JACKIE GREENE Releases THE MODERN LIVES - VOL. 1 / Out Today!
JACKIE GREENE AND BLUE ROSE MUSIC RELEASE THE MODERN LIVES - VOL. 1 EP OUT TODAY
MUSIC VIDEOS BY ANIMATION LEGEND
BILL PLYMPTON ENCLOSED
“achingly intimate, surprisingly energetic and unburdened by adherence to genre” - NPR
one of "the most notable guitarists from the next generation of six-string legends." - Rolling Stone
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New York, NY (October 13, 2017) – Jackie Greene and Blue Rose Music have partnered with Academy Award-nominated “king of indie animation” Bill Plympton to create a short film inspired by the songs from his new EP The Modern Lives – Vol. 1, out today via Blue Rose Music. With a "Vonnegut-like humor" that "looks at modern condition and fearlessly calls it out for its moral bankruptcy" (No Depression), Greene tackles the great social paradoxes of the 21st century: technology meant to simplify life can complicate it in unimaginable ways; crowded cities can be the loneliest places to live; and constructs meant to connect people can leave them feeling more isolated than ever. Plympton's unique brand of surrealism and the colorful characters that he creates adds an exhilarating animated experience to these musical themes.
This week, Jackie Greene released the second video in the series for "Good Advice,” a cover of a rare blues song, via the roots rock music site, No Depression. “This is a song I learned through an old J.B. Lenoir record I had lying around. I’d been listening to it for years and it sort of got in my bones, in a way,” says Greene. “I learned later that the legendary Willie Dixon may have had a hand in the writing, although nobody really knows for sure. I had a hell of a time figuring out what the lyrics were, which made it fun. I ended up taking what I thought was the best of both versions and came up with my own. This was the first song I recorded in my basement. Mainly, as a test run to see if I could even work in such a limited environment. It came out just fine, I think.”
Bill Plympton adds, "As I understand it, the song was recorded by the late, great blues musician Willie Dixon. So, I put Mr. Dixon in the video, playing the bass and I assume that's his mother, who is giving good advice. I really love the union of my sketchy line-drawing style and the old bluesy song. I think they work really well together."
The first video in the collaboration between Jackie and Bill was the song "Modern Lives," described by Paste Magazine as "a zinging song of contemporary commentary" and by Mother Church Pew as "a brain massaging wonder." “Modern Lives,” the first single from the EP, is climbing the adult alternative radio charts where it is currently Top 40 and the EP is Top 20 on the Americana Radio chart.
Both tracks are included on The Modern Lives - Vol. 1, available today on digital and CD formats.
About Blue Rose Music:
Blue Rose Music is an artist collective that assists in the business and creative development of select musicians and projects. With extensive marketing and technology resources, Blue Rose enables artists to bridge their traditional audience-building avenues with today’s web, social and digital sharing capabilities. A portion of all revenue is donated to The Blue Rose Foundation, which provides pre-school scholarships to financially disadvantaged children.
About Jackie Greene:
Since the release of his critically-acclaimed debut album Gone Wanderin’, Jackie has built an endearing audience through a relentless touring schedule with the likes of BB King, Mark Knopfler, Susan Tedeschi, and TajMahal. In just the last four years, he has played lead guitar with The Black Crowes on their Layin’ Down With #13 World Tour, recorded and toured with Trigger Hippy - his supergroup with Joan Osborne - and performed over 250 shows of his own, all while continuing to record and release his solo work. Jackie is a frequent member of Phil Lesh & Friends, and sits in with countless other artists like Tedeschi Trucks Band, Govt Mule, Mississippi All-Stars, Amy Helm, Steve Earle, and Bob Weir.