Thanks to all who came out for the Fillmore birthday show.  It was truly a special night for me and I can't think of a better way to turn 31.  A very special thanks to all the guests who came out this year:  Phil Lesh, Jeff Chimenti, Mark Karan, Nicki Bluhm, Tim Bluhm, Joan Osborne, Audley Freed, Nick Govrik, Steve Gorman, Jabe Beyer,John Molo, Mike Curry, Jeff Pehrson, Hans Eberbach and Sal Valentino --  you guys kick ass and I feel so very lucky to play music with ya'll.   Of course my band mates -- Nate Dale, Jeremy Plog, Zack Bowden and Steve Taylor -- the best in the biz!!  Special thanks to Marty DeAnda and the Fillmore staff for making it all happen smoothly.  Chuckles, Nora, Joe and Darin are my unsung heroes of the night.  Thanks you guys!! Also, thanks to all who attended our very first Trigger Hippy west coast shows in Petaluma and Sacramento.  We all had a great time and we hope ya'll enjoyed the show!  We've been working on some recordings, so look for them soon!

Next up, xmas jam with Phil and Friends!   That should be a blast.  PLF is planning a few shows in CO as well.  Hope to see ya'll out there!!

Have a happy holiday everyone!


Top Ten All-Time Favorite Records

I don't know what prompted my previous photo-blog.  Probably because I was cleaning out my records, boxing up doubles, figuring out what I don't have, etc. I made a trek to The Beat in Sacramento immediately to look for a few things I didn't have that I knew I should have.  In doing so, I inevitably spend more money than I should finding more stuff I like.  So, it goes.

I was thinking about how I would make my top-ten list.  I decided to place specific criteria on myself.  Consider it an exercise in self-discovery.  Here are my criteria:

1) The album cannot be a "Greatest Hits" or compilation of any sort.  That's cheating.

2) I have to have been listening to the album for a minimum of 10 years, and still love listening to it.  Looking for longevity, here.   Unfortunately, this immediately disqualifies more recent records (Wilco, Radiohead, Etc) that might have made it into the list.  For me, it also disqualifies any Grateful Dead music since I've only really enjoyed them for a few years.  Really, what I'm searching for is the records that define me. (Oh God, that sounds so freakin lame.)

3) The album cannot be a bootleg tape.  It must have been commercially released (at least somewhere).  "Live" Albums are okay.

The List

1.  Tom Waits "Small Change"

This record was the first Tom Waits record I'd ever heard.  An older friend played it for me when I was 17.  I didn't like his voice, at first.  It didn't take long to be consumed by it, though.  Before I knew it, I was wearing pork-pie hats and chain smoking and wanting to write songs like that.

2.  Freddie King "Gettin Ready"

This was one of the first electric blues records I ever purchased.  Everything about it is great.  It's like a pop-record for blues dorks.  Great songs, great production, great edits,  great playing and singing.  Shelter records had some amazing releases during that time.

3.   The Coup  "Genocide and Juice"

I believe this is out of print, but it's one of the few Hip Hop records that I love dearly.  (Yes, I like hippity hoppity). It's hilarious.  It's funky.  It's (kind of )socially and politically aware, at least for the time.   This was my weed smoking record when I was a kid.  I still know all the words and I can rap along to most of the songs, which I'm sure is an awkward scene.

4.  The Beatles "Revolver"

The meaning of the Beatles is much different to my age group than say -- my parents.  The Beatles never symbolized rebellion in any way to me.  How could they? I grew up with Nirvana.  MTV.  Etc.  The Beatles were already ancient history by the time I was potty trained.  I actually tried my best to NOT like the Beatles.  I really, really tried but I couldn't deny it.   Pretty much from 65' on, each album was a masterpiece, in my opinion.  With the exception of Let It Be (which I still LOVE) each record was very highly realized.  The word "impeccable" comes to mind.  Each sound seemed to be the best possible version of the sound...if that makes any sense.  The creativity seemed boundless.  As someone who now makes records, these facts are even more impressive now that I know how difficult it all actually is.

5.  Bob Dylan  "Bringing it all back home"

Which brings us to the polar opposite style of record making.  This record has all the symptoms of being a clunker.  It's recorded quickly, instruments are out of tune, etc.   None of that shit matters.  What matters is how the songs make you feel.  As with many Dylan records, this one feels very spontaneous and alive.  The songs, obviously, are fantastic.  Choosing a favorite Dylan record is probably just as difficult as choosing a favorite child.  Okay, maybe not quite that bad.  I have fond memories of this record because I recall that once in High School English class, we all had to learn and recite a speech for a public speaking unit...I brought a guitar and did "Bob Dylan's 115th Dream" for my speech.  I got an A+.

6.  Ray Charles "The Genius of Ray Charles"

The first time I'd ever heard a vinyl record, it was this album.  It was also my first taste of anything resembling true RnB, blues or soul music.  I was probably 14 years old when I discovered this record.  It's the record that started it all for me.  I played the first song "Let the good-times roll" over and over and over.  I still get off on it.  This record blows my mind, every time.

7.  Nirvana  "Nevermind"

I was 11 or 12 when this record came out.  I was too young to "get it", but I really felt the attitude.  By the time I was 13, I was wearing the same jeans for weeks at a time and insisting that dirty-ass flannel shirts were the only fashions statements worth making.  This record also coincided with me getting my first electric guitar....which was some knock off wannabe strat that the man at the music store was nice enough to hold for me until I could pay it off.  I went in every week with 5 bucks, 10 bucks, whatever I had.  Pretty soon, that bad boy was mine!

8.  Arlo Guthrie - "Alices Restaurant"

Believe it or not, there was a time when I could preform, in it's entirety, Alice's Restaurant Massacree.  I memorized all the words.  It's actually a lot harder than you would think to talk and tell a story while you are playing guitar.   I had a teacher in High School who showed me Arlo Guthrie.  He was really into David Bromberg too.  He gave me this tape with "Bullfrog Blues" on it, which is another lengthy talking number.  Actually, one of the first concerts I ever went to was Arlo Guthrie at Martime Hall in San Francisco.

9.  Led Zeppelin -- "Physical Graffiti"

By the time I was able to drive, I was also able to put a CD player in my car.  I didn't have a car until I was almost 18, so I did a lot of research as to what stereo I would be putting in.  Priorities, you understand.  My job at Taco Bell paid for my first car stereo and I can remember driving around for hours after I installed it -- just to see how loud I could get Zeppelin cranked.   This record was the first thing I played in my very first  car stereo.  Interestingly enough, it was also the record that destroyed my car's speakers for the first time.  Imagine that!

10.  Muddy Waters -- "Live at Newport 1960"

There's a TON of blues records that I love, but this is the one I've been listening to the longest.  I don't remember where I got it.  I'm fairly certain I just randomly bought it as my first Muddy Waters record.  I'm glad I did.  The best part is listening to the girls screaming at him from the crowd.  It's kind of frightening, actually.

So, that's my list.   In general, lists like this are pointless.  They don't really provide any perspective of anything other than musical taste...which in an evolving thing.  There's no permanence in regards taste, nor should there be.    Having said that, these are the records that I've listened to for at least a decade and still love them as I did when I first heard them, if not more.   That's gotta account for something?


Southeast Shows Cancelled

Dear friends -

I regret to inform you that I will be rescheduling our dates in the Southeast.  This includes the Atlanta, Chattanooga, Birmingham and Nashville dates.

My father  passed away of bone cancer recently and my family will likely be holding services during that time.

He was a strong man and I will miss him dearly.   I'm thankful and comforted to know that I was able to give him his last wishes.  He spent his last months in my house, close to his children and loved ones.  In his final moments, we were all able to be there and we surrounded him with love and music.   He passed peacefully on Friday, October 21st.

Going through some old photo albums, my mother came across this photograph.  This is my father singing to me as an infant.  I find it a beautiful and poignant statement right now.   (not to mention my kick-ass headband.)

The Chico shows this weekend will go on as planned.  Hope to see y'all there.

Thanks for understanding.



Fall Tour 11'

Thanks to all those who attended our East coast and midwest shows this Fall.  We had a great time and we hope to see you again real soon.  Special thanks to Tim and Nicki Bluhm and Truth and Salvage, who accompanied us on much of this journey. Extra special thanks to Ringo,  Big D, Joe, Chuckles and Nora for taking good care of us out there.

Thanks to everyone who attended my very first art shows.  Hopefully, I'll get to do more sometime soon.

I'm off to play the Southern Grounds festival this friday with Trigger Hippy and then headed back west.  Hope to see ya out on the west coast.


Fall Tour Coming Up

Hi Folks! We are looking forward to our Fall tour!  Hope to see ya'll out there.  Don't by shy, now!  We'll be starting in Pittsburgh, (let's try this again, shall we?) and heading up to Syracuse and Buffalo.  A couple nights in Ann Arbor.  Chicago and Cleveland are also in the mix as well as lovely little Burlington, VT.  Of course, we will be getting nasty in Boston and Philly (Hell of a season for the phillies, by the way!) and of course....a couple nights in New York.

I'm also pleased to announce that we will be showing some of my artwork at some of these shows.  The details are still coming on which ones, but I'll keep ya updated.  I hope ya'll can have a chance to browse around and say hello.

Speaking of... I'll be doing a gallery show in DC on the 28th.  If you are interested in attending, please RSVP:

Tickets for the shows are available online! Some are going pretty quick.  Hope to see ya'll out there!


Art Show in DC

Hello friends, I'm pleased to announce that I'll be doing another art show in DC soon. Here are the details: Mary Douglas Drysdale and Cross MacKenzie Gallery

invite you to attend a private showing and reception for JACKIE GREENE


Wednesday, September 28, 2011

6:00 pm-9:00 pm

2026 "R" Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20009


Esther@ (202)588-0700 or

Aspen, CO

Hi friends,We've added a few dates to our tour calendar. Next up is a an acoustic show at the Belly Up in Aspen, CO on August 17th. Come on out and get folky with us. Also I'm doing my very first gallery show the next day (August 18th) at a gallery in Aspen. If you're interested and in town, come on out. Info below.

Jackie Greene- Paintings, Drawings and Prints Thursday, August 18, 2011 Reception: 6:00 pm - 8:00 p.m.

Unique Modern Art Gallery 307 S. Galena Street Aspen, CO 81611 970-920-2200

Things I Love About The South

Thanks to all you folks who came out and supported our first Trigger Hippy shows this past week! It was a blast (albeit ridiculously hot and humid) and we had a great time. Hope to do it again sometime soon.I've always had sort of a love / hate relationship with the South (as I think many folks do) but after some pondering, it turns out that I just plain love the South. Here's why:

1. Music. I don't believe I need to explain this one. 2. People. Some of the nicest, most genuine people i've met are from the South. 3. Women. Let's face it. There's a disproportionate amount of really beautiful women down there. Drives a single boy crazy. 4. Sun Drop in the glass bottle. It's delicious. And we don't have it in California. (as far as I know) 5. BBQ. One of my favorite activities is trying out new BBQ places. I'm such a dork that I actually carry a list of my favorite BBQ places in my wallet. Needless to say, most of the places on that list are in the South. 6. North Carolina in the Fall. 7. Charleston, SC

Don't get me wrong -- I love a lot of other places too. It's just been on my mind after spending a lot of time in Nashville this year. Hope to get back there soon!

In the meantime, we'll be gearing up for our Fall tour of the East coast. (yes, we love you guys too! Especially Boston. You guys are crazy!) Hope to see ya'll out there!! J

Ladies and Gentlemen, Introducing Trigger Hippy

Hello friends, I just got back from an awesome gig in Woodstock with Phil Lesh and his sons Brian and Grahame. I got to hang out with my old pals Larry and Teresa. Joey Russo was back on the skins kicking some serious ass. Fun times, all around. Of course, the Levon Helm band killed it (as usual). Danny Louis and Marco Benevento were also in the house and tore up a few numbers. For those of you who have never been to a Midnight Ramble....GO TO ONE! You won't regret it. It's just about the most fun you can have with your pants on.

In other news, I'm excited to tell you that I joined a group called Trigger Hippy. We've been rehearsing some in Nasvhille and have some select dates planned for summer. It's an awesome lineup: Steve Gorman, Nick Govrik, Joan Osborne, Audley Freed and little ol' me. Check us out: Look out ya'll!! We be on the facebook as well.

There are still some tickets left for the Swedish American Hall shows in San Francisco. These are special acoustic shows and I'm going to try and focus some attention on the unreleased songs from my lyrics book that just came out. We'll have copies for sale at the show if you wanna check it out.

New book is here!


Hello friends - It is my pleasure to announce that my book is finished and will be released at the Swedish American Hall acoustic shows. That was always the plan, but I wanted to make sure it would get printed in time before I announced it. The book is a collection of song lyrics for every song I've written over the past 10 years. There's lots of stuff in there that nobody has ever heard. I'm planning on performing many of those songs for the first time at these shows. It took me quite awhile to put this book together. I went through old notebooks, demo tapes, etc. I made some footnotes for many of the songs, just to give a little bit of insight into their origin and whatnot.

For those of you on the east coast who are interested but can't make these shows, fear not! It will be available online and at select bookstores in the near future!

Hope to see ya'll out at some shows this summer!

Love and licorice - Jackie

Updates and such...

