Jackie Greene

Jackie Greene

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Multi-instrumental, Americana singer-songwriter.  Impeccable, thought-provoking songwriter heavily influenced by Muddy Waters, Leadbelly, Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Johnny Cash, Ray Charles and Wilco. Plays electric, acoustic guitars, piano, hammond b-3 bass, harmonica and drums.

Biography

The Ballad of Jackie Greene

“At a mere 22 years, Sacramento’s Jackie Greene has more old-soul in him than most musicians twice his age. He’s been tagged as a blues phenom, but his album reveals an effortless flair for Texas-and-Greenwich Village-style folk, hillbilly stomp, bar-band boogie woogie, or just about any roots-related genre he cares to try on for size. He’s a songwriter, plain and simple, and a superb one at that.”
James Sullivan, San Francisco Chronicle

When DIG Music owner Marty DeAnda happened into a local Sacramento folk pub’s Monday hoot night in the autumn of 2001 to meet up with his friend and label-mate, the legendary singer Sal Valentino (The Beau Brummels, Stoneground), DeAnda was clearly not expecting to hear anything impressive beyond Valentino’s fabled voice. But he did. A scrawny young kid with a big old-soul voice, guitar chops and plenty of musical confidence stepped up to the mike and made all room conversation cease. A few more club visits, a few more dawning nights of insight, and DIG Music had their first new artist signed to the label.

Jackie Greene had blown into Sacramento only months earlier from a tiny old Northern California gold rush town that was, in it’s day, called Hangtown, but now is more discreetly named Placerville. Greene, a local just turned 21 then, sounded like a displaced Delta boy, picked up by Guthrie’s dustbowl winds and set down in Harte, Steinbeck and Saroyan Country.

Born in Monterey, California, Greene grew up in small town Cameron Park, thirty miles east of Sacramento. Along with his mom and three younger siblings at home, Greene had a piano and an old guitar his father had left. Mostly self-taught, Greene began playing in public at age 16, then moved onto local Placerville coffeehouses nearby, just after high school graduation. The move to nearby Sacramento, armed with a self-produced CD, was the next logical step. It paid off fast.

Greene is strikingly unself-conscious in the way he envisions his time-out-of-mind place. His voice is big and casually seductive in the way that Bob Dylan and Tom Waits and Gregg Allman’s voices are. Like his heroes, Dylan and Waits, his source material embraces folk, blues and country; the end result is both cutting edge and timeless.

Greene’s compactness of phrase with feeling is impressive. He can turn a beautiful line, he can lay down a lowdown lick and leave you wanting some more. He’s a smart young man who is an accomplished musician on acoustic and electric guitar, harmonica, piano and Hammond B-3 organ.
Jackie Greene has moved from hoot nights to high profile venues and major festival stages in a short amount of time since the November, 2002 release of
GONE WANDERIN’ (DIG 106). The album won the California Music Award for the “Best Blues/Roots Album” in May 2003 and has remained on the national Americana Chart for over a year. In 2003, he toured nationally with singer/guitarist Susan Tedeschi, blues master B.B. King and pop icon Huey Lewis, as well as dates with John Hiatt, George Thorogood and Taj Mahal. In virtually every venue, Green has set support act, house records for CD sales off the bandstand. He played high profile festival dates across the country the summer of 2003, including, the Newport Folk Festival, the Strawberry Music Festival, the Rhythm & Roots Festival and the San Francisco Blues Festival. Now in 2004, he is on national tours with Jonny Lang, Taj Mahal and the great Buddy Guy. He has also astounded crowds, playing select dates with Lyle Lovett, Richard Thompson, Los Lobos, John Hiatt and Los Lonely Boys. Solo or with his sympathetic rhythm section of Ben Lefever on drums and Hence Phillips on bass and harmony vocals, Greene has lifted audiences to their feet, with encores and standing ovations following nearly every performance. Greene offers up a sound and vision that is gathering an extremely wide audience range, prom pre-teen girls to heritage fans who came of age in the 1960s and 1970s. Like Raymond Carter or Lead belly, Greene has taken the time to fashion poetically formed teardrops of songs along his journey.

