Classic rock legend Jackson Browne is performing at the Interlochen Center for the Arts on June 28. The famous singer-songwriter still performs like he’s at the heyday of his career, having just released an album of new material last year. Browne will be playing his classics and recent compositions in an Interlochen event you won’t want to miss.
MyNorth Media entertainment writer Ross Boissoneau gives a rundown on this new Northern Michigan music event.
Veteran troubadour Jackson Browne, one of the architects of the mellow California sound of the 70s
How He Got His Start
Browne began playing guitar and writing songs as a teen, singing at local folk clubs. Early in 1966, he joined the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, whom he had met through the L.A. folk circuit. While he was only with the band for a few months, the group recorded a handful of his songs on its first two records.
He played in Tim Buckley’s backing band and worked with former Velvet Underground singer Nico, who recorded three of his songs on her Chelsea Girl album; Linda Ronstadt and the Byrds also recorded his songs.
His eponymous debut album, released in January 1972, featured the hit single “Doctor My Eyes.” Shortly thereafter, “Take It Easy,” written by Browne and Glenn Frey, became The Eagles’ breakthrough hit.
Laid-back California pop rock; later, more strident political statements infused the music.
Influences and Inspirations
Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel, Tom Rush, the Lovin’ Spoonful
The title track to 1977’s Running on Empty became another hit, as did “Somebody’s Baby,” from the soundtrack of Fast Times at Ridgemont High, climbing to number seven on the U.S. charts. At the same time, Browne became more politically oriented, supporting a number of liberal causes.
Soon after the Three Mile Island nuclear accident in March 1979, Browne joined with several musician friends to found the antinuclear organization Musicians United for Safe Energy (MUSE), and appeared as part of the No Nukes lineup. His 1986 album, Lives in the Balance, was an explicit condemnation of U.S. policy in Central America.
Hits kept coming as well: his 1983 disc Lawyers in Love climbed the charts, buoyed by the success of the title track, “Tender Is the Night,” and “For a Rocker.”
In 2004, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and given an Honorary Doctorate of Music by Occidental College in Los Angeles.
“Complex both emotionally and musically, Standing in the Breach is one of the most viscerally present albums in his storied career. Anyone of his vintage, of course, could perhaps be forgiven for looking backward. Browne is instead pushing himself ever forward—aware of the past, willing to reshape it and to build upon it, but ever forward.” – Something Else! Reviews on Browne’s most recent recording
“When it came to my own songs, it was like, I always sort of avoided situations where I didn’t have control.” – Jackson Browne to The Nation on why he never joined a band
Kresge Auditorium, Interlochen Center for the Arts
Date & Time
Tuesday, June 28 at 8 p.m.
Tickets start at $43.50. Go to Tickets.Interlochen.org
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