with David Luning
with David Luning
|Price:||$18 Advance GA / $22 Day of Show GA|
Genre: Americana, Roots Rock
ALL AGES: 18+ w/ valid photo ID, under 18 must be accompanied by parent or guardian.
“We live in such a fast-paced, hectic environment, I wanted to make a record that would invite people to step back and take their time to listen,” Jackie Greene says of Back to Birth, his first album in five years. “I wanted to make a record that would reward people who are willing to sit down and give it a couple of serious listens.”
Back to Birth – Greene’s seventh album and his Yep Roc Records debut – is more than worthy of some serious attention. The 11-song set showcases the multitalented artist’s uncanny knack for synthesizing his deep affinity for American roots styles into timeless, personally-charged music. Armed with a persuasive voice, a vivid songwriting skill and an instinctive mastery of several instruments, Greene has carved out a unique musical niche, and the album marks another creative landmark in his already compelling body of work.
Produced by Los Lobos member and frequent Greene collaborator Steve Berlin, Back to Birth underlines Greene’s remarkable evolution as a performer and writer. With such new compositions as “Silver Lining,” “Trust Somebody,” “Now I Can See For Miles,” and the stirring title track, the artist’s distinctive melodic sensibility is matched with thoughtful, introspective lyrics that confront some profound philosophical issues with plainspoken eloquence.
“Musically, this album is kind of a return to the simplicity of the records that I started with, although I feel like I have a much better idea of what I’m doing now,” Greene observes. “I think the lyrics are the part that have really evolved. A lot of these songs explore the notion of a cyclical existence, and the sense that life goes in a circle. I want the songs to come from a place that’s meaningful to me, but I also want to keep them as simple and direct as I can. I look at old blues songs, or Hank Williams songs, and they’re so simple and direct but they can convey some pretty deep ideas.”
Although Back to Birth is Greene’s first new solo release in five years, he’s hardly been idle. In fact, he’s spent much of the past few years engaging in a series of collaborative musical adventures that have teamed him with several notable veterans.
In 2013, Greene joined the reunited Black Crowes as lead guitarist on their worldwide tour, and the following year released the self-titled debut album of supergroup Trigger Hippy, which Greene is a member of along with Joan Osborne and Crowes drummer Steve Gorman. Greene continues to be a frequent member of Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh’s touring ensemble Phil Lesh & Friends, for which he has contributed lead guitar and vocals since 2007. Greene also toured as part of WRG, an acoustic trio with the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir and Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson, and he performed with Levon Helm as part of Helm’s fabled Midnight Ramble shows.
The same qualities that attracted such legendary figures to work with Greene are prominent throughout Back to Birth, which Greene and producer Berlin cut at Portland’s Supernatural Sound with a sympathetic crew of mostly jazz-steeped players, with Greene stretching out on a number of instruments, including guitar, piano, organ and drums.
“This is the third album I’ve done with Steve,” he says. “I’ve known him for about 12 years, and he’s really good at challenging me and getting it out of me. We know each other well enough at this point that we can be blunt with each other, and he’ll tell me that I’m full of it if that’s what I need to hear.”
The musical passion and creative integrity that drive Back to Birth have been constants in Jackie Greene’s musical life from the start. Growing up in Northern California, he taught himself to play piano and guitar during his childhood. His musical reference points shifted radically when, at the age of 14, he ran across a cache of his parents’ vintage rock, country, blues and R&B LPs in the family’s basement.
Still in his teens and inspired by his discoveries, Greene began writing songs and performing them at a local coffeehouse while recording his compositions in his makeshift garage studio and burning CDRs to sell at his gigs. He saved the money he made selling those discs to fund his debut album, the self-produced, self-released Rusty Nails. Despite being a D.I.Y. release with minimal promotion, the disc received substantial regional attention from fans and press alike.
After graduating from high school, Jackie relocated to Sacramento, where he quickly became a local favorite. His popularity led to a deal with a local independent label, which released his second album, Gone Wanderin’, in late 2002. The disc won considerable national attention, leading to a series of national tours opening for the likes of B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Susan Tedeschi, Huey Lewis, Mark Knopfler and Taj Mahal.
Greene continued to win critical acclaim and expand his fan base with 2004’s Sweet Somewhere Bound and 2006’s American Myth. In 2007, Greene began moonlighting with Phil Lesh and Friends, while continuing his own musical evolution with his own releases Giving Up the Ghost and Till the Light Comes, released in 2008 and 2010, respectively.
