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.


My Morning Download: “Love Minus Zero/No Limit” by Jackson Browne

Chimes Of Freedom: The Songs Of Bob Dylan is a fantastic four disc, 76 song collection of Dylan covers honoring 50 years of Amnesty International and celebrating the work of Dylan. More than eighty artists contribute their versions of Dylan classics and lesser known songs including “All Along The Watchtower” by the Dave Matthews Band, “You’re A Big Girl Now,” by My Morning Jacket, Sting’s cover of “Girl From The North Country,” “Like A Rolling Stone,” a collaboration between Jeff Beck and Seal and “Corrina Corrina” by Pete Townshend (see video below). Below, download “Love Minus Zero/No Limit” by Jackson Browne compliments of Amnesty International.


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