Jackie Greene

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Jackie Greene
Jackie Greene 2016-02-23, The Hall at MP, Brooklyn NY.JPG
Jackie on February 23, 2016 in Brooklyn NY
Background information
Born (1980-11-27) November 27, 1980 (age 38)
Salinas, California United States
GenresAmericana, roots rock, blues
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, musician
InstrumentsGuitar, piano, keyboards, harmonica, mandolin, banjo, drums
Years active2002–present
LabelsDig Music, Verve Forecast, 429
Associated actsPhil Lesh & Friends
Black Crowes
Trigger Hippy

Jackie Greene (born November 27, 1980) is an American singer-songwriter and musician. He has a solo career and was a member of the final lineup of the Black Crowes, who disbanded in January 2015.

Early life[edit]

Greene was born Chris Nelson [1][2] in Salinas, California. He grew up in Cameron Park near Sacramento[3], where he developed an interest in music at an early age, starting with the piano. At 14, he began to play guitar and within a short time, was able to sit in with local bar bands. As he got older, he began composing his own songs. After he graduated from Oak Ridge High School in El Dorado Hills [4], he moved to Sacramento and got his start by playing at local establishments like Fox & Goose [5]and The Blue Lamp. He recorded in a makeshift garage studio, burning his own CDs and selling them everywhere he could. Using the money he saved, Greene was eventually able to record and release his first full-length album, Rusty Nails, on his own.


In late 2002, Greene released his first album with DIG, Gone Wanderin', which won the California Music Award for the Best Blues/Roots Album in 2003 and remained on the national Americana charts for over a year. In 2004, Greene released his third album, Sweet Somewhere Bound, and began receiving radio play for singles like "Honey I Been Thinking About You".

Greene has toured nationally with Gov't Mule, Los Lobos, Mark Knopfler, B.B. King, Phil Lesh, Ratdog, Huey Lewis, Susan Tedeschi, Taj Mahal, and Buddy Guy, and has played major U.S. festivals, including All Good, Gathering of the Vibes, Mountain Jam, Grateful Garcia Gathering, Newport Jazz, Newport Folk, South by Southwest, Wakarusa, Winnipeg Folk, Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, and Rothbury. He has performed with Levon Helm at several Midnight Rambles.

In early 2005, he signed with Verve Forecast. Sweet Somewhere Bound was reissued that year, followed by a new release, American Myth, in March 2006.[6] The following year, Greene joined Phil Lesh and Friends, the Grateful Dead bassist's ensemble dedicated to the interpretation of the Dead's extensive song book. Other members of the band at the time included John Molo, Larry Campbell and Steve Molitz. Also in 2005 his song "I Will Never Let You Go" was used in the score for the movie Brokeback Mountain, winning the Academy Award in 2005 for Best Original Score, and which was also released on the Verve label.

In 2007, his cover of "Look Out Cleveland" was included on the tribute album Endless Highway: The Music of The Band.

Meanwhile, Greene continued to pursue solo efforts, releasing Giving Up the Ghost on 429 Records in April 2008, and made his second visit to Late Night with Conan O'Brien in June 2008, performing "Like A Ball & Chain". Another song from the album, "I Don't Live in a Dream", was featured on episodes of the NBC television series Life in November 2008 and ABC's Private Practice in March 2009.

In October through November 2009, Jackie Greene played a series of shows with Gov't Mule, culminating at the end of the tour on Halloween at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, PA, during which Jackie played and sang through an entire set of Rolling Stones songs with Gov't Mule.[7]

The Jackie Greene Band currently features Nathan Dale on guitar, Jon Cornell on bass, and Fitz Harris on drums. Past members included Jeremy Plog, Steve Taylor, Zack Bowden, Henderson Phillips, Matt McCord, Bruce Spencer, Ben Lefever and Nick Swimley.

Greene was a member of Trigger Hippy.

In the Spring of 2012 Greene, Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead and Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes embarked on an acoustic tour. They called themselves the Weir, Robinson, Greene trio, or WRG for short.

In spring 2013, Greene joined the Black Crowes as lead guitarist, replacing Luther Dickinson, for the band's Lay Down With Number 13 world tour.[8]

Recently, Greene was featured in World Gone Mad, the new album from the Weight Band, on a Jerry Garcia cover.[9]



  1. ^ California Copywrite OfficeGone wanderin' Type of Work:Musical work Registration Number / Date:PAu002711637 / 2002-09-02 Date of Creation:2002 Title:Gone wanderin'. Description:Compact disc. Copyright Claimant:Chris Nelson, 1980- (Jackie Greene, pseud.) Notes:Words & music (collection) Names:pseud. Jackie Greene (1 documents) example document: Jackie Greene Chris Nelson 1980-
  2. ^ Oakridge High School Yearbook 1997
  3. ^ Lee, Elyssa. "Musician Jackie Greene". Sactown. Metropolis Publishing. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  4. ^ Lee, Elyssa. "Musician Jackie Greene". Sactown. Metropolis Publishing. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  5. ^ Cummins, Tori Masucci. "Jackie Greene releases new music video, hints at moving back to Sacramento". Sactown. Metropolis Publishing. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  6. ^ Torreano, Bradley. "Biography: Jackie Greene". AMG. Retrieved 16 May 2010.
  7. ^ "From the Road". Mule.net. Archived from the original on 2012-08-23. Retrieved 2012-08-09.
  8. ^ "Jackie Greene to Play With The Black Crowes". Relix Magazine. 2012-12-16.
  9. ^ https://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwmusic/article/The-Weight-Band-Debuts-Original-Studio-LP-World-Gone-Mad-20180124
  10. ^ Greene, Jackie. "Small Tempest". Recording.

External links[edit]

Media related to Jackie Greene at Wikimedia Commons