Jackson Browne on Making a New Album: ‘Your Standards Plague You’

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Jackson Browne (Photo via his Facebook page)

Jackson Browne has a new album, Downhill From Everywhere, coming in July 2021. The release will coincide with the new start date of his U.S. tour with James Taylor. The tour, originally scheduled for summer 2020 was postponed, like all such outings, due to the pandemic. On March 31, the pair announced that it had been pushed back once again. It’s now scheduled to begin in late July.

In March 2020, Browne revealed that he had tested positive for the coronavirus. At the time, he said he was quarantined and recuperating at his Los Angeles home. The singer-songwriter was interviewed in the April/May 2021 issue of AARP Magazine and was asked about his absence from the stage.

“I really miss contact with an audience,” he says. “I’ve done six or seven virtual shows. And I always think, right up to the moment I’m supposed to stream from my house, that I’m going to be performing to a live audience. It’s good to know that this thing that we love, live music, is waiting for us, that it’s on the other side of this quarantine.”

Browne talks a bit about his younger days. “I was not popular in high school, but I had a good friend who was. So I got included in lots of stuff: I surfed with a bunch of guys—and we’re all still friends—and I fell into a crowd of musicians. By the time I was 15, I was writing songs.”

He shares a story from 1972. “I remember coming home from a gig after my first album was released,” he says. “The girl I was seeing picked me up at the airport and said, ‘Check this out,’ then turned on the radio. And ‘Doctor My Eyes’ was on the radio! And I thought, ‘far out’.”

Related: Our Album Rewind of Browne’s debut LP

Browne has earned six Top 20 singles in his career, beginning with his first, “Doctor My Eyes,” which reached #8 in 1972. Other songs from his classic rock catalog include “Running on Empty,” “Rock Me on the Water,” and “Fountain of Sorrow.” He co-wrote “Take it Easy” with Glenn Frey, which became the first hit for the Eagles.

Browne turned 72 last Oct. 9. He was asked about the process of creating a new album at his age. Downhill From Everywhere is his first since 2014. “It’s harder and harder, because your standards plague you. You wind up trying to write something as good as this other song that you wrote. That’s just death.”

Interview courtesy: AARP THE MAGAZINE, APRIL/May 2021

Listen to the title track from “Downhill From Everywhere”

Tickets for Browne’s tour with James Taylor are available here and here.

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  1. Z-man
    #1 Z-man 2 April, 2021, 12:24

    Classic Jackson Browne. Amazing at 72 and still writing/performing such terrific stuff.

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  2. Kmase
    #2 Kmase 2 April, 2021, 22:38

    Amazing, the heart and soul of my generation

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  3. Brucie
    #3 Brucie 3 April, 2021, 02:29

    Long may he reign

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  4. Patch
    #4 Patch 3 April, 2021, 08:33

    The wealth of talent that Browne keeps pulling out from that deepest part of his soul is still amazing. So inspirational and thought provoking.

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  5. Artie Dootie
    #5 Artie Dootie 3 April, 2021, 19:36

    Will they ever get to Wales…please?

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  6. Hollywood
    #6 Hollywood 4 April, 2021, 21:29

    Still going strong at 72 ……. We need him back “live,” glad it’s happening soon for him !

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