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.
JACKIE GREENE’S BACK TO BIRTH TOUR CONTINUES IN TO ITS SECOND YEAR WITH NEW DATES ADDED THROUGH NOVEMBER.
DIGITAL-ONLY DELUXE EDITION OF BACK TO BIRTH AVAILABLE NOW INCLUDES
FOUR PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED TRACKS
“These days, Jackie Greene is out and about, in a town near you, with a lovely, lyrical new record of songs from the heart.” –No Depression
“Back To Birth…is an apt display of Greene’s vibrant songwriting and deft skills on multiple instruments.” –Paste
“Rock ‘n’ roll rings out in the Roots on Back To Birth…” – The Alternate Root
Acclaimed singer/songwriter/guitarist/musician Jackie Greene has released a deluxe edition of his newest album, Back To Birth, and with the announcement of new dates today his album release tour now extends in to its second year. Available as a digital only release the expanded version of the album features four new tracks including the first studio recording of fan favorite “One Bad Love,” which was originally released in 2012 as a music video: “One Bad Love” Video
Back To Birth is Greene’s first album in five years and he has been on tour non-stop for over a year to support its original release in August 2015. The tour will continue through the end of the year with shows from coast to coast and north to south with runs through Northern California, Colorado, Midwest, the Northeast and South including stops in cities that he rarely performs in. A complete list of confirmed dates are listed below and there are still more to be announced.
Earning his reputation as a musician’s musician, Greene stayed quite busy during the period between his previous album, Til The Light Comes (2010), and Back To Birth. Greene performed frequently as a member of Phil Lesh & Friends, mounted a tour with the trio WRG, consisting of Bob Weir, Black Crowes’ front man Chris Robinson, and himself. In 2013, he became a member of The Black Crowes playing lead guitar for their Lay Down With Number 13 world tour, their last before disbanding in 2015. Following the Crowe’s tour, he joined Trigger Hippy with Joan Osborne and Crowe’s drummer Steve Gorman and recorded and released the band’s debut album followed by an extensive tour.
Produced by Los Lobos member Steve Berlin, Back To Birth was recorded at Portland’s Supernatural Sound. The deluxe edition includes 15 songs and finds Greene stretching out on a number of instruments including guitar, piano, organ and drums. “A lot of these songs are looking at the notion of a cyclical existence, and the sense that life goes in a circle,” Greene observes. “I want the songs to come from a place that’s meaningful to me, but I also want to keep them as simple and direct as I can. I look at old blues songs, or Hank Williams songs, and they’re so simple and direct but they convey some pretty deep ideas.”
The Jackie Greene Band includes longtime associate 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.
JACKIE GREENE TOUR DATES
17 - Phil Lesh & Friends - Terrapin Crossroads - San Rafael, CA
21 - Infinity Hall - Norfolk, CT
22 - The Warehouse at Fairfield Theatre Company - Fairfield, CT
23 - Levon Helm's Studio - Woodstock, NY
24 - AMP at Strathmore - North Bethesda, MD
5 - The Grove at Red Lion Hotel - Sacramento, CA
6 - Petaluma Music Festival - Petaluma, CA
7 - Fulton 55 - Fresno, CA
11 - Bret Harte Hall - Felton, CA
12 - Sierra Nevada Big Room - Chico, CA (On Sale July 10th)
17 - Can't Stop The Train - Tribute to Jerry Garcia - The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA - Benefiting The Rex Foundation and The Jake Peavy Foundation
10 - Stateside Amphitheatre at Jay Peak (with Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers) - Jay Peak, VT
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
27 - Slowdown - Omaha, NE
28 - Redstone Room - Davenport, IA
29 - Hi-Fi - Indianapolis, IN
1 - Roots n' Blues n' BBQ - Columbia, MO
21 - Westcott Theatre - Syracuse, NY
22 - Brighton Music Hall - Boston, MA
25 & 26 - Brooklyn Bowl - Brooklyn, NY
29 - The Stone Pony - Asbury Park, NJ
4 - Terminal West - Atlanta, GA
5 - The Grey Eagle - Asheville, NC
6 - 3rd & Lindsley - Nashville, TN
Back To Birth (Deluxe Edition) - Available on iTunes
- Silver Lining
- Now I Can See For Miles
- A Face Among The Crowd
- Light Up Your Window
- Trust Somebody
- The King is Dead
- Where The Downhearted Go
- You Can’t Have Bad Luck All The Time
- Back To Birth
- Really Gone (bonus track)
- One Bad Love (bonus track)
- Jealous Man (bonus track)
- Little Bird (bonus track)
See Luther Dickinson and Jackie Greene Jam in New Guitar Series
D'Addario's Guitar Power collection features host Greene trading stories and licks with a range of guitar heros
The secret to Luther Dickinson's signature wailing slide-guitar groove? Start with the basics.
"In my community, everybody played with their fingers and everybody played slide guitar and open tuning," the North Mississippi Allstars frontman tells Jackie Greene, who sat down together during Nashville's Americana Fest to discuss Dickinson's approach to his instrument. And, of course, do a little noodling. (The two did time in the Black Crowes at different points in the band's career.) When Dickinson plays, his fingers do the walking — something host Greene points out in the video, the first of D'Addario's Guitar Power acoustic series.
"I don't think I've ever seen you use a pick," says Greene.
"I do, and I love them," insists Dickinson — though you're much more likely to see him capturing a "loose and light" style where he climbs freely along the entire neck of the guitar. He credits this approach to some early coaching from his father, Jim, a musician who played with Ry Cooder and pushed his son to study the rock & roll greats.
"He showed me Bo Diddley, and that's a great place to learn," Dickinson says, passing on this bit of advice to any aspiring axe-people: "I think the key to learning guitar with slide or your fingers is one string at a time."
As much as Dickinson is known for his guitar chops (he even has his own signature Gibson ES-335), he actually doesn't rely on the instrument as a songwriting tool.
"I like piano and drums. That's really my favorite way, to get a beat," he says, before dissolving into a "slow and bluesy" jam with Greene. "Get your song written, and then take it apart as if it wasn't even yours."
Future installments of the D'Addario Guitar Power series include guests David Rawlings, Chance McCoy from Old Crow Medicine Show and Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek.