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Due to a scheduling conflict, Jackie’s Greene’s show at The Center For The Arts in Grass Valley, CA, originally scheduled for Sat, May 20th, is being moved to Sun, May 21st. If you have purchased tickets for the 20th they will be honored for the 21st. If you need a refund and purchased your ticket from the Center box office please call 530.274.8384 ext 12, if you purchased tickets on EventBrite through (((folkYeah))) please contact: Lindsay@folkyeah.com
The Prince of Americana – The New York Times
“…the truth of Jackie Greene’s music as an
absolutely accurate reflection of who he really is.”
– Glide Magazine
Where you’re going has always been more important than where you’ve been. By his music, Jackie Greene appears to have been through every major American musical influence: from country, to jazz, to folk to rock. And, marked by the release of his newest album American Myth, it’s clear that Greene knows where he’s going. His roots twist to create a unique sound, combining the introspectiveness of an engaging songwriter with the energy of a chemically charged rock band.
Growing up in a small, rural town in Northern California, Greene took to music quickly, eventually outgrowing the tastes of his peers. On his own, he discovered the lost sides of Hank Williams, Ray Charles, Leadbelly and Muddy Waters. America’s past it seems, was all available on 12 wax.
Shortly after high school, Greene took the lessons of these records to this stage. His career picked up steam as he played hoot-nights and coffeehouses. Dubbed a ‘young blues prodigy’ he moved to Sacramento, releasing the self-produced album Rusty Nails from the trunk of his car. It led to his signing with indie label Dig Music, eventually morphing into the folksier artist seen on 2003’s Gone Wanderin’.
In early 2005, he signed with a major record label, Verve Forecast. Sweet Somewhere Bound was reissued that year, followed by a new release, American Myth, in March 2006. The following year, Greene joined Phil Lesh and Friends, the Grateful Dead bassist’s ensemble dedicated to the interpretation of the Dead’s extensive song book. Other members of the band at the time included John Molo, Larry Campbell and Steve Molitz. Also in 2005 his song “I Will Never Let Go” was used in the soundtrack for the movie Brokeback Mountain. Meanwhile, Greene continued to pursue solo efforts, releasing Giving Up the Ghost in April 2008, and made his second visit to Late Night With Conan O’Brien in June 2008, performing “Like A Ball & Chain”. Another song from the album, “I Don’t Live in a Dream”, was featured on episodes of the NBC television series Life in November 2008 and ABC’s Private Practice in March 2009.
In October through November 2009, Greene played a series of shows with Government Mule, culminating at the end of the tour on Halloween at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, during which Jackie played and sang through an entire set of Rolling Stones songs with Gov’t Mule.
The journey is now the depth behind his music. “I’ve been writing, recording and performing non-stop. I’ve lived in cars, hotels, basements, slept on floors, couches, strange girl’s beds. I wrote lots of songs in those places. Some I’ll never remember, but that’s all part of it, I guess.”
With a stream-of-consciousness vibe, many of Greene’s songs reflect a certain spontaneity, traveling quickly from inspiration to album to fan. “Music that’s too perfect isn’t music anymore. It’s better to just capture a moment in time.” says Greene of his philosophy.