Bay Area singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jackie Greene certainly shows great versatility on his sixth album. Wonderful harmonies abound throughout as he teams with co-producer Tim Bluhm and engineer David Simon-Baker on vocals.
Tom Petty fans will love the sound of “Shaky Ground.” Greene’s roots show on the trippy “Stranger In Sand.” Everyone can relate to “Grindstone” at some point in life. Best back to back cuts are the rocking “Spooky Tina” and the delicately done “1961”—the lyrics in that one will really touch your heart. Be sure to party to “Take Me Back in Time,” while “The Holy Land” is a peaceful, pensive, relaxing political song.
I have always enjoyed seeing Greene perform with Phil Lesh and Friends, Ratdog, Gov’t Mule and Levon Helm. I will admit I had to adjust to my first experience with a true Jackie Greene album, but I’m glad I did and it will lead me back to his earlier works.
—Marc D. Joseph