Jackie Greene began making a name for himself and his bluesy music with the release of his first album, Gone Wanderin’ (stream it below) in 2002. He’s since released six more LPs, a pair of EPs and even a book of lyrics. But things began to take off for him in a different direction when he joined Phil Lesh & Friends as a guitarist, exposing him to different audiences—and different musicians. He’s since joined Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson and Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir, and he became a member of Trigger Hippy, alongside Joan Osborne, Black Crowes drummer Steve Gorman and others. So when the Black Crowes were looking for a lead guitarist to tour the world with them last year, Greene was an obvious fit. But now that the Crowes are on hiatus, he’s back on the road with the Jackie Greene Band (above, doing “Honey I Been Thinking About You”).
Keeping it in the family, the Jackie Greene Band is touring with Black Crowes founding member (and guitarist) Rich Robinson. Robinson (above, rehearsing “I Know You”) started making his own music as the Crowes began taking hiatuses 10 years ago. And with each release, his vocals have grown increasingly more confident and smooth. Robinson’s third LP, The Ceaseless Sight (stream it below), just came out on Tuesday, and he told Rolling Stone that it “represents a movement forward.” See the Jackie Greene Band and Rich Robinson Band tonight at Webster Hall. (Each band will 90-minute sets with an encore featuring members of both bands.)