So I posted "Walking to Jerusalem" on this website called "No Depression." One of the other videos posted there was of a kid from San Francisco called Jackie Greene. I'd never heard of the guy. But "Brokedown Emotion" sounded like an interesting title, so I hit the play button. You never know when you'll hear something you like.
Right from the first note I knew I wasn't listening to some teenager in his bedroom making a YouTube video. This kid was good!
Actually, he's not a kid. He turns 30 this year. And he's been putting out CDs since 2002. But he writes and sings like he's been scribbling songs and singing since the '60s.
He's obviously been influenced by Bob Dylan. When he's in his folkie mode strumming a flat top guitar with a harmonica holder hanging from his neck he even looks like a young Dylan. And if he can't match Dylan's lyrical depth (who can?), he shows a gift for story-telling and a way with words you don't often see anymore. And he definitely sings better than Bob.
So without further ado, as Ed Sullivan used to say when introducing an act, here's Jackie Greene.