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 (2004) and the Songwriter's Hall of Fame (2007).
His latest release, 2010’s Love Is Strange, (Inside Recordings, released May 11, 2010) produced by Jackson Browne and Paul Dieter, features longtime friend and musical co-conspirator David Lindley. The 2-CD live album—on Browne’s own label, Inside Recordings—presents highlights from a tour of Spain that he and Lindley did in 2006, playing grand concert halls, rock venues, and intimate clubs alike.
Performances are “En Vivo con Tino,” live with celebrated Spanish percussionist Tino di Geraldo, and other guest players from Spain. The track-list spotlights songs from throughout Browne’s career including “I’m Alive,” “Take It Easy,” “For Everyman,” and “Running On Empty.” Also featured is stringed-instrument virtuoso Lindley’s best-known song, “El Rayo-X” (from the acclaimed 1983 Browne-produced LP of that name).
In liner notes for Love Is Strange, Jackson Browne writes of the charmed tour it captures, “It was a flash, as we sometimes used to say in California. A flash in time that went by so effortlessly, and with such pleasure, that I must ask myself if it really happened. But here it is—a CD of some recorded moments, or perhaps a bridge, or a small door, between a life lived mostly in America and time spent with some really good friends in Spain.”
Browne’s latest release is 2008’s Time The Conqueror. Accompanying Browne is his band of fifteen years: Kevin McCormick (bass), Mark Goldenberg (guitars), Mauricio Lewak (drums) and Jeff Young (keyboards, backing vocals). They have been with him since 1993’s I'm Alive, playing on Looking East ('96) and The Naked Ride Home ('02).
This release follows up his 2008 studio album Time The Conqueror, also produced by Browne and Paul Dieter. Introducing ten original songs including “Off Of Wonderland,” “Just Say Yeah,” “The Drums Of War,” and “Going Down To Cuba,” the album features Browne accompanied by his longtime band: Kevin McCormick (bass), Mark Goldenberg (guitars), Mauricio Lewak (drums), Jeff Young (keyboards, backing vocals), and newest members, Chavonne Stewart and Alethea Mills, vocalists he met (as a mentor) in 2001 when they were attending Washington Preparatory High School in South Los Angeles, singing in the school choir.
Previously, Browne released two live albums recorded at dates on solo acoustic tours in the U.S., the U.K. and Australia. The GRAMMY®-nominated Jackson Browne - Solo Acoustic, Vol. 1 ('05) and Jackson Browne - Solo Acoustic, Vol. 2 ('08), both on Inside Recordings, feature Browne alternately on piano and guitar, performing a career spanning selection of songs. Both volumes also capture lively exchanges between Jackson and his fans. In his four-star review of Vol. 2 for Rolling Stone, Anthony DeCurtis wrote, "This is Browne at his best, engaging his audience, his own experiences and the world around him, all in songs that will not lose their resonance any time soon."