Rocks NYC, the show brought together dozens of talented artists for a musical celebration of all things love, to benefit the organization God Loves We Deliver. The non-profit group delivers meals to those who are terminally ill; it’s no surprise that so many all-star musicians came together in honor of such an important cause. The lineup featured: Joe Walsh, Mavis Staples, Jackson Browne, Warren Haynes, Michael McDonald, Cyndi Lauper, Dr. John, Gary Clark Jr., Bruce Willis, Derek Trucks, Keb’ Mo’, Aaron Neville, Lisa Fischer, Marc Cohn, Anthony Hamilton, Cece Winans, Susan Tedeschi, William Bell, Amy Helm, Blind Boys of Alabama, Jackie Greene, Sam Moore, Catherine Russell, Joan Osborne, Tash Neal, and Marcus King.

Jackie Greene Announces The Sweetwater Tour. Watch New "Gone Wanderin'" Video

Jackie Greene has today announced his full spring 2017 touring plans with the Sweetwater Spring Tour, beginning with a special six-night residency at the Sweetwater Music Hall on Friday, March 24. For the first time in his career, the first sets of each residency show will be dedicated to performing one of his albums in its entirety, starting with his first album and playing songs that have not been performed in 10+ years.

Jackie Greene Joins New Artist Collective, Blue Rose Music

San Francisco, CA: Jackie Greene and Joe Poletto, Founder of Blue Rose Music, today announced a unique business partnership agreement. Blue Rose Music is an artist collective that brings a technology start-up structure to the music business, with comprehensive, value based business development and guidance for the artist.  This unique venture will apply sophisticated brand development and marketing strategies to increase Greene’s successful touring business while providing creative support with a forward leaning approach to recording and publishing.

Jackie Greene Amongst The All-Star Line-Up of "LOVE ROCKS NYC! A Change Is Gonna Come: Celebrating Songs of Peace, Love and Hope.


Iconic fashion designer John Varvatos and NYC real estate executive and God’s Love supporter Greg Williamson are proud to present “LOVE ROCKS NYC! A Change Is Gonna Come: Celebrating Songs of Peace, Love and Hope,” thefirst-ever benefit concert for God’s Love We Deliver, at the historic Beacon Theatre in NYC on Thursday March 9. The concert will support and honor the work of the cherished New York-based not-for profit-organization, which is celebrating its 31st anniversary.

Drawing inspiration from iconic musical pioneer Sam Cooke and his legendary hit, “A Change Is Gonna Come,” the marquee event will unite new and existing supporters of God’s Love We Deliver in their mission to change the lives they serve for the better together through music – the universal language that speaks to all. It will also highlight the charity’s continued success of providing life-sustaining meals and nutrition counseling for people in the New York Metropolitan area living with severe illness.

The all-star lineup will feature a range of legendary and contemporary Grammy award winners, nominees and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees spanning rock, pop, blues and soul. The artists will include Joe Walsh, Mavis Staples, Jackson Browne, Cyndi Lauper, Warren Haynes, Michael McDonald, Gary Clark Jr., Susan Tedeschi, Aaron Neville, Derek Trucks, Dr. John, CeCe Winans, Keb’ Mo, Marc Cohn, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Sam Moore, William Bell, Lisa Fischer, Anthony Hamilton, Joan Osborne, Amy Helm, Catherine Russell, Jackie Greene, Marcus King, Tash Neal and more!

The stellar house band will include musical director Will Lee (The CBS Orchestra), Paul Shaffer (The CBS Orchestra), Steve Gadd (James Taylor, Eric Clapton), Shawn Pelton (Saturday Night Live), Eric Krasno (Soulive, Phil Lesh & Friends), Larry Campbell (Levon Helm, Bob Dylan) and Jeff Young (Jackson Browne).

Tickets sales will go live on Ticketmaster at 12noonET on January 28, 2017 through Ticketmaster Charge By Phone (1-866-858-0008), and all Ticketmaster Outlets. All proceeds of the concert will directly benefit God’s Love We Deliver.

