Roots / American singer-songwriter Jackie Greene is known as a musician’s musician, having played with a ton of people over the years, including as a member of the last iteration of Black Crowes and with Joan Osborne in Trigger Hippy. His latest album, Back to Birth (2015, Yep Roc), was produced by Los Lobos member Steve Berlin, and will appeal to Black Crowes fans or anyone who enjoys dense, guitar-infused American Trad rock.
We sent Greene the ol’ Ten Questions and here’s what he had to say:
1. What is your favorite album?
Jackie Greene: Exile On Main Street
2. What is your least favorite song?
3. What do you enjoy most about being in a band?
Spooning the merch girl.
4. What do you hate about being in a band?
Spooning the bass player.
5. What is your favorite substance (legal or illegal)?
6. In what city or town do you love to perform?
Osaka, Japan. A distant second would be Perth.
7. What city or town did you have your worst gig (and why)?
Somewhere in rural South Dakota. It was winter and the gear froze.
8. How do you pay your bills?
9. What one profession other than music would you like to attempt; what one profession would you absolutely hate to do?
Someday, I’d like to open my own typewriter repair shop. We’d only service post-war American-made machines. We’d have limited hours. I probably wouldn’t like to do anything involving a nail salon.
10. What are the stories you’ve heard about Omaha, Nebraska?
I have a friend from Omaha. I’ve heard lots of stories. Most of them good.
Jackie Greene plays with The Cordovas Tuesday, Sept. 27, at Slowdown Jr., 729 No. 14th St. Tickets are $18 Adv./$20 DOS. Showtime is 8 p.m. For more information, go to theslowdown.com