It hasn’t been too many moons since Jackie Greene broke onto the music scene and radio waves with the single, “Honey I Been Thinking About You,” in 2005, but since then, he’s come a long way, painting his own silver lining of sorts.
If you visit his website, the video of the new track “Silver Lining” is the first object on the page and gives you a good explanation of where he’s at now as it is filled with a myriad of tapestries and images of the American flag and the iconic Grateful Dead logo.
“The basic idea of the song is a longing for success after working so hard. At the end of the song the protagonist in the song realizes that his "silver lining" lives inside of himself,” Greene said about the track.
Greene has been the epitome of hard work and success over the last 10 years and has released a string of solo albums, acted as a member of the group Phil Lesh & Friends and most recently toured with Black Crowe’s Chris Robinson and Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir in the Weir Robinson Greene Acoustic Trio.
When you have those credentials, you’re in very good standing among music fans and musicians alike and this is something Greene takes to heart.
“It’s nothing but a pleasure to know and make noise with those guys. I consider myself a student - always learning,” Greene said about making music with the likes of Weir, Lesh and Robinson.
He noted that Robinson was an amazing guy and very charismatic and also one who knows much about 70’s music, and he also holds Weir and Lesh in high regard.
“Bobby is just like you’d think he would be - weirder than you’re weirdest friend. He’s a great guitar player. Phil is one of the most kind and giving humans that I know. He’s got an extremely precise musical ear and he’s unafraid to dive into deep waters,” Greene added.
Though Greene admits to being a student, he does maintain freshness to his approach and his content and subject matter album after album.
“I used to really stress about that kind of thing. Lately, I’ve realized that context is a lot of it. Both for the listener and the artist. I like to try and keep an open mind when producing, but the truth is that sometimes it takes an extra set of ears for objectivity,” Greene said.
On the heels of his next album, which is yet to have a release date or title, he will pick from 25 new tracks that appear to be very introspective in nature.
Greene has followed a natural progression as an artist and has made great music over the years with tracks like “Shaken,” “I’m So Gone,” and “Shaky Ground.”
In the same manner, the new album tends to follow personal themes, which span from the loss of his father to his affinity for the South and the Americana music genre.
As most artists keep a fine eye on their own work, Greene is no exception, as he will produce the new album like he did on his last effort.
In the same regard, he will actually play every instrument on the album himself and the new songs are taking notable comparisons to past work of J.J. Cale, Leon Russel and Little Feat, musically speaking.
While taking the reins, he does aim for the best organic sound and understands that some imperfections can bring an intrinsic quality to the table when recording.
“The new album will probably be more or less a “back to the roots” sort of endeavor. I’m not totally certain what that means yet, but let’s say the new stuff is very homegrown,” Greene said.
Along with the new album, Greene has just begun a tour that stops in Nashville on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 3rd and Lindsley and will stretch through the East Coast with the final dates in California.
Like most musicians in today’s music world, touring is the name of the game and Greene averages anywhere between 100-125 dates per year.
In the past, he has played festivals such a Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, Summerfest, Rothbury, Newport Folk and Monterey Jazz, but does have a special place for Nashville as well.
“I love Nashville. I had the good fortune to play at the Ryman last spring with Chris and Bobby. It was an amazing experience for me. I’ve been spending a lot of time in Nashville these last couple years. I’ve made a lot of great friends, so I always feel at home there,” Greene said.
With his busy schedule and engagements these days, Greene does take a breath of fresh air from time to time, as he is an avid baseball fan and enjoys collecting vinyl and vintage Americana clothes, but at the end of the day it’s all about making music.
For ticket information, visit 3rdandlindsley.com and for more information on Greene visit jackiegreene.com.