Jackie Greene To Appear At Los Muertos Con Queso, January 25-28, 2017

Jackie Greene joins the Los Muertos Con Queso lineup, Jan 25-28, Riviera Maya, Mexicon
Jackie Greene joins the Los Muertos Con Queso lineup, Jan 25-28, Riviera Maya, Mexicon

We are thrilled to join the lineup for Los Muertos con Queso on the beach in Mexico in January! This once-in-a-lifetime concert vacation will feature six full sets of Bill Kreutzmann and Bob Weir playing classic Grateful Dead tunes on the beach with their friends Dave Schools, Jeff Chimenti and Tom Hamilton.

Los Muertos Con Queso, Jan 25-28, 2017, Riviera Maya, Mexico
Los Muertos Con Queso, Jan 25-28, 2017, Riviera Maya, Mexico

The String Cheese Incident will also play six sets, including a very special daytime set on the beach, with additional performances from The Chris Robinson Brotherhood and other special guests and unique collaborations still to be announced. Join CID Presents in Riviera Maya, Mexico, 

January 25 - 28, 2017

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RELIX: Jackie Greene's Grateful Dead Appreciation Night


Jackie Greene

Grateful Dead Appreciation Night

Brooklyn Bowl: 10.26.2016

Closing out a two-night stand at Brooklyn Bowl, Jackie Greene’s “Grateful Dead Appreciation Night” was a high-energy celebration of familiar tunes that just get better with age. Sprinkled among standards such as “Bertha,” “He’s Gone” and “Scarlet Begonias” were some Jackie originals — “Now I Can See for Miles” and “A Moment of Temporary Color” — as well as fresh takes on the Dead’s trademark segues that blend incongruous songs into seamless wholes.

Kicking off the second set with the wah-wah of “Shakedown Street,” Jackie and the band — Nathan Dale on guitar, Jon Cornell on bass, Jason Crosby on keyboards and Fitz Harris on drums — slipped imperceptibly into Pink Floyd’s “Just Another Brick in the Wall.” By the time the crowd realized what was happening, everyone was instinctively chanting the chorus and rocking in double-time. “Dark Star,” the song the Dead made famous by rarely playing, worked its way into two separate jams. There was “China Cat Sunflower” into “I Know You Rider” to close the second set, and encores of “Jack Straw” and the Beatles’ “Don’t Let Me Down” to send fans home.

We're told Jackie Greene now lives in Brooklyn, so presumably he didn’t have far to go. He appeared at Brooklyn Bowl last month, sitting in with the Terrapin Family Band, so we can only hope we’ll be seeing lots more of him in his new home town.


 Review and Photos by Lou Montesano

RELIX Video Premiere: Jackie Greene Band - 9/21/2016 - Salt Lake City - The State Room

Jackie Greene Band - 9/21/16 - Salt Lake City - The State Room
Jackie Greene Band - 9/21/16 - Salt Lake City - The State Room

Jackie Greene will release a full length concert video to celebrate the start of his fall tour slate, which kicks off October 21 in Syracuse, NY. Shot on September 21 at the State Room in Salt Lake City, UT, the show, which Relix premieres today, includes takes on Grateful Dead favorites like "China Cat Sunflower" and "I Know You Rider" as well as a take on Traffic's "Medicated Goo" to go along with a host of JGB material.

[embed][/embed] Touring behind the release of their record Back to Birth, Jackie Greene Band's fall tour will take them from coast to coast as the guitarist teams with Nathan Dale, Fitz Harris and Jon Cornell for a run that stretches to the New Year where the band will ring in 2017 with a slot at the Crest Theater in Sacramento, CA.

TOUR DATES:  Find Greene on tour across the country.

