Roots rocker Jackie Greene returning to North Tahoe for back-to-back shows
If you go
What: Jackie Greene acoustic set (Friday); the Jackie Greene Band (Saturday)
When: 9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Nov. 20-21
Where: Crystal Bay Club Crown Room
Tickets: $25 for both shows; limited tickets on hand for Friday’s seated show
CRYSTAL BAY, Nev. — Jackie Greene is no stranger to North Lake Tahoe.
Not only has the Americana-centric singer-songwriter made frequent stops at the Crystal Bay Casino for nearly a decade, the past five years Greene has helped the Tahoe-Truckee region ring in the New Year with a three-night residency at the North Shore club.
Greene may be ending that streak this year — he’s playing his hometown of Sacramento for New Year’s — but he’s still settling onto Tahoe once again before the curtain drops on 2015.
Greene will play this Friday and Saturday at the CBC’s Crown Room.
On Friday, Greene will saunter onto the Crown Room stage with only a guitar to play a solo acoustic show to a seated crowd.
On Saturday, Greene will ratchet up his sound, as the Jackie Greene Band will plug in for a standing room only set.
“He’s just a really talented singer-songwriter — we normally sell out his shows,” CBC General Manager Bill Wood said. “In his earlier days, a lot of people compared his style to Bob Dylan, but now he’s got a more Grateful Dead-type inflection, I would say.”
Which shouldn’t come as a surprise to fans of Greene or the Grateful Dead. The roots-and-blues rocker is a member of two Grateful Dead offshoots, contributing lead guitar and vocals to Dead bassist Phil Lesh’s ensemble Phil Lesh & Friends; and touring with Dead’s Bob Weir and Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson as the acoustic trio WRG.
And that’s just the beginning of the 34-year-old’s expansive resumé as a hired hand. Greene was recruited to the reunited Black Crowes as their lead guitarist for the Crowes’ worldwide tour in 2013.
A year later, Greene and Crowes drummer Steve Gorman joined forces with Joan Osborne to form Trigger Hippy.
Not to mention, Greene has already pumped out seven studio albums as a solo artist. His latest effort, “Back to Birth,” came out in August on Yep Roc Records.
In an interview with Glide Magazine, Greene said that the album — his first in five years — is one of the best records he’s ever done.
“It’s similar to the kind of rootsier music that I started with, but it’s much more mature at the same time,” Greene told Glide Magazine. “I guess I was nervous because it had been so long, but I have been busy for the last five years too. I wasn’t nervous that much, but initially it was like, ‘Gosh, I hate what I’ve done here.’”
According to a review by American Songwriter magazine, Greene’s “Back to Birth” doesn’t disappoint.
“It displays Greene’s sweet, boyish vocals and his ability to craft easy to digest songs boasting flowing melodies and introspective, never obtuse lyrics,” the review said. “Despite his obvious multi-instrumental talents (on guitar, keyboards, and even drums), Greene determinedly shows his songwriting and vocal chops.”
Read more about Jackie Greene at jackiegreene.com.