April 17: Jackie Greene at the Mystic Theatre

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No longer the young blues wunderkind from Sacramento, Jackie Greene is now all grown up with the weighty title “the Prince of Americana” conferred upon his black-haired head by none other than the New York Times. That’s nowhere more evident than on his latest album Giving Up the Ghost, which finds Greene easing his old-before-its-time voice into casual songs buoyed by members from Los Lobos and Elvis Costello’s band. With a star turn in Phil Lesh’s band and a night playing Rolling Stones songs with Gov’t Mule, Greene positions himself as a valuable young torchbearer of the baby-boomer flame—unique enough to sound his own voice, familiar enough to cause a few jolts of pride in the enduring appeal of Americana music. He plays on Saturday, April 17, at the Mystic Theatre. 21 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 9pm. $22–$25. 707.765.2121.Gabe Meline

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