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Album Review

Jackie Greene continued to expand his base as one of the more interesting new roots-based singer/songwriters of the early 2000s on Sweet Somewhere Bound, although the compositions were of varying quality. Certainly the best of them were satisfying, and had a wider range than many similar artists working in similar territory. His vocals had a lived-in earthiness, and his arrangements blended folk, roots rock, country, Americana, and bit of the blues without particularly favoring any certain combination. The lyrical themes do tread on some of the same areas common to singer/songwriters of the style: restless urges to escape the mundane grind he sees his community settling into, story-songs and character sketches about troubled souls, and a lament for a death of someone close to him ("Emily's in Heaven"). The Bob Dylan comparisons that have come up in some coverage of his work are still here, particularly in his spontaneous yet accomplished harmonica work, but not so overwhelmingly that Greene's own persona is subsumed. He really whoops it up in the jovial prison song "About Cell Block #9" — one of the set's highlights — but for the most part it's a more contemplative record, concerned about the state of things but not quite discouraged. Some of those songs skirt the more routine clichés of weary-gazing roots music, but "Miss Madeline (3 Ways to Love Her)" in particular is haunting enough to rise above such pitfalls.

Customer Reviews

rising star

just saw jackie live at Irving Plaza in NYC last night - he was opening for susan tedeschi. he's like a 1000 year old soul in a 23 year old body.......he's got that special thing, that indefinable something extra that excites and activates people. he said a new album comes out early next year - till then check his excellent songwriting on this . . . then turn on a friend and go buy tics to a live show :) he's amazing

unusually perfect

I have seen Jackie Greene grow over the years. I use to manage a coffee house in Sacramento, where he was an unknown talent, and I booked him as a 1 man show. A small entourage of his followers came. He was fresh graduate from high school, and anyone that could here this kid play was captivated. They came just to grab a cup of coffee, or a beer and run out or talk, but that plan quickly changed. People were captivated, speechless, and hanging on every note that this kid produced. I have the original raw promo CD that he gave me, I cherished it, and I copied one for every family member and friend. Some of whom, ran other bars and clubs around town, and they were immediately hooked. I do like to think that I helped a bit for promoting this artist, but his merits alone make him one of the best artists to come out of our town.

Great live performer

I too was at the Irving Plaza show where he opened for Tedeschi. When this unknown "kid" stepped onstage, most of us stayed back by the bar. 1 minute into his opening number & we were crashing the stage man. I bought this album the next day & like it a lot, but it does lack the energy that this young man puts out on stage. Cant wait for a live album or his next NYC show. Cell Block # 9 is great as is Honey I been thinking about you. He is a great showman , musician, songwriter & has a great career to look forward to. Check him out & remember the name.

Biography

Born: November 27, 1980 in Monterey, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Discovered at an open-mike night when Dig Music's owner happened to be there, singer/songwriter Jackie Greene is a captivating performer who works well in simple, sparse environments. Signing to the label almost immediately, the California native worked countless clubs and bars before his discovery, a fact made more interesting when considering that he was a teenager at the time. A multi-instrumentalist, Greene played most of the instruments on his debut record, Gone Wanderin'. A soulful bit of roots...
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