August 29, 2008

Jackson Browne Calls ‘Time’ on New Album

By Gary Graff

It's been six years since Jackson Browne released an album of new material, but the veteran singer-songwriter hardly feels like he's been scarce during that interim.

"I made three albums since my last studio album," Browne -- who releases "Time the Conqueror" Sept. 23 on his own Inside Recordings label -- says, referencing a pair of "Acoustic Live" sets and a collaboration with Fred Martin & the Levite Camp on 2006's "Some Bridges."

"For me it's pretty steady, continuous work. And I'm kind of playing continuously, even though it's not necessarily a national tour or a publicity campaign. I'm just playing all the time."

Nevertheless, Browne acknowledges, "I missed my band a lot "... and getting to make an album where you're rehearsed and you have production and you're ready to play these songs is a real pleasure for me."

Browne has been making "Time the Conqueror" for about three years, in fact. He road-tested some of the 10 songs, including the title track and "Just say Yeah," during his acoustic tour, while others were inspired by soundcheck jams. Browne even started "The Drums of War," one of several politically minded tracks on the album, during the early days of the Iraq invasion in 2004.

"Time the Conqueror" is also Browne's first full-fledged studio album on Inside after 30-plus years with Elektra and Asylum, which wrapped with 2002's "The Naked Ride Home" and the 2004 compilation "The Very Best of Jackson Browne."

"I'm not sure what it would be like to be the other way anymore because the way in which the music business has changed and sort of been denigrated," he explains. "I think it's perfectly good for music that the record companies are sort of in decline and the ones that are doing the more interesting things are small, independent labels that are run by music lovers, people who really do it for passionate, personal, musically ideological reasons."

Browne will be touring to promote "Time the Conqueror" starting Sept. 15 in Washington, D.C., and continuing around the world in 2009. At the same time, he'll also be monitoring his lawsuit against Sen. John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee for president, for using Browne's "Running on Empty" without authorization in campaign ads.

"It's pretty open-and-shut," Browne notes. "They can't use your music without your permission, and it's pretty hard to imagine a senator or anybody in a political campaign not knowing that. The law is so well-pronounced. They use your song without asking and you have to make them pay for it. But I'm not sure if it'll be resolved soon or quickly."

Originally published by Gary Graff ,

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