Jackie Greene Band
December 6, 2007
First off, I'm so happy to see blue sky this morning, it was a nasty night last night, a bummer of a ride across the bridge, an extra bummer when it was raining even more on the way home! The venue was full but not sold out, makes me curious how many people stayed home because of it...
Victoria George opened the show, she was okay, a blonde Melissa Ethridge with a handful of sass for good measure. Not my thing but she didn't make my ears bleed and the mostly female crowd appreciated her ass kicking girl power theme.
Jackie came on just after 9 and the ladies down front were ready, it was a fun little group down front, Frogy PJ's, Lady Sinatra, The girl in the red and white dress (although she was masquerading as the girl in leopard print--and turns out she's a registered zoner!).
We were treated to a horn section last night, George Brooks on Sax and Rich Lead (that name might not be right though...) on Trumpet and Trombone. I like the horn section, saw it at the Santa Cruz show in July, it was just as good this time around. Jackie's mic configuration has changed since then though, He was missing the second mic which had a real fuzzy, distortion sort of effect. I'd say the show was less distorted in general, less dirty garage rock and more straight up blues, It was most obvious on Rusty Nail, which is usually pretty heavy on the distortion.
The horn section with Jackie on keys had a nice Dr. John, boogie woogie sorta sound, at one point I was expecting to hear 'Such a Night' but Jackie slowed it way down and turned it into 'Tell Me Mama, Tell Me Right'...real sloooow, I think I like the 'speedy' P&F version of that one better.
Jackie played all sorts of instruments last night harmonica, keys, organ, and at least 3 guitars an acoustic, that red ES semi-hollow body--that's my favorite!, and an SG. Feel like we saw a broader variety of intruments, bit more range, than we did with phil. The show was one set and an encore, 90 minutes or so...I like more show but it was nice to have an early night as well.
It was a relaxed night, no visible setlist. Early in the show, Jackie turned to the horns and asked if they were gonna play the next song, they didn't know, they had to wait and see. Of course they did play and it was good. They brought the jam element to the band, at one point George took a solo, not to be outdone the trumpet player took a solo too...caught jackie off guard, he was ready to go back into the verse, then the drummer got in on the jamming, it just went from there, we didn't hear that next verse for another four or five minutes
Nothing Comes From Nothing (ES)
Cell Block #9 (ES)
Don't Let the Devil Take Your Mind (Acoustic)
Closer to You (Acoustic>Organ>Keys>Organ>Keys)
Rusty Nail (ES)
Tell Me Mama, Tell Me Right (Keys/Organ)
So Hard to Find My Way (Keys/Organ)
Lord Mistreats Me (Keys/Organ)
Mexican Girl (SG)
Farewell, So Long, Goodbye (ES)
E: Cold Black Devil/14 Miles (SG) (with a high recognizable classic rock tease--damned if I could place though)
Sweet Somewhere Bound (acoustic) had to be restarted when Jackie blanked on the words to the 2nd verse, it was funny, he even asked the front row what the next line was, they could only come up with verse 3 though...
After the show Jackie came out and chatted, I got an album signed. The whole scene was pretty funny--the teenage girls were all too shy to talk to Jackie, one boy stepped up and outed them, telling Jackie 'These girls love you but they're too embarrassed to talk to you'. That was all the ice breaker they needed, after that they couldn't get their hands on him fast enough. It was cute. And I got confirmation that the scarf was received and has a good home now.
Good stuff as always Emily, can't wait til he bring his band out east again..
I dig the slower Tell Me Mama, fwiw
Nice Review Emily, I do like the horns with him also. Glad you made it home safe.
Nice review as always, Em! I shall send it on to my friend who had to unload four tickets - they were scored by another Zoner, Emily, did you see her? Thanks as always!
emily sets the standard for show reviews - thanks!
I saw quite a few zoners, Peter...you'd have to be more specific!
It's hard to pick one highlight when all my favorites are in the setlist, but the solo acoustic Sweet Somewhere Bound is definitely up there...beautiful song.
FWIW, the Denver show from 12/02 (no horns) is up on:
Current listed set list is blank except for "Sugaree" to open the second set. But "Tell Me Mama" closed the first set (I arrived late), and the second set had a really good "Mexican Girl", & "I'm So Gone", among others. The encore had a wicked "Cold Black Devil" with band and "Gone Wanderin'" with just Jackie solo, and another acoustic tune to end.
I'll try to put up the full set list after I get the torrent downloaded & listened to.
Fun show indeed. Great review, said everything i was thinking pretty much! I had a great time