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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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)