The Return of Jackie Greene

The most recent online version of  Sactown Magazine contains a well-deserved piece on Sacramento open mic success story Jackie Greene, who recently moved back to the Sacramento area (Orangevale, to be more specific) after spending ten years on the road.  The article fills in the who, what, when, and where of Jackie’s music career in the intervening 10 years.  Synopsis:  another local boy makes good.

Greene got his start at Fox & Goose’s open mic about 20 years ago and quickly caught the attention of the Sacramento Blues Society, among many others. Today he has his own personal entry in Wikipedia. The first two paragraphs tell a story which describes a tried-and-true approach to clawing your way up the musical career ladder.  There are few true “overnight sensations”.  Most of the people who’ve made it did it the old-fashioned way:  through hard work, determination, and never giving up. Jackie Greene was one of those.

Here’s the lead-in to the full Wiki story:

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.

Greene was born Chris Nelson in Salinas, California. He grew up in Cameron Park near Sacramento, 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, he moved to Sacramento and got his start by playing at local establishments like Fox & Goose 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.

So 20 years after being “discovered” at Fox & Goose, and after ten years of touring the world and playing with world-class musicians, Sactown Magazine’s Oct-Nov. 2018 issue could be considered a kind of “Welcome Home” to Jackie Greene, who has relocated to the west coast, and specifically in Sacramento County.  Entering “Jackie Greene” in the Sactown Magazine’s search box will reveal several other articles in which he is a subject.

YouTube-based live performances and interviews:

The only question you ask yourself is… What do you love to do?  — Jackie Green

On behalf of your local fans, Jackie, welcome back.

Kurt Michaels

Kurt Michaels [email: kurtmichaelskeys@att.net] is a resident of downtown Sacramento and enjoys spending most Tuesday nights hanging with the regulars at Kupro's open mic music scene, co-hosted by Marty Taters and Lare Crawley.

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