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Payin' Dues: Jackie Greene

The Californian bluesman on working with The Black Crowes and Levon Helm

Jackie Greene may have been missing from solo action over the past five years, but he’s still been busy playing lead guitar with a reunited Black Crowes and, until recently, helming Trigger Hippy, an acoustic group with Joan Osborne, Steve Gorman, Nick Govrik and Guthrie Trapp. It’s as a frontman, though, that he performs best: Back To Birth was recorded at Portland’s Supernatural Sound with producer Steve Berlin. “You’d have seen about 30 guitars lying around and me screwing with the piano for hours,” he says.


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