Additional info can be found at www.DigMusic.com

Lyrics

A Thing Called Rain

Written By: Jackie Greene

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A Thing Called Rain
Sweet Somewhere Bound, 2004
 
A Thing Called Rain

I think I’ll quit my job today,
Spend the money that I saved
I think I’ll build a boat for me
And sail myself across the sea
Cause’ every night the sun goes down
And the morning helps me come around
The coffee likes to chase the booze
The booze it likes to chase the blues

I kept your picture in a frame
I kept your heart out on a chain
But hearts don’t belong on chains
And pictures don’t belong in frames
People come and people go
Foe to friend and friend to foe
And you do just what yer supposed to do
Cause the clock don’t ever stop for you

she thinks she knows me oh so well
for six nights in a cheap motel,
she gave her heart away for free
she gave it all away to me
but im needle dancin’ on a pin
match under my heels again
not every bird will sing for you
don’t matter how you ask her to

can’t believe the way she acts
she doesn’t even know the facts
but ain’t that just the way it goes
when you’re telling truth in liars clothes
born and raised and born again
and I can’t tell you why or when
but everything will happen twice
sure as fire, sure as ice

so it’s broken hearts and dusty roads
and somewhere there my soul explodes
with every piece of every day
and everything I meant to say
and where I’ll be, no one can tell
I’m fishing in a wishing well
and i’m doing the very best I can
I just hope you’ll understand

now I seen all the lights that shine
countless colors in my mind
they climb and swim and spark and glow
and ask me what it is I know
I know a thing called love
a thing called thunder in the sky above
now I know a thing called pain
now I know a thing called rain

copyright 2003 Jackie Greene/DIG Music LLC
reprinted with permission

Alice on the Rooftop

Written By: Jackie Greene

Alice On The Rooftop
Sweet Somewhere Bound, 2004
 
Alice On The Rooftop

See the cars down below
how they go, they come and they go
see the fools, work all day
fade away and they don't even know

It's a shame, it's insane;
it's the world that's happening here
and it's hard to maintain
when everything is so insincere

Alice is on the rooftop
Alice is on the rooftop

There's a part in a play
that i swear was meant just for me
it's the part of a sailor
who's becoming afraid of the sea

Where ya going? Where ya Been?
are you trying so hard to fit in?
What's the point? Fix the joint,
and tommorow you can tell me again
and

Alice is on the rooftop
Alice is on the rooftop

and the sun don't ever come
where the rain refuses to fall
and you can't jump the bridge
when there is no bridge at all

theres a cross in the hand
of a man who is ready to die
theres a bird on my window
i believe she's ready to fly

take your toes from the ledge
and your arms are open wide
you're so tired, you're so torn
but your heart keeps beating inside

and Alice is on the rooftop

copyright 2003 Jackie Greene/DIG Music LLC
reprinted with permission

Don't Mind Me, I'm Only Dying Slow

Written By: Jackie Greene


 
Don't Mind Me, I'm Only Dying Slow
Sweet Somewhere Bound, 2004
 
Don't Mind Me, I’m Only Dying Slow

Out from my window, the people are passing on by
I hear them complain but I know that they don’t even try
And the lights down on Main Street don’t shine like they used to
And I’m thinking of nothing but spending a lifetime with you

You know that I love you, you know that I wait by your door
You know how I’m feeling, so I won’t have to feel it no more
But nobody could ever love you like I can
Honey someday you’ll wake up and maybe you’ll understand

Now I got a friend of a friend who drives a nice car
And I got acquaintances down at the neighborhood bar
And I got some women; they stop on by my home
But somehow I always wake up each morning alone

And the train that I ride has nothing aside
From the Phantom Conductor with a dog at his side
And the ghost of a weeping, weddingless bride
Who should have been married but never arrived
And I see through the windows like I see through the lies
Like I see through every useless disguise that
Everyone wears but everyone swears that they don’t
Ah but don’t mind me baby, I’m only dying slow

I’m trying so hard just to forget about you
I try not to care about anything that you do
But four in the morning and I just can’t sleep
The pills ain’t workin and I can’t get no relief

