Wow! Bonnaroo is next week, which is kinda hard to believe. It seems like I just bought my ticket not too long ago and all of the sudden I’ll be packing up the car to head to TN. Woo!
Jackie Greene is a man – just to clear up any confusion. When I first heard his name (not his music), I was going to guess that it was a female singer. Jackie Greene appears to the public as a folk rocker but sounds like so much more. After being compared to the likeness of Dylan, Greene has taken his simple folk rock image and added more strings, brass, and an almost blues feeling. His latest album, American Myth, is an awesome piece of musical work. Normally, the somewhat rustic country twist to his music would completely shut me off to his music, but I guess it “just works” for Mr. Greene.
[MP3] Jackie Greene – So Hard To Find My Way
If I were gonna pick a track to be a “Jackie Greene Staple” it would have to the this song. The feel-good vibe that is present in this song is highly contagious and the music (including banjo, slide guitar, and brass) is extremely well arranged.
[MP3] Jackie Greene – Closer To You
This a good song, mainly for the fact that I can see Greene playing this song with a slew of backup singers and candles lit in the background. Between the brass, organ, and bongos this song shows Greene’s willingness to boldly experiment with new styles of music. Plus the line “Everybody wants to go heaven / But nobody is ready to die” is just amazing.
[MP3] Jackie Greene – Love Song; 2:00 AM
The guitar picking in the beginning of this song reminded me of Elliott Smith for a split second and any comparison to Mr. Smith is a good comparison. A good love song, aptly titled, and a fair presentation of a the “slower” side of Jackie.
Next week will be the final installment of Bonnaroo Bound until next year, assuming Bonnaroo is (once again) complete with an awesome lineup. There are still some tickets available (it’s just about sold out!) and my caravan/camping spot could always use a few additions. If you’re gonna be there, let me know! Until then, check out Jackie Greene’s new album!