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Q + A with Jackie Greene

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Jackie Greene’s rock and roll résumé is no short list. He was a temporary guitarist of the Black Crowes, a later addition to Grateful Dead members Bob Weir and Phil Lesh projects, and fronted  Tigger Hippy with Joan Osborne. Greene and his crew played a set of songs sampling from his latest record to covers dear to him at the Hi-Fi this past Thursday. PATTERN chatted with Greene about his ventures growing up in the blues to performing with some of the biggest rock legends before he went on stage.

Aubrey Smith: You decided that you wanted to be a musician in your early teenage years. What made you stand apart from the hundreds of thousands of other young hopefuls that you can attribute your success to?

Jackie Greene: That is a good question. I don’t know that I can answer that honestly or objectively because it’s me. I would like to think that people might have seen some sort of authenticity that maybe others were lacking in their acts, at least in Sacramento where I started playing. In my mind I kind of attribute it to a lot of hard work and playing all the time. There’s a saying that you shouldn’t oversaturate your market. I think that might be true in some cases. But in my case, I ended up playing every night of the week when I was 21. I actually met Joe (our crew member) at the Torch Club, which is this tiny place like the one we are playing tonight. I played acoustic everything Tuesday and Thursday nights 4 to 7 during happy hour. I might have made 40 bucks or something like that. Then I would go to another club called the Blue Lamp, which used to be a strip club, and would play with a band there. So I would be playing three or four nights a week, five or six hours a night. You know what I mean? At some point it caught on. I distinctly remember the first time we had a line around the block of the club. It was so exciting. So the idea that there are the music business know-it-alls with these attitudes and opinions saying you shouldn’t over-saturate your market may be true in some cases. But if you’re just starting out, I would say oversaturate your market, especially if it’s a small market. There’s no shame for learning your craft and working on your act. So that whole ten thousand hours thing is very real for this job.


AS: Compare your current influences with those you had when you were a teenager?

JG: Well some of them are very much the same. I think a lot of us are influenced by things at a time in our life when we’re very vulnerable or very receptive to it. I’m definitely more of a Dead Head now, love the Grateful Dead. Growing up, I wasn’t really hip to the Grateful Dead. I was more into Bob Dylan and Tom Waits. When I got into high school, I was into old blues, folk, and rock and roll music. And a lot of the Grateful Dead music is rooted in that place. So it makes a lot of sense; I just didn’t put those pieces together until I met Phil Lesh and started playing with Phil and Bob (Weir) and I knew the songs in a different form somehow. I get it. I can see the origin of this music.

AS: It was a smooth transition.

JG: It was a very smooth transition. So my sense of performance and how the music can be done has opened up in the recent years. I’ve kept a lot of those original influences with me. I think there are two kinds of people: there’s people who like music and people who say they like music. And if you really like music, then you’re not bound to some sort of a genre. You just like good music. If you like George Jones, you can also like Snoop Dogg, you know? You don’t have to just like country music. So that’s the way I view music. You either like music or you think you like music.

AS: In 2011, you said you may never release another record, but here we are today five years later.

JG: I said that?!

AS: Yeah!

JG: Oh wow I don’t remember saying that.

AS: So what changed?

JG: I feel like a politician now. Hah. Well quite frankly it was time to make another record. I think no matter what I say in regards to making records, I’ll probably always make another record. I might not always put it out. That’s another discussion. I think at the time when I said that I might have felt upset or overwhelmed for some reason. It was just time to do it. You just have a bunch of songs brewing and you have to get them out. At the end of the day, it’s how I make a living. No matter where I’ve lived in the past decade, I always end up at the studio. I always tell myself it’s too much work. It’s a money pit. Because it really is. I live in Brooklyn now, and inevitably I hate a studio.


AS: Can you share one of your most notable memories you’ve had with Lesh?