Greetings friends - First I'd like to announce that the Fairytale Town show in Sacramento has been rescheduled to 6/26 due to a likely rain-out. We figure even if it doesn't rain on that day, the ground will be too damp from previous rains for everyone to sit down. We want people to be comfortable and have a good time. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Those of you present last night in Chico may have noticed the new "Art Table". As some of you may or may not know, I do a lot of drawing and painting both on the road and at home. Some of the pieces have been turned into fine art prints and are for sale in very limited editions. Each one is signed and numbered (by me) and comes with a certificate of authenticity. (Those of you who are collectors will understand and appreciate this.) Right now, we have just one print. It's limited to 100 pieces and once it's gone, it's gone! There's no telling which shows we will have the art table and what pieces we will have in the future, so keep an eye out!

Over and out Jackie

On The Road Again

Hello friends, First, I'd like to apologize to all the Pittsburgh fans for canceling tonight's show. I truly did my best to get there, but it didn't work out. I thought I would take this moment to update those of you who are interested in our tour status. I figure I can elaborate a little more in this space, rather than a few snippets on Facebook.

The rest of the band flew into Pittsburgh on Monday. I decided not to fly this time because I had a recent incident involving a small plane and a tornado in Nashville. Needless to say, I didn't want to fly after that crazy episode. Frankly, I'm scared shit-less to fly right now. So I thought it would be fun to join Charles (our trustee road manager) on his cross country journey driving our van and trailer full of gear from Sacramento to Pittsburgh. Charles is a road warrior. He can do a 12 hour day and get up and mix a festival show the next afternoon. It's impressive, truly.

I'm sorry to say, the whole thing started badly. About 3 hours after we left Sacramento, we had to turn around and go straight back because our trailer break lights went out. As you can imagine, it's highly dangerous (not to mention against the law) to drive around without brake lights on your trailer. Luckily, Charles had a mechanic pal in Sacramento who fixed us right up and we were back on the road.

At that point, we'd only lost 1/2 a day. No big deal. We could make it up with one long haul. Then the bottom fell out. (Not literally, thank God.) We were nearing the town of Rawlins, Wyoming at around 10pm on Friday when we started to lose power. We pulled off to a gas station to see what was wrong and it turned out the battery was dying. They didn't have one at the station, so we called the Travel Center (basically the next truck stop) and they said they could send somebody out within 45 minutes with a new battery for us. Fantastic! Well, that dude didn't show up until 2:30am. Meanwhile, we are waiting in the freezing cold. (Every so often going inside the gas station to warm up and buy crappy coffee.) Finally the dude shows up and, of course, the battery doesn't fit. He gave us a ride to the truck stop (where he worked) and luckily there was a motel next door. So we check in and go to sleep. The next morning, we discover that it's in fact the alternator that has gone bad. The only place in town that can fix it is the dealer and they don't open up until Monday. By then, there's no way we can finish the drive to Pittsburgh to get there on time. So we look at options. We decide to do a really long haul to Des Moines, IA so I can fly out Tuesday morning and meet the band to make the show. The opening band was gracious enough to let us use their gear, since ours wouldn't have made it. (Big thanks to Waylon Speed)

Charles and I had Easter dinner at a truck stop in Rawlins, WY. He had corned beef hash and I had the lasagna. As my dad would say -- "that builds character!". I've had enough character building for one week...

Anyways -- ! After a 14 hour drive to Des Moines, we get in at 5am or so. I'm all set and scheduled on the 10am to Chicago, then to Pittsburgh. Arriving in Pittsburgh around 3pm. Perfect! Just in time for soundcheck. Guess what happens next? I go to check in and my flight to Chicago has been cancelled. Unbelievable! After a confusing conversation with the desk guy, I agree to go on stand by for the next flight to Chicago, then try and make the next available flight to Pittsburgh. (Which would have been arriving around 745pm. No soundcheck, but just in time for the show.)

Long story longer, I wasn't able to get on the flight. The next available option for me would have put me into Pittsburgh at midnight. Obviously, no good. I'm Sorry Pittsburgh -- I really tried to make it happen. I'll make it up to you.

So, after continuing our road journey east, I'm sitting in an airport motel in Chicago. I'm booked on a flight to DC, hoping to make the show at the Birchmere tomorrow. Still don't have our own gear, but we will use whatever is available to us and make it happen. I'm exhausted, but I'm totally ready. Ready to fucking tear that place up. Bring it!