“The musicians that I really admire and try to emulate are the ones who have the whole package: they’re great songwriters, great singers and great instrumentalists, and they have a vibe about them that’s real,” he states, adding, “When I go to make a record, I’m not thinking about where I can fit in a bunch of guitar solos. I’m thinking, ‘What does this song feel like? What’s it saying?’ So my goal, when writing a song or making a record, is to find the core of that emotional experience and convey that.”
Although he’s already racked up a multitude of impressive musical achievements, Greene isn’t one to look back. Instead, he continues to look to the future – and looks forward to getting back on the road to bring Back to Birth‘s soulful songcraft to the loyal, wildly diverse fan base that he’s built through talent, vision and hard work.
“I still plan on making a lot of different kinds of records in the future, but I can’t tell you what they’re going to sound like, because I really have no idea,” he asserts. “All I can do is write songs and make music as honestly as I can. That’s what I believe people appreciate about what I do. They trust me to be honest with them, and I’d never want to abuse that trust.”
Jackie Greene’s touring band consists of (from Left to Right): Nathan Dale (Guitar, Vocals), Jackie (Guitar, Piano, B3, Lead Vocals), Fitz Harris (Drums, Vocals) and Jon Cornell (Bass).
David Luning - Bio“Staunch originality, no one’s doing what you do…good singer songwriter, story-telling guy” Keith Urban“…I’ve heard the future of Americana music and it’s David Luning.” - Johnny Bazanno, KRCB 91 FMAt Berklee College of Music, David was introduced to the music of John Prine, Ryan Adams, Old Crow Medicine Show, Todd Snider, and The Band. "Something just clicked. It was like a slow bolt of lightning that struck my soul. The kind of music that spoke of real life, heartaches and loss, but also of heartwarming humor and foot stomping sing-alongs. It was simple and it was real... like a family that I wanted to be a part of. Call it Americana, folk, roots, or alt-country - it resonated with me. I had found my genre, my voice." That's when David decided to relocate back to the San Fransico Bay area to pursue a career as an Americana, Alt-country artist. Luning’s self-produced debut album “Just Drop on By”, was released to rave reviews and has been called "a gritty, joyful, soulful piece of Americana", and "an album you'll want to revisit again and again". Johnny Bazzano from KRCB praises "Just Drop On By is the best Americana Music album I've heard..”. David also acted, produced and co-directed the music video “Whiskey Bottle, along with videographer Jared Wright. Currently, David is in the studio recording his sophomore album. In 2013, David auditioned for American Idol to receive worldwide exposure for his original music, and to be an advocate for Americana music. Out of 75,000 people who auditioned, he made it to the top 100, performing his original song "In Hell I Am”, which appeared on American Idol’s January 16th, 2014 episode, viewed by 18 million across the world. Jennifer Lopez commented, “I love it. He has a really, really beautiful tone.” Keith Urban praised, saying, “you have stanch originality, no one’s doing what you do…you’re a good singer-songwriter, story-telling guy.”David writes, records, and performs all of his original songs. "He can entertain and delight large crowds, using only himself, his guitar, and his harmonica". For events calling for a killer band, David plays with three amazing musicians: Dave Sampson, Ben Dubin, and Linden Reed. David also co-writes, records, and performs music with a vocal virtuoso, Brodie Jenkins, in the folk duo called Ghost and Gale. Ghost and Gale is comprised of haunting cinematic folk harmonies that showcase David’s vocal range, harmonies, and his skills as a guitarist and talented pianist. DISCOGRAPHY"Just Drop on By" - David Luning, Dec. 2012 "Ghost and Gale" - David Luning and Brodie Jenkins, EP, 2013"Real Music, A Taste of Sonoma County, Vol. 3" - Compilation of 33 songs