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Jackson Browne

Jackson Browne

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Jackson Browne has written and performed some of the most literate and moving songs in popular music and has defined a genre of songwriting charged with honesty, emotion and personal politics. He's been honored with inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriter's Hall of Fame.

Browne’s latest release, 2008’s Time The Conqueror is his first set of new material in six years. Accompanying Browne is his band of fifteen years: Kevin McCormick (bass), Mark Goldenberg (guitars), Mauricio Lewak (drums) and Jeff Young (keyboards, backing vocals). On Time The Conqueror, they’re joined by new members Chavonne Morris and Alethea Mills.

This lineup brings its natural chemistry and collaborative energy to Time The Conqueror, which was produced by Browne and Paul Dieter, and is the 13th studio album of Browne's career.

Jackson Browne, his debut album, came out in 1972. The now-classic LP introduced ten original songs, including "Rock Me On The Water" and "Jamaica Say You Will," featuring David Crosby on harmony vocals. Crosby and Graham Nash sang on "Doctor My Eyes," the album's first single, which became a #8 hit on Billboard's pop singles chart.

Browne's 1973 follow-up, For Everyman, included "These Days" and "Take It Easy," co-written with Glenn Frey (it had been The Eagles' debut single and breakthrough hit the year before). 1974's Late for The Sky - cited by Rolling Stone that year as one of the "100 Best Albums," again in 1997 as one of the "200 Essential Rock Collection Albums" and in 2003 as one of the "500 Greatest Albums Of All Time" - was Browne's masterpiece of lyrical introspection. 1976's The Pretender also made Rolling Stone's list of the "500 Greatest Albums Of All Time," and was Browne's first to chart in Billboard's Top 10, peaking at #5. On the heels of that success came what stands as Jackson's top-selling album, 1977's 7X platinum, life-on-the-road concept opus, Running On Empty.

Browne's next project was the all-star series of concerts organized by Bonnie Raitt, Graham Nash, John Hall and Jackson in 1979 to benefit MUSE (Musicians United for Safe Energy). In addition to serving on the board of MUSE, Jackson helped edit and compile 1980's 3-LP live album from those shows. The album, which includes Jackson's "Before The Deluge," climbed to #23 on Billboard's pop chart, a major feat for a triple album.

Jackson's studio discography continued with 1980's Hold Out, a #1 album, featuring the hits "Boulevard" and "That Girl Could Sing." In 1982, Browne scored a #7 hit with the single "Somebody's Baby," from the Soundtrack for Fast Times at Ridgemont High. 1983's Lawyers In Love also delivered several popular singles, including "Tender Is The Night" and "For A Rocker."

In 1986, Jackson continued to develop his social focus with Lives in the Balance. This topical disc was included in Rolling Stone's 1986 list of 'Best 100 Albums,' and again in their 1990 special issue of '100 Greatest Albums of the 1980s.'

I’m Alive evidenced a striking return to the personal and romantic subject matter that characterized Jackson's earlier work. Released in 1993, and widely considered a career highlight, the disc found Jackson revisiting matters of the heart and soul on tracks including "My Problem Is You" and "Sky Blue and Black." On 1996's Looking East, he addresses various aspects of personal growth and social struggle, and their interconnectedness in the world around him. 2002 marked the release of The Naked Ride Home, Jackson's first suite of all new songs since 1996.

As influential and enduring as his music is Browne's legacy as an advocate for social and environmental justice. In 2007, he received the Chapin-World Hunger Year Harry Chapin Humanitarian Award. In 2004, Jackson was named an honorary Doctorate of Music by Occidental College in Los Angeles, for "a remarkable musical career that has successfully combined an intensely personal artistry with a broader vision of social justice." In 2002, he was the fourth recipient of the John Steinbeck Award, given to artists whose works exemplify the environmental and social values that were essential to the great California-born author.

This concert premieres on PBS June 18, 2009
(check local listings)

Rock’s poet laureate Jackson Browne delivers a remarkable performance featuring tracks from his latest recording, Time the Conqueror, as well as hits from his previous 11 studio albums. For more than three decades, Browne has set the standard for singer/songwriters, consistently producing heartfelt, personal lyrics while weaving-in a level of social consciousness which personifies his music. His performance on Soundstage exemplifies this reputation. Browne shines on recent tracks “Time the Conqueror” and “Live Nude Cabaret,” but also nails hits from his earlier repertoire like “Doctor My Eyes” and “Boulevard.”