JG: Some of the fondest memories are actually the little things. We just did a pair of gigs in Coney Island. It was very different; we had a horn section for Phil and Friends. Looking over and seeing this “Phil smile” that kind of creeps up on his face when he likes something. I look over at him, and he’s having a good time. He’s a 75-year-old man, and that dude is still up here rocking. I have great respect for that. I can tell that he’s jazzed about something. On a personal level, he’s such a beautiful guy. Such a generous guy. I remember when the iPhone first came out. He was like, “Jackie have you heard of this new thing called the iPhone?” I was like, “No what is it?” He said, “Let me get you one.” So he got me an iPhone. Hah. Such a generous human being. Bob is the same way. Their personalities are quite different but their spirits are the same.

AS: Did you find the Dead Heads or your unfamiliarity with the Grateful Dead’s music intimidating or did it push you even harder to excel as their newest addition?

JG: Well at first it was incredibly intimidating because when I went into it, I was 26-years-old. I had heard all these stories like “don’t read the message boards. It will tear you apart.” These people can be horrible to you, and I was terrified about it. People would tell me not to set my drink down so I wouldn’t get dosed! It doesn’t happen, but people will say that it will. It was so scary. I distinctly remember one the first gigs we had was at the Berkeley Greek Theater, and I was freaking out. I was smoking cigarettes at the time. Phil gave me a couple of unopened packs of Jerry Garcia’s cigarettes from his old road case where he kept a bunch of personals for good luck. It was this thing where we would touch it to each other’s head before we went out. He took the time to chill me out. It calmed me down and I did my best. And again, maybe it’s that authenticity that people latch on to. I was genuinely moved by these songs, and I was genuinely doing them for the first time. The first time I sang Sugaree was at this huge venue. Phil told me he would like me to sing it, and I had never heard that song in my life. He said I will be fine. So I was like great. And he was right. It’s on the job training really. I think that’s about as fresh as you can possibly get. He’s pretty wise in that regard. He knows his way around the stage.


AS: You claim you’re not the type of musician that can fake it. What was does transparency mean to you?

JG: If you know me well enough, you’ll know it if I’m not having a good time on stage. In song writing, I have a hard time singing things that I’ve written that I don’t necessarily believe or at least feel on some sort of level. It doesn’t mean it’s not autobiographical or a true story. It just means there’s a truth embedded somewhere in the lyric that I believe. If that is true, then I am fully capable of singing the song and doing it justice. Which is why we choose our covers very carefully. I have a hard time singing something that I’m lukewarm about. I know people that can, and they’re great at it. They’re really great at singing a song that they couldn’t care less about. But I’m not. I’ve done it before, but it’s just uncomfortable. I feel like I’m full of sh*t, and I don’t like to feel that way.


AS: You seem to be very passionate about the underlying message of a song as opposed to “fancy” guitar tricks or solos, and I think that’s reflected in the production of your latest project. Is the idea of not overthinking it something you live by?

JG: There’s definitely a trap you can fall into now, particularly nowadays, where the recording process can be so swift and quite frankly cheap. I think you can easily fall into the trap of overcooking a song or production. Because you can try just about anything. One of the things that has always fascinated me is how they got records to sound so perfect in their imperfections. But also perfect in such a limited power to work with. I just think that translates to pure ingenuity and talent. Some painters can make any color just out of the primary colors. And some painters need to have every hue of every color on their palette. I tend to be the kind of painter that only needs the three colors. When I hear music that is made from nothing, it’s what gets me off. That’s the element of truth: there’s not a lot of trickery to it. If I fall into that trap, I don’t see myself getting out of it. There’s a song where I keep adding more and it doesn’t necessarily make it better. Picasso famously said that a painting is never finished. Meaning you should just leave it the f*ck alone.



Some painters can make any color just out of the primary colors. And some painters need to have every hue of every color on their palette. I tend to be the kind of painter that only needs the three colors."

All photos taken by Jeremiah Nickerson of Nusun Pictures.

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Jackie Greene is a rock star (Boulder Weekly)


A self-described blue-collar rock star,

but a rock star nonetheless



Sarah Haas


September 22, 2016

It’s easy to picture the life of a hard working musician — playing late into the night, touring long cross-country miles on a bus, lugging equipment from town to town. But when Jackie Greene mentions work, that’s not the kind he’s talking about.

