October 18, 2010
It was a very low key night at The Bluebird in Bloomington, Indiana on Monday, October 18th when Jackie Greene hit the stage a little later than scheduled to play for an audience of maybe fifty very lucky people.
A singer-songwriter and musician, the admiration shown for Greene from his peers is nothing short of awe inspiring. Rising to the national stage when touring with Phil Lesh and Friends beginning in 2007, Greene has since shared the stage with legends of his fare including Bob Weir, B.B. King, and Buddy Guy amongst others. These seasoned vets have no doubt had an effect on the young musician and so his music provides reflection and testament to this.
Opening the night with a few tunes including the title track to his latest studio release, Till the Light Comes, Greene and his accompanying band laid a foundation that was as musically inspired by the blues as it was lyrically aroused. Shortly into the first set, Jackie announced that "it would be a low key night and he would be taking requests." The small crowd was overjoyed and starting calling out every Grateful Dead song imaginable. It truly is quite the treat to see Greene do these covers as his play and voice seems to come from a place of deep leaning respect. Perhaps the highlight of the evening, "Scarlet Begonias," tickled the crowd and frivolous perma-grins shone on the faces throughout the small club.
Later in the evening, Greene gave the Hoosier crowd a taste of his acoustic side, including a demonstration of his impeccable slide play – something that he has done on the majority of his tour stops. The crowd remained a small but beaming crowd for the duration of the night, making for a relaxing and perfect way to close the books on the first night of the work week.
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