Jackson Browne's reunion tour with guitarist-collaborator David Lindley found its way to the summer concert series at Humphrey's by the Bay. Browne joined opener Lindley for a brief acoustic set, kicking off the show with Warren Zevon's "Seminole Bingo," followed by covers of Springsteen and Blind Willie Johnson. Browne then yielded the stage to Lindley, who closed with a hilarious, crowd-pleasing rendition of "Catfood Sandwiches."
Jackson Browne began his portion of the show with three songs from Time the Conqueror before Lindley joined him onstage for "Your Bright Baby Blues," the first of many tunes highlighted by Lindley's masterful, tasteful picking.
Drawing primarily from the early to mid '70s albums, which remain Browne's strongest work, the duo, backed by a four-piece band and two backup singers, reprised many of their best-known collaborations, from "For Everyman" to "Running on Empty," all embellished by the stringed work of Lindley, who picked everything from an oud to a bouzouki.
"For a Dancer," Browne's tribute to a departed friend, was made even more poignant by Lindley's violin work. A particularly raucous version of "Mercury Blues," with Lindley on vocals, led to a spirited closing and the double encore of "I Am a Patriot" and "Take It Easy."
- Concert: Jackson Browne with David Lindley
- Date: July 21
- Venue: Humphrey's by the Bay
- Seats: Section B, Row 9, Seat 105