Red-hot Jackie Greene comes to MontBleu Sunday |

Red-hot Jackie Greene comes to MontBleu Sunday

Provided to ActionOne of Jackie Greene's first stops on his national tour was Lake Tahoe. He will release his new album, "Giving Up The Ghost" on April 1. Greene is from nearby Cameron Park.

Jackie Greene’s nearly as hot as Barack Obama these days.

Here’s an indicator: The surviving members of the Grateful Dead reunited for a concert to support the aforementioned presidential candidate. Greene, who sat in with the band to sing and play a variety of instruments, nearly stole the show.

Greene, who last year was honored as an official member of Phil Lesh and Friends, recently finished a tour with the Dead’s bass player. He and Lesh’s other friends drummer John Molo and keyboardist Steve Molitz joined the Dead’s Bob Weir and Mickey Hart Feb. 4 in San Francisco’s Warfield Theater to support their candidate the night before the Super Tuesday primary elections. It was the first Dead show since 2004.

In a review by the music blog, Richard B. Simon wrote: “Greene sang ‘Sugaree’ with a surprising soul power. The tune built and built, and Greene belted out the last verse and repeated ‘Shake it! Shake it! Sugaree!’ That brought the house down.”

Greene sang “Brown Eyed Woman” and “Deal” and played mandolin on “Ripple”

during an acoustic set.

“The highlight of the second set was a tremendous take on ‘Jack Straw,’ Jim Harrington wrote for the blog from an earlier Phil Lesh and Friends show. “Greene did a great job on each of his numbers, but he did his best work on the ones that originally featured Weir on vocals (‘Jack Straw’ and ‘One More Saturday Night’).”

Greene followed up his night with the Dead with a handful of dates with Skinny Singers, a trio which includes Tim Bluhm of Mother Hips and drummer Mike Curry.

Greene headlines his own three-month tour starting in Stockton today (Friday, Feb. 14), and includes a Tahoe show Sunday, Feb. 17 inside MontBleu Casino Hotel and Spa. Greene certainly is no stranger to Tahoe. He grew up just off the hill in Cameron Park.

Greene will release his fourth album, “Giving Up The Ghost,” on April 1 on his new label 429 Records. The record is produced by Steve Berlin of Los Lobos and includes appearances by that band’s David Hilgado as well as Lesh and Mic Gillette, the original lead trumpet player for Tower of Power.

The New York Times called the 27-year-old Green “The Prince of Americana.”

The multi-instrumentalist can play in a variety of styles, including folk, jazz, country and blues. His Bob Dylan influence is apparent on much of his material.

“I’ve been following Jackie’s career since the outset,” keyboardist Marcia Ball told Lake Tahoe Action this week. “He’s an amazing, creative songwriter. He’s got a lot of pop sensibility, and I mean that in the nicest possible way.”

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