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Jackie Greene: A Musician's Musician~

Updated: Feb 22

Americana and roots singer-songwriter Jackie Greene is a jack-of-all-trades, and an artist who can croon over soulful piano ballads as much as he can shred a bluesy guitar solo (like he did as the lead guitarist for The Black Crowes in 2013). A road warrior and musician's musician, Greene's new EP 'The Modern Lives - Vol 2' (out October 2018 on Blue Rose Music) finds him at a new chapter in his life: his first months of fatherhood, time off his relentless touring circuit, and a cross-country move from Brooklyn to his birthplace of Northern California. 

This new collection of six original songs is a thematic extension of 'The Modern Lives - Vol 1' EP (released in 2017 on Blue Rose Music), imbued with a Brooklyn basement DIY feel and ethos. He is a student of American music, transfixed upon its progression through time, as well as how regional sounds fit in a contemporary context. Whereas 'Vol 1' saw Greene experiment with the Delta blues as a canvas for his examinations of modern society, 'Vol 2' sees Greene embrace the sounds of the bluegrass and folk tapes of his youth.

Lead single "Crazy Comes Easy" showcases Greene's dynamic, multi-instrumental range as he plays slide guitar, organ, bass, and percussion, the guitar licks an appreciative nod to his time in The Black Crowes.

Meanwhile, "Good Old Bad Times" highlights Greene as the songwriter as he rattles off lines like "How can somebody find a future? / If they ain't got a foothold in the past?" while taking a critical eye to the idea of nostalgia. Piano ballad "Victim Of The Crime" was one of Jackie's oldest demos up until the feel of these sessions gave him the tools to finish a song that, in his words, was written for his wife before she was his wife. While the title possesses a kind of melodrama, the song itself is tender and heartfelt as he details love's trials and tribulations.  

Greene partnered with Academy Award-nominated "king of indie animation" Bill Plympton for a series of music videos for 'The Modern Lives - Vol 1' that would eventually become an animated short film titled 'The Modern Lives'. The film is currently making the rounds at film festivals where it has already won the Jury Award at the USA Film Festival in Dallas, TX, and the Grand Remi Award / Best in Show at WorldFest in Houstin, TX. The short is also being exhibited at the 71st Festival de Cannes/Court Metrage, Melbourne International Animation Festival, and ASIFA-East Festival, amongst others.

Since the release of his critically-acclaimed debut album 'Gone Wanderin’', Greene has built an enduring audience through a relentless touring schedule with the likes of BB King, Mark Knopfler, Susan Tedeschi, and Taj Mahal.

He played lead guitar with The Black Crowes on their Layin’ Down With #13 World Tour, recorded and toured with Trigger Hippy - his supergroup with Joan Osborne - and in the last four years performed over 300 shows of his own, all while continuing to record and release his solo work.

Greene is a frequent member of Phil Lesh & Friends, and sits in with countless other artists including Tedeschi Trucks Band, Govt Mule, Mississippi All-Stars, Amy Helm, Steve Earle, and Bob Weir.

Live @ Center For The Arts~~Grass Valley, CA~~February '24

Greene has toured nationally with many well-known artists, including Gov't Mule, Los Lobos, Mark Knopfler, B.B. King, Phil Lesh, Ratdog, Huey Lewis, Susan Tedeschi, Taj Mahal, and Buddy Guy. He has also played at major U.S. festivals, such as All Good, Gathering of the Vibes, Mountain Jam, Grateful Garcia Gathering, Newport Jazz, Newport Folk, South by Southwest, Wakarusa, Winnipeg Folk, Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, and Rothbury.

Jackie Greene first met Phil Lesh in 2005. Greene was playing a show at the Terrapin Crossroads, Lesh's music venue in San Rafael, California. Lesh was in the audience and was impressed by Greene's performance. He invited Greene to sit in with him on a few songs. Greene was thrilled, and the two of them quickly became friends.

In 2006, Greene joined Phil Lesh and Friends, the Grateful Dead bassist's ensemble dedicated to the interpretation of the Dead's extensive songbook. He toured with the band for several years, and his playing was praised by fans and critics alike.

Greene and Lesh have continued to collaborate on various projects over the years. In 2012, they released a collaborative album called "Sweethearts of the Rodeo." The album was a tribute to the country music duo of the same name.

Greene considers Lesh to be one of his musical mentors. He has said that Lesh has taught him a great deal about music and life. Greene is grateful for the opportunity to have worked with Lesh, and he considers him to be a close friend.

Jackie Greene was a member of Trigger Hippy, a supergroup formed in 2012 by Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead, Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes, and Jackie Greene himself. The band also included bassist Dave Schools of Widespread Panic and drummers Jay Lane and John Molo.

Trigger Hippy released their self-titled debut album in 2014, which was produced by Weir. The album was well-received by critics and fans alike. The band toured extensively in support of the album, playing shows across the United States and Europe.

Greene left Trigger Hippy in 2015 to focus on his solo career. However, he has continued to collaborate with the band on occasion. In 2017, he joined them for a few shows in support of their second album, "Sweetwater."

Jackie Greene was the lead guitarist for the Black Crowes from 2013 to 2015. He replaced Luther Dickinson, who left the band to focus on his solo career.

Greene's music has been praised by members of the Grateful Dead, including Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, and Jerry Garcia. Lesh has said that Greene is "a great musician and a great friend" and that he is "proud to have him as part of the Grateful Dead family." Weir has called Greene "a talented young songwriter and musician" and said that he is "excited to see what he does next." Garcia has said that Greene is "a great talent" and that he is "looking forward to hearing more from

Greene's involvement with the Grateful Dead has helped to raise his profile as a musician and has given him the opportunity to play with some of the biggest names in the music industry. He is a talented musician who is respected by his peers and his fans, and his involvement with the Grateful Dead has only helped to solidify his reputation as a rising star.

Greene has said that he is proud of his Japanese heritage and that it has influenced his music. He has said that he has been influenced by Japanese culture and music, and that he has incorporated some of these elements into his own music.

Greene has also said that he has been inspired by Japanese artists such as the filmmaker Akira Kurosawa and the musician Ryuichi Sakamoto. He has said that these artists have shown him the power of art and the importance of telling stories.

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Joe Rey
Joe Rey
Nov 14, 2023

Excellent POPOLOGIST® Reporting! Definitely Minting This As BOOK OF POP TRADING CARD & NFT!

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