As if Sacramento blues-rocker wunderkind Jackie Greene didn’t already remind me enough of Bob Dylan, this rapidfire montage video makes me half expect him to start tossing hand-lettered signs off to the side with each lyric. Nonetheless I like this new film clip a lot, seemingly part of a campaign to drum up some deserved attention for his 2006 album American Myth, which I really like.
Jackie sounds a little glum:
“I am either up really early, or really late. Honestly I can’t tell. Strange things are happening in my world, some of them not so wonderful, and some of them extremely exciting. I’m sure we all feel that way at times. Like we don’t know if we’re walking into a trap, or a surpirse party. It’s an odd feeling…
Last night (or tonight) I played with one of my favorite bands, The Mother Hips, here in San Francisco. They have a brand new record out called Kiss The Crystal Flake which is available now. It’s a fantastic record, one of their finest. To really experience the Hips, you must see them live.
We have a nice string of shows coming up that I hope folks will be good enough to show up to. I want to start performing some of the new songs that will hopefully wind up on our next release. Which by the way, will probably not be out for a long time. As impatient as I am, and it drives me fucking mad, it’s probably a good thing. American Myth has only been out for about 10 months now. Sadly, it’s pretty much dead. It’s difficult to realize that a record that I cared so much about gets so little attention, but I guess that’s the way it goes. Moving forward is the only motion that counts, I guess.
Tim Bluhm and I have been working on our Skinny Singers record. It’s coming along nicely and we hope you’ll enjoy it when it becomes available. The songs are different…quirky, sparse. Bluesy, funky. Two skinny dudes singing their skinny asses off…something like that.”
I almost want to say something like, “Buck up, camper” and give him a gentle punch on the shoulder. He’s got talent, and there are still those of us out here who appreciate that greatly. This video I shot of him performing last August (in a steaming ten-thousand degree club) is still one of the best live shots I’ve captured in recent memory – just full of life and a great, great song.