New Book and Updates

Greetings friends and neighbors, It is my unfortunate duty to inform you (if you haven't heard) that the Nateva festival has been cancelled. It's a shame because I was looking forward to it. We'll do our best to make our way to that part of the country anyways though.

I've been working on a number of projects. One I'd like to mention is my book. No, it's not a novel. It's a lyrics book. It's a collection of every song I've written for the last 10 years. Both released and unreleased songs. It took me a long time to compile this collection. (10 years, to be exact!) I think you'll enjoy it when it comes out. I dug deep into my memory and made some notes about many of the songs. It's all in the book. Anyways, I'm not sure the exact release date as I'm still editing and fiddling with it some. Hopefully soon.

We are continuing to add tour dates, so please check back to see if we are coming your way. Or you can download the iPhone app (for free) that will keep you informed and updated.

Hope to see ya out on the road - Jackie

PS Thank God it's baseball season again.

Tour Updates!

Hi all - so far this has been a fun tour.  My sincerest apologies to the folks in Fargo, ND.  I'm sorry we had to cancel.  We will make it up to you guys as soon as we can. We are adding lots of tour dates for the spring and summer - so keep checking back, or subscribe to the RSS or iCal feed to be updated automatically.

Hope to see ya out there on the road!


Another Random Ramble....

Feb 11, 2011  2:37am You know, sometimes it sucks to be me.  Ok, that came out wrong.  Let me rephrase.   There are times when it's difficult to be me.   Okay, that sounds petty and painfully obvious.  Fuck it.  Sometimes it sucks to be me.  Yep.  That's it.

Somebody asked me once: "What makes good art?"  The truth is, I don't know.  Nobody does.  If somebody tells you they know the secret to being a great artist, they are either full of shit or have little talent.  But I answered the question anyways:  "What makes good art?"  Well, I suspect it has something to do with sacrifice.  Everybody gives up something, now and again right?.  It's true.  Being an artist of any sort takes a lot of time and effort.  Sacrifice.  You gotta give up something to get someplace.   Dig?

So what then, did I give up?

Well the first thing that comes to mind is a college education.  I dropped out of school in order to pursue music full time.  It's not a choice I regret, however.  I'm fine with it.  Most kids in college have no idea what they want to do with their lives anyways.  That's what college is for:  exploring options.   Luckily for me, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.  I've wanted to do it since I was 14 years old.  Play music for a living. I made up my mind when I was just a kid.  Best decision I ever made.  It's taken me places I never dreamed of.  And the crazy thing is -- there's still lots more to do.

Sounds great, but what's that about sacrifice?

Everyone I know is happily married or at the very least has someone to come home to that they are in love with.  I haven't been in love for many years.  I've forgotten what it's like.  As I get older, I start to wonder:  Will it ever happen for me? Am I going to miss out on one of the most fundamental experiences of human existence?  Because why? Because I chose to ignore all of my romantic relationships in order to work on my craft?  Was that foolish of me? Or is it precisely the reason I enjoy even the moderate success that I currently experience?   It's a tough question.  Perhaps the two are unrelated.  Perhaps not.  I don't know the answer.  But it nags the shit out of me each day.

This is a conversation I have quite often.  Between me, myself and I:

Me: Fuck this bullshit!!  So many hot chicks at my show and not one of them is single!  The only attention I get is from old women twice my age.  What a drag!

Myself: Easy, tiger.  It's all good.  They all enjoy the music, that's why they come to the shows!  You're making people happy! Isn't that enough?

I : Did I remember to turn the heater off at the house before we left?

Me:  Look at the blonde over on the left.  She's about to take off her shirt.  Fuck yeah!  What an awesome gig!!!

Myself: Dude, her boyfriend looks pissed off.  She must be drunk.  Better not pay attention.

I:  Do they have Waffle Houses in Vermont?

Me:  What a drag.  Everyone in the band is married and their wives are all here.  They're gonna go out and have a good time and i'll be stuck on the bus reading George Orwell.

Myself: Pay attention!  Here comes the bridge!  Don't forget the words, asshole!

I: Who the fuck is George Orwell?

Me: Oh great, I'm gonna get cornered later by a bunch of old smelly farts who want to freaking chit chat.

Myself: Not unlike yourself,  you chitchatting mother-fucker!

I:  I'm craving a hotdog.

I really don't know what the point of this whole post was,   Oh yeah --- sometimes it sucks to be me.   Only sometimes though.

The honest-to-god truth is this:  What brings me the most happiness is when I am able to bring others happiness.  I try and do it through my music.   I endeavor to create what I believe to be good and true in the kingdom of music.   Perhaps a man can only have one true calling....