American Myth

Jackie Greene' sophomore release is quite different from his debut according to the artist.
Sweet Somewhere Bound was a solo effort and the songs reflected that in both spirit and arrangement.
American Myth emerges as a band effort with songs that allow all the players to contribute their
individual talents to Greene's American-life-style themed songs. In addition to Greene's work on sterling
guitar, dobro, piano, organ and harmonica is Elvis Costello's Rhythm section - bassist Davey Faragher and
drummer Pete Thomas. Also contributing to the release is guitarists Val McCallum and Greg Leisz and Tex-Mex
accordionist Joel Guzman. At the producing helm is the multi-talented Steve Berlin of Los Lobos fame who also
adds percussion, vibes and mellotron playing to his list of duties. Each songs offers an immediacy that comes
from recording the songs live to tape and using analog gear for ambience. What Greene was after in the recording
was the sound of the classic records he grew up admiring - Ray Charles, The Rolling Stones, Muddy Water and
Leadbelly. He's succeeded in leaping from folk balladeer to bona fide rocker without losing the delicacy of his
lyrical folk roots. Greene says, "These songs are all intended to paint a picture of Amercia, in a sort of a
non-specific way. The characters in the songs are all American: the waitress with the tattoo, the mayor
kissing babies, the drag queen, the sailors, the socialite." Driving the songs is Greene's evocative vocals
and vivid imagery, whether he's belting out the rollicking single, "I'm So Gone" or delivering the beautifully
sweet "Love Song; 2:00 AM."

Rosemary Welsch, Program Director