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Jackson Browne is the headliner Thursday night at Floydfest this year!
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Oh I used to love me some Jackson Browne! Wore a groove in Running On Empty!
I feel like this is a pretty big coup for FloydFest!
I have often thought if they could get one large mainstream act per night, it would be much easier to swallow the cost of admission, the long drive, and the sweltering heat.
My wife and I used to be a big Browne fans. Doctor My Eyes, the Road and the Sky, Running on Empty, Before the Deluge… Really good stuff, still listen to it today. About 2 years ago we caught him in Charleston, SC. Having recently been disappointed by another of our rock icons from the day, we were realistic but hopeful that Browne would have at least retained some of his passion, if not his voice. In our estimation, he had neither. If you’re into slow core type stuff with the faux emoting say of James Taylor, then Browne’s your man. Some folks seemed to like him as he got a modest response from the crowd. But the bar is set kinda low with the baby boomer crowd. We seem to have clung to our old standbys no matter how devoid of real energy they have become. Maybe we were wrong or saw him on a bad day. But if you want to be almost totally assured of energetic top notch performers, check out Drive By Truckers on Friday and Brandi Carlile on Saturday. If you like to rock, you will love these performers!
I take your point Scott W, and I have no illusions that the performers I loved in my teens or early twenties could possibly still be the same. If I saw Jackson Browne, Gordon Lightfoot, or even Bruce Springsteen, I can assure you that my heart would make my eyes see what I wanted. When I was finally able to see John Fogerty when he started touring again, I had tears streaming and a heart that assured me he was everything and more than I was expecting and I did not give a flying flip what anyone else in the audience thought (although they were screaming like teenagers too so I think we were all of one mind). For artists whose “best days” might be behind them to some, there is just no such thing for some of us. Jackson Browne is an icon for some of us and deservedly so.
I saw Drive By Truckers last summer up here in Charlottesville, they were great.
As for summer concert, I’m going to spend my money going to Campout East in Buena Vista. Last year in Nelson County it was great. Cracker, Camper Van Beethoven, Sons of Bill, Those Darlins, Futurebirds, American Aquarium, Jonny Corndawg, and others put on a 2 day amazing family-friendly concert. After hours, they went indoors and did acoustic jams. It was freaking amazing.
Urge anyone into good music to check this out. They haven’t announced the lineup this year, but Camper Van Beethoven was amazing last year, and since its “Camp” out, they (and cracker) will obviously be playing!
We had Jackson Brown last year at the Clearwater festival. He helped raise $50,000 for our Clearwater organization. It was a great weekend because of the entire lineup. Drive by Truckers was cool; Tom Paxton was good and a host of others that weekend.
As a songwriter Jackson Brown gets to the heart of the matter, it does not get much better.
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