Christy and I caught Jackson Browne's concert this week in Portland, OR. "In '65 he was 17," and "in '69 he was 21," so that would make him 60 today. He didn't look it or sound it. The show was great. He's touring with a seven-piece band including two powerful female back-up singers, Chavonne Morris and Alethea Mills, and they could have carried the show all by themselves.
Abridged song list: opened with "On the Boulevard." Love that guitar riff. Song 4: "Fountain of Sorrow." Uptempo version sans the pathos. Lots of material from the new album, titled Time the Conqueror. Ended with "The Pretender" into "Running on Empty," which he and the band genuinely seemed to enjoy playing. For the encore, Browne skipped the usual "Stay" in favor of the seldom-heard "I Am a Patriot."
Browne kept the political discourse to a minimum and let his powerful music do the talking, to the delight of a packed house. If he's heading your way, catch him. Here's a review of the recent New York City show, with the upcoming itinerary included.