SOURCE: Savoy Label Group, LLC

January 11, 2008 06:00 ET

Jackie Greene Signs With 429 Records

New CD "Giving Up The Ghost" Set for Release April 1, 2008

SANTA MONICA, CA--(Marketwire - January 11, 2008) - Mercurial singer-songcraftsman Jackie Greene has signed with 429 Records and is readying the release of "Giving Up The Ghost," the follow-up to his critically acclaimed 2005 album, "American Myth." Having worked with 429 Records in early 2007, contributing a track for the label's all-star tribute to The Band, "Endless Highway: The Music of The Band" (a raucous cover of "Look Out Cleveland"), Greene has officially joined the label's acclaimed roster (alongside Steve Forbert, 2008 Grammy nominee Joan Armatrading, Steve Reynolds and The Roches). Produced by Los Lobos' Steve Berlin, "Giving Up The Ghost" is a distinctive and energetic showcase of folk, blues and rock that Greene has been perfecting and has taken to another level. Jackie is putting the final touches on "Giving Up The Ghost" and gearing up with his own band for dates in early 2008 and an extensive national tour of the U.S. with his band in April and May (he's currently the front man on rock legend Phil Lesh's tour). 429 Records will release "Giving Up The Ghost" on April 1.

Dubbed "The Prince of Americana" by the New York Times, Greene is steeped in country, blues, jazz, rock and folk traditions, defying easy categorization. Raised in Cameron Park, California (near Placerville in the Northern part of the state), Jackie grew up idolizing Zeppelin and the Stones, Dylan and Waits, Leadbelly and Hank Williams. Performing live with a guitar and a harmonica rack, Greene seems to channel the classic influences who have helped to shape the musical perspective of the young progeny. At age 27, with four distinctive albums under his belt, Greene has accelerated past initial cries of "the new-Dylan" and other over-simplified comparisons and has managed to forge a unique musical vision.

"Giving Up The Ghost" was produced by Steve Berlin and in addition to showcasing the remarkable talents of Greene, the album features contributions by notable musical peers such as Larry Campbell (Bob Dylan), Mic Gillette (Tower of Power), Dave Hidalgo (Los Lobos), Phil Lesh (Grateful Dead), Pete Thomas (Elvis Costello) and others. With his acclaim and fan base growing exponentially with each new project and the admiration of high profile musical peers adding luster to his considerable cred, Greene is poised for even greater success in 2008 with "Giving Up The Ghost."

Says Sheila Volpe, Vice President of Marketing/A&R for 429 Records: "I've been waiting two years to work with Jackie, and this release is more than I ever hoped for. He is on the precipice of something very special and I'm honored to be on the journey with him."

The track listing for "Giving Up The Ghost" is as follows:

  1)    Shaken
  2)    Animal
  3)    Dream
  4)    Ball and Chain
  5)    Uphill
  6)    Devil
  7)    Spanish
  8)    Downhearted
  9)    Follow You
  10)   Another Love
  11)   when u return
  12)   Ghosts

429 Records -- the label of the recently acclaimed release 'Endless Highway - The Music of The Band' -- is a unit of the Savoy Label Group (SLG). SLG is the North American unit of CME (Columbia Music Entertainment), the oldest music company in Japan. The Savoy Label Group is lead by Steve Vining. CME is headed by Chairman Strauss Zelnick, founder of Zelnick Media. Zelnick Media owns interests in and manages an array of media companies.

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