Jackie Greene used a gap in his touring schedule to make a rare Memphis appearance at Growlers on April 3rd. Greene brought a stripped down trio from his full touring band for the added show in between stops in Nashville and Chicago.
Nashville’s Lilly Winwood, daughter of rock immortal Steve Winwood, opened for Greene. Along with her dominating country vocal prowess on set list staples “Sleep Issues,” “Keep It Spinning,” “Idastoned,” and “Laundry Day,” Winwood amused the crowd with often sarcastic stories on how each song came to be.
Greene’s energy and musical expertise immediately kicked things up a notch in front of an unfortunately small Monday night crowd. Greene stayed on acoustic guitar adding his outstanding harmonica chops as needed. The small crowd created an intimate atmosphere letting Greene kick back taking requests and playing whatever came to mind in the moment. The setlist included Greene’s “Gone Wanderin,” “Tupleo,” and “Mexican Girl” before meandering from Bob Dylan’s “Isis” to the Grateful Dead’s “Loser” and “Bertha” and Van Morrison’s “Tupelo Honey.”
Greene will stay on the road with a packed schedule into June. Here are pictures from Greene and Winwood’s Growlers performance.