For three decades Jackson Browne has eloquently expressed his emotions, philosophies and political convictions through folk and rock music. With more than 15 million albums sold, Browne has created an enduring legacy of a sound that is deeply personal and relevant.
Jackson Browne will perform at the L.A. County Fair’s End of Summer Concert Series on the Los Angeles Newspaper Group Grandstand Stage, at 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 25. The Fair runs Sept. 10-26.
With his roots in folk music Browne’s early work was focused on relationships and was very insightful. Despite hits early in his career such as “Rock Me on the Water” and “Jamaica Say You Will,” Browne did not reach commercial success until his 1976 release The Pretender. This was followed by one of his most popular albums, Running on Empty, released in 1977. The album went seven-times platinum.
The ‘80s marked a period of new political consciousness in Browne’s music. Although he did not completely abandon love songs, he did release a couple of albums that were blatantly politically motivated, and at the time reflected his life. He was the co-founder and board member of MUSE (Musicians United For Safe Energy). He also helped organize the No Nukes concerts at Madison Square Garden in September of 1979. His albums Lives in the Balance and World in Motion, were his most memorable of this era.
After a four-year hiatus Browne released his comeback album I’m Alive in 1993. Seen as a return to his songwriting of the ‘70s, the album is very reflective, exploring the issues of the heart. His following albums, most notably his latest The Naked Ride Home, reflect a life that has been broken, has found hope, has seen turmoil and knows grief, but above all a life that is passionately lived.
General admission to see Jackson Browne in concert at the 2004 Fair is free with regular Fair admission; however, special reserved seating is available for purchase for $22. Stageside seating is available for $75. Tickets may be purchased for the End of Summer Concert Series at the Fairplex credentials office, 1101 W. McKinley Avenue, Ticketmaster locations, at www.lacountyfair.com and at www.ticketmaster.com. For additional information about the Fair call (909) 623-3111.