Phoebe Bridgers shares melancholic “Christmas Song” cover featuring Jackson Browne

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Last year, Phoebe Bridgers shared a harrowing cover of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.” Continuing the tradition, the singer has released a cover of “Christmas Song” by Omaha country act McCarthy Trenching. The cover features backing vocals by folk icon Jackson Browne, who Bridgers met after playing the song live for the first time at a show in L.A. Continue reading →


Philadelphia’s Hello Shark releases the introspective new “Jackson Browne”


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Hello Shark | photo by Abi Reimold

Philadelphia’s Hello Shark released his single, “Jackson Browne,” a song that will be featured on his upcoming album Delicate. The song, which we got wind up from our friends at The Deli, is riddled with introspection and longing, and fittingly enough, the lyrics repeated most frequently throughout are “Baby, I’m delicate,” a nod to the forthcoming album title. The track itself is carried along by a consistently slow tempo with smatterings of acoustic guitar, piano notes, and gentle percussions. The full length album will be available on September 30, and the band performs at Clark Park on October 5th. Information on the show can be found here. Continue reading →


#TBTXPN: Watch Jackson Browne perform five of his classics from the Philly Folk Festival

Jackson Browne in 1970

Today is #ThrowbackThursday on WXPN- #TBTXPN. Every Thursday in June, July, and August, XPN will travel back to a special year, a genre, or musical movement. Today WXPN is putting the spotlight on the singer-songwriter movement from the 70s. Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Nick Drake, Carole King, James Taylor, Kris Kristofferson, and many more troubadours of the decade will be featured. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Purity Ring at Union Transfer, Jackson Browne at American Music Theater, Lord Huron at The Fillmore


Purity Ring | Photo by Renata Raksha | courtesy of the artist
Purity Ring | Photo by Renata Raksha | courtesy of the artist

Canadian electro-pop duo Purity Ring released their sophomore album Another Eternity last year, and their tour to support the record continues at Union Transfer tonight. Opening the show will be Braids and Born Gold. For tickets and more information, check out the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →


Drake covered Jackson Browne’s “These Days.” No, we’re actually serious.

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Well those are two names I never expected to type back-to-back in a headline, but this is the world we live in now. Drake, the viral hitmaker / cell phone spokesperson / actor, has gone and covered one of the most covered songs of all time: “These Days,” written by Jackson Browne in the mid 60s and popularized by Nico when it appeared on her 1967 album Chelsea Girl.

Hers was the first officially recorded version of it, though Browne had been performing the song for a few years previous, and it appeared on his 1973 album For Everyman. The Nico version went on to be famously featured in Wes Anderson’s The Royal Tenenbaums and “These Days” in general was recorded and / or performed by 10,000 Maniacs, Elliott Smith, Fountains of Wayne, Mates of State, Paul Westerberg, Denison Witmer, The Tallest Man on Earth, and now Drizzy. Continue reading →


Jackson Browne and his band playing Academy of Music in October

Photo by RB/Redferns
Photo by RB/Redferns

Jackson Browne is playing the Academy of Music on Friday, October 10th. Tickets go on sale this Friday, July 18th at 10AM. He’ll be playing with his longtime band members Val McCallum (guitar), Mauricio Lewak (Drums), Jeff Young (keyboards) and Bob Glaub (bass), along with multi-instrumentalist Greg Leisz (guitar, lap steel, pedal steel). The legendary singer-songwriter has also announced his new studio album, Standing In The Breach, October 7th. Go here for tickets and more information.

Below, watch a performance of “For A Dance” featuring Jackson with David Lindley.


Download Free Energy’s cover of Jackson Browne’s “Somebody’s Baby”

Somebody's_BabyHere’s a cover we totally approve of. Below, download Free Energy’s cover of “Somebody’s Baby” by Jackson Browne. It’s a pretty straight forward reading of the song, but as good a song as it is – and in the hands of Free Energy – they totally nail it. Originally on the Fast Times at Ridgemont High soundtrack in 1982, it was Browne’s highest charting single of his career and his last too ten song, reaching #7 on the Billboard charts. Nothing says great song like a tasty pop hook and some nice 80’s production. Download the song below, and check out a performance of the song by Jackson.


Listen to Sweet Relief III: Pennies From Heaven (featuring Jackson Browne, Ben Harper, Josepth Arthur, She & Him and others)

sweetrelief On the heels of the 20th anniversary of the first release, Sweet Relief: A Benefit for Victoria Williams comes Sweet Relief III: Pennies From Heaven on Vanguard Records. The last edition in the series since was Sweet Relief II: Gravity of the Situation, a collection dedicated to Vic Chestnutt, in 1996. SWIII: Pennies from Heaven features 13 new recordings of songs by an all-star cast that includes Ben Harper, Jackson Browne, Shelby Lynne, Victoria Williams, She & Him, Eleni Mandell, Ron Sexsmith, k.d. lang, Rickie Lee Jones, Joseph Arthur and more. The cover art is by pop art legend Peter Max.

Sweet Relief is a non-profit charity that maintains a fund that professional musicians can draw from when in need of medical care or financial needs. It started after musician and singer Victoria Williams was diagnosed with MS in 1993 and had no way to pay for her medical expenses. Sweet Relief III: Pennies From Heaven is an excellent collection of covers. Some of the highlights include Ron Sexsmith’s gorgeous take on the title song, Joseph Arthur’s reading of “If I Needed You,” Ben Harper’s cover of Van Morrison’s “Crazy Love,” and “Don’t Let Us Be Sick” by Jackson Browne. Working on the project, Brown said:

“Musicians are always among the first to give their energy and talent to help other people in times of emergency, though they are very often without health insurance themselves, and need our support when they fall prey to illness and hardship. Sweet Relief has been helping musicians for years, and has helped some whom I am very much indebted to for enriching my life. I am very happy to take part in this CD project, and for the chance to support Sweet Relief’s very soulful work.”

Stream Sweet Relief III in its entirety and watch a couple videos from the recording sessions below.

Purchase Sweet Relief III: Pennies From Heaven here.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mornin’ Old Sport, Jackson Browne; Rufus Wainwright postponed

If you missed out on scoring tickets to the now sold out Frank Ocean show at Union Transfer, fear not; there are myriad opportunities for you to get your music fix tonight.

Let’s start with Boston country/jazz-types Mornin’ Old Sport, who’ll be shacking up at PhilaMOCA along with a whole slew of good-time folky songsters. Also playing are local acts Liz & the Lost Boys, On the Water, and Joshua Alvarez. Admission is on a $7-10 sliding scale; show starts at 8. Listen to “Katie” from Mornin’ Old Sport’s forthcoming album below.

Singer-songwriter extraordinaire Jackson Browne will be plucking strings and crooning verses at the Academy of Music. Opening up the show is folk-and-fiddle hero Sara Watkins, whose latest album Sun Midnight Sun came out earlier this summer. Tickets are available here starting at $40. Stream “When It Pleases You”– from Sara Watkins’ latest album — below.

Rufus Wainwright and singer-songwriter Josh Ritter were scheduled to appear at the Festival Pier tonight. The show has been postponed, and a new date will be announced soon. Wainwright is touring to promote his latest album, Out Of The Game, out on Decca. Below, watch the video for the title track from Wrainwright’s Out Of The Game, featuring actress Helena Bonham Carter.