Jackson Browne


Jackson Browne has come to epitomize the term singer-songwriter. His songs stand out as paragons of both personal and political songwriting and have been recorded by Linda Ronstadt and the Byrds, with "Take It Easy," which he co-wrote with the Eagles' Glenn Frey, another SHOF inductee, giving that band its first big hit. But he remains best known for his own hits like "Running On Empty" and "Doctor My Eyes," and was rewarded for his achievements in 2004 with his induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.  




photo by Benford Standley



Running On Empty is a landmark album and is so much in the spirt of our Pioneer Troubadours, that we must give mention to this great creation. The album was recorded while on tour, but is not merely a live album. It's an album of all new songs that gives the real feel of what it's like to be on tour. The title track, "Running On Empty," went to #11 on Billboard's Hot 100 Chart and "The Load Out/Stay" was another top 20 hit, peaking at #20.


The album reached #3 and stayed on the charts for an amazing 65 weeks. It went gold immediately and was certified platinum within 9 months. (The album has since been certified multi-platinum with more than 7 million sold.) A third single from the album, "You Love The Thunder," peaked at #109 nearly a year after the album had been released!


Jackson’s top-selling album was the 1977’s seven-times platinum,

life-on-the-road concept opus Running On Empty.


Looking out at the road rushing under my wheels
Looking back at the years gone by like so many summer fields
In sixty-five I was seventeen and running up one-o-one
I don't know where I'm running now, I'm just running on

Running on - running on empty
Running on - running blind
Running on - running into the sun
But I'm running behind

Gotta do what you can just to keep your love alive
Trying not to confuse it with what you do to survive
In sixty-nine I was twenty-one and I called the road my own
I don't know when that road turned onto the road I'm on






Over the course of more than three decades, Jackson Browne has written and performed some of the most literate and moving songs in popular music. With classic albums including Late For The Sky, The Pretender, Running On Empty, and For Everyman, and songs like "Doctor My Eyes," "Rock Me On The Water," and "Lives In The Balance," he has defined a genre of songwriting that is charged with honesty, emotion and personal politics.

Jackson’s artistry was recognized with his 2004 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  He also received in 2004 an honorary Doctorate of Music from Occidental College in Los Angeles, for "a remarkable musical career that has successfully combined an intensely personal artistry with a broader vision of social justice."

Browne’s last album release was 2005’s GRAMMY®-nominated Jackson Browne Solo Acoustic Vol. 1, presenting twelve songs culled from his acclaimed solo acoustic concerts performed worldwide.  He is currently working in the studio on a new album.

Tracing the roots of Browne’s career leads back to the mid-‘60s and Los Angeles/Orange County folk clubs, where he played solo. Born in Germany to American parents, Jackson moved to Los Angeles at age 3, and, except for a short period living and working in New York City in the late 1960s, has always lived in Southern California.

TAKEN FROM HIS BIO AT  www.JacksonBrowne.com 

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(by Jackson Browne & Bryan Garofalo)

Now the seats are all empty
Let the roadies take the stage
Pack it up and tear it down
They're the first to come and last to leave
Working for that minimum wage
They'll set it up in another town
Tonight the people were so fine
They waited there in line
And when they got up on their feet they made the show
And that was sweet--
But I can hear the sound
Of slamming doors and folding chairs
And that's a sound they'll never know







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