“As an artist, I am supposed to be vulnerable,” he says. “It’s my job.”

Music may be Greene’s art and his language, but it’s also his livelihood. Some say it’s the kind of job you’re born to do and yeah, talent is important, but to watch Greene play is to watch 35 years of life exploration pour out, each time better than the last.

His approach to music is susceptible and open, with the kind of wisdom that knows beauty happens when you are just as impressionable as you are creative.

Back to Birth, his latest album from 2015, is his most personal yet. The album is full of the honest truths of his day-to-day and, just like good folk music, it feels like sitting with a good friend while he tells stories about love, loss and the hard road of life.

Greene’s vulnerability is evident in his voice, in his expressions, in the way his hands strum the guitar, strike the piano or orchestrate the other musicians on the stage — it’s as if the music relies on Greene’s rhythm for its own.

Since his early 20s, Greene has played with Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Neal Casal, Gov’t Mule, BB King, Tim Bluhm and the Black Crowes, to name a few. In sharing the stage, Greene’s art and life is reminiscent of the so-called gurus in his artistic lineage. He’s been able to assimilate their knowledge of music, allowing it to leave a mark on him in the process.

Perhaps more notable than any stylistic similarities are those that lie beneath. The various artists in Greene’s musical lineage have each maintained an enduring humility, rarely succumbing to the vanity of their stardom. Instead, their popularity only seemed to fuel and inspire their love of live music.

Greene is likewise emerging as a master of live performance and comes at it with a sincere curiosity explored through an emphasis on the present.

“As an art form, [live] music is funny because you play it and then it is gone,” Greene says. “Not like a painting — you paint a painting and it is there and it is the same when someone else looks at it, but music is weird, it goes away. It is fleeting, you know? Where does it go once you play it?”

On the stage, familiar songs take on new life, each time telling their story a little differently, keeping a slightly different rhythm, staying true to their origins and reinventing themselves at the same time.

Similarly, Greene is a bridge between history and future, constantly bringing his music to the next generation without forsaking the traditions of the past. And, over the past 10 years Greene has progressed from the young talent in fine company to the leader of the pack — a powerful and humbling transformation to watch. 

It’s powerful because he stepped into the role of conductor, orchestrating the notes as they are played and elevating everyone in the process.

It’s humbling because Greene seems to lead as if from behind, making everyone else shine more brightly, forsaking his own spotlight for the proverbial love of the game.

The result is ever-evolving music, each performance adding to the last.

“Let’s say you go see a concert and you hear your favorite song — that becomes the definitive version, that time you saw it,” Greene says. “It could be different every time, sometimes it is a lot different, sometimes not so much. Every time I go on stage it is a chance to make it a new, definitive version of every song we play.”

Greene feels a sense of relief in shedding constancy and embracing change — a messy style that fits Greene well, but is ill-suited for anyone who wants to take the blue collar out of being a rock star.

“I think there is a lot more power in just creating day-to-day art and music and whether or not you are commercially successful kind of doesn’t really matter,” Greene says. “For me being successful is more a matter of the art that you are able to create in your lifetime and what you are able to put out, music wise, in the world. A successful life for me includes all of those things: It includes music, it includes a family, it includes some sort of stability financially, it includes — you know I hate to say it — but sort of the normal things in life.”

Lately, he’s used this artistic mentality to explore other media — from photography to painting and linoleum block prints — where Greene is getting the chance to see his otherwise immaterial process take on a physical form.

“Basically I make huge messes,” Greene says. “I have paint everywhere. If this were the music studio, there would be cords and tables and shit lying around, but it’s paint and it’s everywhere. There is paint on the floor, for God’s sake.”

No matter what art form, creating is a fundamental part of living for Greene. The end product is often unrecognizable from its origins, but Greene says that’s more than OK — that’s how it should be.

“That’s part of the fun of the whole thing,” he says. “You don’t really know what’s coming.”