from Sonoma County Artists, 2013"Local Gold" - West Coast Songwriter's Compilation, 2011""Mother's on Fire" - (limited edition - sold out) Your Name in Lights band consisted of David Luning, Adam Rosendahl, Peter Lushington, Josh Renkow, & Wade Nielsen, EP 2005OPENED FOR Leon Russell, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Rodney Crowell, Elvin Bishop, Junior Brown, Dave Alvin, David Bromberg, John Corbett, Aaron Lewis, Albert Lee, The Waymores, Tim and Nicky Bluhm, Truth and Salvage Company, Matt the Electrician, Poor Man's Whiskey, Audrey Auld, Carolyn Wonderland, Jimbo Mathus, and others.FESTIVALSKate Wolf Music Festival (sold more CD's than any other artist/band at the festival) , Stagecoach Music Festival, Oyster Ridge Music Festival, EarleFest, Petaluma Music Festival, Los Alamos Summer Concert Series, Rivertown Revival, Summer Arts and Music Festival, Handcar Regatta, Levi's Gran FondoVENUES The Bluebird Cafe (Nashville), Sunset Gowers Studios (LA), Biscuits and Blues (SF), Bottom of the Hill (SF), Yoshi's (Oakland), West Coast Live, Uptown Theatre (Napa), Sam's (SATX), Cheatham Street Warehouse (San Marcus), Rancho Nicasio, McNear’s Mystic Theatre, HopMonk, The Last Day Saloon, Aubergine, The Hotel Utah, plus many more nationwide.RADIO STATIONSNPR, KRSH, KPIG, KRCB, KPFA, KSRO, RADIO VAGABOND, KXCI, KWMR, KVRM, KBCS, KDNK, KDHX, KVNF, KUWR, KSYN, KOPN, KPFT, KAXE, KUNI, RADIO FREE AMERICANA, WERU, WMUD, WQBR, WRRW, WSM, WETS, WRIU, WLVR, WMKY, WCBE, WOUB, WYCE, WXPN, WUIN, WZBC, BUTTERFLIES RADIO, PANDORA, WEST COAST LIVE, and many more! CHARTSAmericana Music Association Chart #52Freeform American Roots Chart (FAR Chart) #16CKUA Radio Network (Canada) #18KDHX Americana Charts #48WEST COAST SONGWRITER'S COMPETITIONS"A Little Bit Bad" - Voted Best Song "Whiskey Bottle" - Voted Best Song"Northern California" - Voted Best Song"Whisper I Love You" - Voted Best SongWon Best Performance singing “Whiskey Bottle”"New Love" Co-Written with Brodie Jenkins - Voted Best SongWon Best Performance singing "New Love" - with Brodie Jenkins"Whiskey Bottle" - Honorable Mention-WCS International Song ContestSONG PLACEMENTS"You and Me and the Devil In Between" is in the film “The Devil's Dozen”, directed by Jeremy London - 2013"My Baby Blues on Wheels" in John William's documentary, “Standing on a Corner-The Story of a Crossing Guard”- 2013"Whiskey Bottle" and "Always Gonna Be That Way" are in the film “Arachnoquake”, and "Whiskey Bottle" is featured in the opening sequence of the movie, Syfy/Active Entertainment TV movie – directed by Griff Furst - 2012"Whiskey Bottle" is in "Swamp Shark", a Syfy TV movie, directed by Griff Furst – 2011"Waiting Room" is in a YWCA Promotional video, “Picture a Better World” - 2011TELEVISION/CABLE/INTERNET SHOWS*Our Kind of Music Interview - 2014*American Idol - 2014*American Songwriter, a one-half-hour TV / Internet show*California Live Mic on Loudville TVACTING, VOICE OVERS, AND DANCE* David was cast as Remote Guy in a Comcast Sportsnet Commercial for the Giants, "Mini Wingman Remote"* David has performed in over 11 plays, including the male lead in "Idiot's Delight". * Cast as a cocaine addict in a TV show called "I (Almost) Got Away With It" in an episode called "Caught By a Cougar"* Cast as an extra in two TV episodes: "I (Almost) Got Away With It" and "Cuff Me If You Can"* Acted and did a voice over in a Sonoma County YWCA Promotional video "Picture a Better Future".* David performed with a salsa troupe in San Francisco, Los Angeles, & New York.* David also performed and taught ballroom dancing as a junior instructor with Nordquist Dance, Santa Rosa, CA.ASSOCIATIONS*ASCAP - Member*Americana Music Association - Member*West Coast Songwriters - Member*AE CastingEDUCATION-Berklee College of Music, Boston, Majored in Film Scoring, May 2007-December 2008-University of California, Santa Cruz, Music Major, September 2005-April 2007 BOOKING AGENCYMongrel Music - 415-485-5100Chris Faville: firstname.lastname@example.orgBrad Madison: email@example.comCONTACT David Luning firstname.lastname@example.org