To avoid the very likely risk of burying my lead, I’m just going to come right out and say that we’re opening for Jackie Greene for two nights in Mill Valley on March 31st and April 1st at the Sweetwater Music Hall. But our story with Jackie Greene goes way back. Way way back. Or just seven years back.
On Saturday October 2nd in 2010 Jamie and I, like thousands of others, were wandering the grounds of Golden Gate Park during the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival as the day was coming to a close. We ended up finding ourselves at the front of the crowd watching Jackie Greene. We came into that day knowing exactly zero Jackie Greene songs, but we left Golden Gate Park huge Jackie Greene fans. For that next year we listened to all his albums, watched blurry iPhone videos of live performances on Youtube, and covered his songs regularly. We were “All In” on Jackie Greene. And when we go “all in” on a band, we really go for it. Like deep deep Youtube dives and whatnot. Just try talking to us about Tom Petty. You won’t get us to shut up. Anyway, Jackie became a really big influence on our writing, performing, and recording at a time when we were just starting to play out. Fast forward a few years later to February 28th, 2014 and we’re in San Luis Obispo opening for Jackie. We were stoked. Then just a month later we got to do it again… but in Santa Cruz… at the Catalyst… and the show was sold out. What’s better than stoked? Mega stoked? Uber stoked? I don’t know. Whatever it is, that’s what we were. That was by far the biggest show we’d played to date and was also our first time playing the iconic Catalyst. Since then we’ve opened for Jackie in San Francisco, at both the Fillmore and Great American Music Hall, Tahoe, Felton, and we even got to open for one of his side project bands, Trigger Hippy in LA at the El Rey Theater. Each one of the shows has been a huge thrill for us and we are always excited at the opportunity to share the stage with someone we consider to be a hero of ours.
We remain huge Jackie Greene fans and we can’t wait to be part of these shows in Mill Valley. On March 31st, Jackie will be playing his 2010 album (and the Coffis Brothers’ favorite Jackie album) Till The Light Comes, and on April 1st he will be playing his newest album, Back To Birth. Get your tickets while you can and see ya at the Sweetwater!