Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jackson Browne is Tahoe-bound, bringing his band to the Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys on Friday, August 7.
Born in Heidelberg, Germany, Browne was 3 when his family moved to Los Angeles. An active musician growing up, he joined the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band after graduating high school in 1966, and the group recorded a number of his first songs.
Browne’s initial success came as a songwriter, with his early tunes recorded by a range of artists including Nitty Gritty, Gregg Allman, the Eagles, Joan Baez, and others.
The 1970s saw Browne achieve mainstream radio and commercial success in his own right, with albums such as “Jackson Browne,” “For Everyman,” “Late for the Sky,” and “Running On Empty.”
He has been recording and touring steadily for the last 40 years, appearing and recording with a host of musicians, from Linda Ronstadt to David Lindley, and from Roy Orbison to Bruce Springsteen.
Browne is also an advocate and activist, and has been working on behalf of a host of environmental and humanitarian causes since the 1970s, with anti-nuclear awareness a prominent agenda. He was arrested in 1981 in a protest of the Diablo Canyon Power Plant in Southern California. In 2008, he sued then presidential candidate John McCain for using his hit song “Running on Empty” during his campaign without permission. The singer-songwriter performs and records regularly for a vast array of charities.
Browne was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2004, and has won considerable recognition for his activism, including the John Steinbeck Award and multiple Harry Chapin Humanitarian Awards.
He also has been associated with film and television, playing himself on the Simpsons in 2003 and making a cameo in 2007’s “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story.”
He recently released his 14th studio album, “Standing in the Breach,” to positive acclaim. Rolling Stone gave the album four stars, saying its “freedom, compassion, generosity – remain vibrantly alive for (Browne), and on this superb, inspiring album, he once again stands waiting for everyman.”
Browne and his band are touring in support of the new record, with shows around California in early August, before heading east to Nevada, Arizona, and on to the Midwest later this summer.
When: 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7
Where: Harveys Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena
Tickets: $39.50 – $89.50