And I feel like a hound dog moaning along with the rain
Any day now, the jukebox could drive me insane
There’s an old man in the corner that nobody knows
He says: “laugh while you can cause someday you’ll be wearing my clothes”

But I guess I can’t tell you what you don’t already know
And I ain’t no prophet, my landlord he told me so
But my mind is a burning ring of Saturn Flame…
And I feel things inside that I just cant explain

I know that you know how to fake and to take what
You break what you burn what you never did learn
Then you turn and you say that you’ve made a mistake
As your head starts to spin and your heart starts to ache
But all that you make will be all that you get
When the curtain goes down, but don’t you forget
That all your regret is a cheap silhouette and that’s all…
Ah but don’t mind me baby, i'm only dying slow

I met a gambler who did nothing but lose all day
He had love in his hands but he let her slip away
And all he ever wanted was to give her a win
But all she ever really wanted was him

copyright 2003 Jackie Greene/DIG Music LLC
reprinted with permission

Discography

DIG 106   Gone Wanderin'                        (CD)
DIG 107   Rusty Nails                                (CD)
DIG 109   Positively 12th &K                     (CD)
DIG 111   Broken Hearts, Dusty Roads    (DVD)
DIG 112  Sweet Somewhere Bound         (CD)
 
All songs available for download via I-Tunes/MSN.
Songs also available on website.

Radio Summary for
Gone Wanderin' (DIG 106)
Jackie Greene

RADIO STATION / PUBLICATION LOCATION

ACOUSTIC CAFÉ NATIONALLY SYNDICATED
BAY AREA BLUES NOTES SAN FRANCISCO CA
BLUES REVUE
BOSTON HERALD BOSTON MA
ESSAY MAGAZINE SANTA CRUZ CA
GRAND RAPIDS GAZETTE GRAND RAPIDS MI
KBCR STEAMBOAT SPRINGS CO
KBPI DENVER CO
KFMU STEAMBOAT SPRINGS CO
KFOG AIRPLAY & IN STUDIO CONCERT SAN FRANCISCO CA
KGO SAN FRANCISCO CA
KKUP CUPERTINO CA
KMTT DENVER CO
KOTR CAMBRIA CA
KPFA LIVE RADIO CONCERT BERKELEY CA
KPIG SANTA CRUZ CA
KPLU SEATTLE WA
KPRI SAN DIEGO CA
KRSH SANTA ROSA CA
KUSP SANTA CRUZ CA
KUT AUSTIN TX
KVMR LIVE CONCERT BROADCAST NEVADA CITY CA
KWMR POINT REYES CA
MADISON CAPTIAL TIMES MADISON WI
MARIN INDEPENDENT MARIN CO. CA
MOUNTAIN STAGE NATIONALLY SYNDICATED
SACRAMENTO BEE SACRAMENTO CA
SANTA MONICA MIRROR SANTA MONICA CA
SIRIUS RADIO NORTH AMERICA
SOUTH COUNTY INDEPENDENT PROVIDENCE RI
THE FOLK SAMPLER NATIONAL SYNDICATION
THE ISTHMUS MADISON WI
WBEZ CHICAGO IL
WESTWORD DENVER CO
WFCR AMHERST MA
WFHB BLOOMINGTON IN
WFPK LOUISVILLE KY
WGBH BOSTON MA
WJQX LANSING MI
WMKY MOOREHEAD KY
WMMM AIRPLAY & LIVE RADIO INTERVIEW MADISON WI
WORCHESTER TELEGRAM WORCHESTER MA
WQBR MCELLHATTAN PA
WRFL LEXINGTON KY
WRSI GREENFIELD MA
WSGE CHARLOTTE NC
WUNH LIVE RADIO VISIT HARTFORD CT
WYCE GRAND RAPIDS MI
XM RADIO CONCERT NORTH AMERICA

Set List

We do no covers on a regular basis.  Occasionally Jackie will cover a Ray Charles or Muddy Waters song.  Typical set is 35 to 60 minutes as support or two 45 minute sets as headliner.

For the most current list of appearances please go to:
http://www.jackie-greene.com/calendar