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Discussing the imminent release of Giving Up the Ghost, his fifth album and first on 429 Records, Jackie Greene – singer and songwriter, guitarist and keyboard player, acoustic solo artist and electrifying band leader – hesitates to spell things out too much.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 14, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Verve Forecast
  • ASIN: B000E6EHKE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,504 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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From the swamp-like feel of the anthemic opener 'Hollywood', to the pop lyricism of 'So Hard to Find My Way', the churning rock of the first single, 'I'm So Gone' and the haunting acoustic beauty of 'Love Song; 2 AM', Jackie Greene firmly establishes his position as one of the most versatile singer/songwriters in music today. Produced by Steve Berlin (of Los Lobos) featuring Davey Faragher and Pete Thomas (of Elvis Costello's band The Impostors), guitarist Val McCallum and a horn section, American Myth brilliantly captures every facet of this multi-talented artist. Verve. 2006.

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This young Californian has apparently suffered from a case of mistaken artistic identity in his attempts to forge his own. The blazing guitar chops on this album's "Cold Black Devil/14 Miles" show why some consider him among the most promising of a new generation of bluesslingers, yet much of the material makes him sound more like a young Bob Dylan than the next Stevie Ray Vaughan. Though Dylan comparisons rarely do a developing artist any favors, it's hard to avoid them with the majestic, 10-minute build of "Supersede." Elsewhere, the horn arrangements of "So Hard to Find My Way" and "Close to You" evoke Van Morrison's California days, while the riffing of "Farewell, So Long, Goodbye" rocks like the Rolling Stones. Much of the rest is acoustic balladry that finds Greene achieving a musical intimacy that resists easy comparisons. A multi-instrumentalist featured on organ and piano as well as a variety of guitars, Greene benefits from the musical support of bassist Davey Faragher (Cracker) and drummer Pete Thomas (Elvis Costello's Attractions) and empathic production by Steve Berlin (Los Lobos). As a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, he's more than the sum of his very good influences. --Don McLeese

Customer Reviews

His songwriting is that good.
Marc H. Stevens
I only hope Greene finds a large enough audience that recognizes quality when they hear it, so we can continue to enjoy the evolution of a truly rare talent.
Richard Vance
Honestly, I can't imagine where the guy comes up with this stuff.
B. D. Williams

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By B. D. Williams on June 30, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I'd like to preface this review by saying that I've been playing music for about twenty years and I own about a thousand CDs. And up to this point in my life I've written exactly one other CD review. That's how strongly I felt about this artist and this record.

Just when I was getting ready to lose faith in American music, along comes a Jackie Greene in the nick of time. The late Duane Allman once said "you can never sound exactly like someone else, so you might as well not try." What he was saying is that while it is necessary to learn from and copy others to learn how to play, write and sing, ultimately it will be an artist's responsibility to create their own sound lest they fade into obscurity. Jackie Greene has done that so well that I stand in awe. Throughout this album you will hear echoes of dozens of great R&B, country, blues, rock, pop and soul artists from the past, however, the sound is Jackie Greene throughout. I was amused by the Amazon review that states "This young Californian has apparently suffered from a case of mistaken artistic identity in his attempts to forge his own" as if someone said "Jackie Greene, in this life thou shalt be a blues player." That notion is absurd. An artist with the talent of Jackie Greene would never be content with that. He is gifted enough to explore songwriting, melody and harmony far beyond the stretches of a single genre. This is music that makes you glad you are alive; music that will find you driving down the road and make you think of life in a way you haven't thought of before. Perhaps most importantly, this is decidedly American music: A wake up call in a time where our homogenous, wal-mart, Clear Channel culture is destroying us from the inside out.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Marc H. Stevens on July 4, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Like another reviewer, I've been an amateur player a long time (40 years), although I've never written a review before.

I went to an Elvis Costello (with Allen Toussaint) concert last night at the Montreal Jazz Festival, and didn't even know there was an opening act. I believe that he was actually introduced as "Jimmy Green". I'd never heard of him, and out strolls this kid who looks 18 years old. I prepare to sleep for half an hour.

WRONG!!! This kid has serious talent. The first thing that goes through my mind is: a young Bob Dylan (but with a voice). His songwriting is that good. Then, after a couple of songs, I'm thinking: a young Bruce Springsteen, because he works so hard at weaving many influences and styles into his music. Finally, after a couple of (all-too-brief) turns on the B3, it's: a young Steve Winwood, because he's just so smooth and soulful.

Later on (the next morning), after researching this kid on the 'net, I find out that he's got about 4 albums out already, and I've never heard of him! Maybe that's what comes from living in Canada. Anyway, I also realized that you can't pigeon-hole a budding musical genius like Jackie Greene. Just listen to him, and revel in his musicianship. I'm going to run out and buy American Myth today!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By D. L. Rathgeb on March 17, 2006
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I've been following Jackie Greene for about three years now, watched and listened as he played Sacramento clubs, bought each album he made and wore it out. There's always the possibility that an artist will stay too long in a certain style and become dull and predictable, but then again, if that artist strays too far from where he started, he might lose his fan base. This album is proof that neither is going to happen to Jackie Greene. American Myth is the best Jackie Greene recording I have ever heard, and that, to me, anyway, is saying something. This album rocks you, seduces you, challenges you to meet it at its own level. The musicianship, as always, is superb, and Greene's songwriting skills make for some of the most intelligent and thought-provoking lyrics you are likely to hear. I have so many favorites that it's ridiculous to list them. Not one dull song, no disappointments anywhere. Just the joy of listening to a performer who is pretty much standing alone among his contemporaries. And he's standing on very high ground.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 23, 2006
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No doubt about it. I saw that this guy was playing with two bands that I love (Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, and BoDeans) this summer, so I figured I'd buy his album and I was blown away. I bought "gone wanderin' and this American Myth, and right away loved ALL songs on both. That just doesn't happen that often, so I instantly bought his other two cd's and his DVD. And then I saw him live and was even more impressed. He can rock out, he can play soft, he can do it all. Can't wait to see him at summerfest in a week. He's also taper friendly, which is huge. I love live, and Jackie Greene and his band live were awesome. I wish I could travel more to see some shows! Anyway, buy this. You won't regret it
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By MilesColtrane on March 18, 2006
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as a longtime fan of jackie i was really looking forward to this and it does not disappoint at all - in fact quite the opposite. it is really wild to me how good this kid is as a songwriter and musician.....unlike some others who'd like to freeze him in timei have been hoping for him to have an album that more reflects his live shows (his band is a reall rock & roll thang) and this is it . . . put it in, crank it up, rinse & repeat
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