Live Music Review Jackie Greene 11/5/2016 Grey Eagle Asheville NC
Written by Shawn Chisholm on November 6, 2016
Jackie Greene and his band played to a packed house at the Grey Eagle in Asheville Saturday 11/5.
The current lineup consists of John Cornell on bass, Fitz Paris on drums, Nate Dale on rhythm guitar, and Jason Crosby on keys.
The band took the stage with a rollicking romp, revisiting a number of favorites from Jackie’s extensive solo work, including Spooky Tina and Animal. Tunes which are a great reminder of his prolific body of work. Greene is currently touring in support of his latest solo effort released in 2015 titled “Back to Birth”. The album is his first solo release since the 2010 “Till The Light Comes”.
In recent years the musician has worked heavily in collaboration acts such as “the reunited Black Crowes as lead guitarist on their worldwide tour, supergroup Trigger Hippy, which Greene is a member of along with Joan Osborne and Crowes drummer Steve Gorman. Greene continues to be a frequent member of Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh’s touring ensemble Phil Lesh & Friends, for which he has contributed lead guitar and vocals since 2007. Greene also toured as part of WRG, an acoustic trio with the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir and Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson, and he performed with Levon Helm as part of Helm’s fabled Midnight Ramble shows” quoted text is an excerpt from http://www.jackiegreene.com/bio/
Midway through the night, multi-instrumentalist Jason Crosby stepped from behind the keyboards and took center stage with violin in hand. With great relish Jackie took his place, swapping between both keyboards and at times playing both in unison for a number of tunes from the new CD wrapping up the mini set with a heartfelt rendition of Hallelujah that had the crowd singing along. Greene returned to the center stage with a great rendition of Mexican Girl.
The magic moment of the evening happened during a cover of Elizabeth Reed. You know that moment: the band is loosened up and rocking, the crowd is along for the ride, when everything seems to click into place with a moment of transcendent perfection. I had snuck up close to the stage when the opening strains started, curious to see how the band would handle this iconic standard and I was not disappointed. The band members all had their eyes closed, seemingly focused on the unseen magic that they were creating live and in the moment, each in their own separate space and yet a small part of something bigger than themselves. It’s moments like this that make live music and the musicians who create it so distinctive and special. Moments that leave the listeners exhilarated and breathless, which is exactly what we seek when we purchase tickets and support our favorite live act. This was one of those moments without a doubt. Inevitably the song came to a close and the show ended, as they always must. But the band still had one more special treat in store as the returned for an encore performing a rousing rendition of Shakedown Street that was a celebration of the night’s musical offerings. The strain slid into a masterful instrumental cover of The Wall and after a leisurely exploration of that melody the band effortlessly slid back into Shakedown and brought a great night of music in an intimate venue to a close. This was without doubt an example of fine live music at its best.
For more information about Jackie and upcoming tour dates see his webpage: http://www.jackiegreene.com/
To purchase recordings of live performances check out: http://www.livedownloads.com/live-music/3,1023/Jackie-Greene-mp3-flac-downloads.html