Jackie Greene Announces Fall Tour including first headlining show at The Warfield, Nov 26th

Jackie Greene Band performs The Warfield, San Francisco, Nov 26, 2016
Jackie Greene Band performs The Warfield, San Francisco, Nov 26, 2016

Jackie Greene kicks off his 2nd year of touring behind his latest album, Back To Birth, with the announcement of his first headlining show at The Warfield theater in San Francisco. Kicking off in September, the latest leg of Greene’s tour will continue through the end of the year with shows from coast to coast and north to south. The tour dates include Greene’s first headlining show at San Francisco’s Warfield Theater for his annual Thanksgiving Weekend show. Coinciding with Greene’s birthday, the annual celebration always includes some surprise guests including, in past years, Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Tim & Nicki Bluhm, Mark Karan, Jason Crosby, Jeff Chimenti, John Molo, and many more! Other highlights include two nights at New York’s Brooklyn Bowl including a Grateful Dead Appreciation Night, and a return to Sacramento’s Crest Theater on New Year’s Eve with special guests, The Mother Hips.  A complete list of confirmed tour dates are listed below.

Joining The Jackie Greene Band as support on selected dates are The Cordovas and Johnny Irion. The Jackie Greene Band includes longtime member Nathan Dale (Guitars, Vocals), Fitz Harris (Drums, Vocals) and Jon Cornell (Bass).  In addition to lead vocals and guitars, Greene plays piano and the B3.

The Cordovas

Johnny Irion



10 - Stateside Amphitheatre at Jay Peak (with Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers) - Jay Peak, VT

12 – City Winery – New York - SOLO (with John Hammond Jr)

14 & 15 - Phil Lesh & Friends - The Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk - Brooklyn, NY

18 - Castoro Cellars Beaverstock Festival - Templeton, CA

21 - The State Room - Salt Lake City, UT

23 - Mishawaka Amphitheater - Bellvue, CO

24 - Fox Theater - Boulder, CO (w/The Cordovas)

27 - Slowdown - Omaha, NE (w/The Cordovas)

28 - Redstone Room at RME - Davenport, IA (w/The Cordovas)

29 – The Hi-Fi - Indianapolis, IN (w/The Cordovas)


1 - Roots n' Blues n' BBQ - Columbia, MO

20 – The Cutting Room – NYC – A Tribute to the American Troubadour with John Oates, Nicki Bluhm, Jason Crosby, David Luning and others

21 - Westcott Theatre - Syracuse, NY (w/ Johnny Irion)

22 - Brighton Music Hall - Boston, MA (w/ Johnny Irion)

25 – Brooklyn Bowl - Brooklyn, NY (w/ Johnny Irion)

26 - Brooklyn Bowl - Brooklyn, NY (Grateful Dead Appreciation Night!) (w/ Johnny Irion)

29 - The Stone Pony - Asbury Park, NJ (w/ Johnny Irion)


1 – The Southern – Charlottesville, VA (w/The Cordovas)

2 – Bijou Theater – Knoxville, TN (w/ Jill Andrews)

4 - Terminal West - Atlanta, GA (w/The Cordovas)

5 - The Grey Eagle - Asheville, NC (w/The Cordovas)

6 - 3rd & Lindsley – Nashville, TN (w/The Cordovas)

9 – The Parish/House of Blues -  New Orleans, LA (w/The Cordovas)

10 – White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX (w/The Cordovas)

11 – Scoot Inn – Austin, TX (w/The Cordovas)

12 – Live Oak – Fort Worth, TX (w/The Cordovas)

26 – The Warfield – San Francisco, CA

DECEMBER 9 – Belly Up – Solana Beach, CA (W/THE CORDOVAS)

10 – Troubadour – West Hollywood, CA (W/THE CORDOVAS)

11 – Coach House – San Juan Capistrano, CA (W/THE CORDOVAS)

31 – New Year’s Eve – Crest Theater – Sacramento, CA (w/ The Mother Hips)