News Archives: 2019


Let the Rhythm Lead comes out on January 31, 2020 from Artists for Peace and Justice via Arts Music

November 22, 2019: Today, Arts Music released the track “Love is Love” from the upcoming benefit album Let the Rhythm Lead: Haiti Song Summit Vol 1, a collaborative project of songwriters Paul Beaubrun, Jackson Browne, Habib Koité, Jenny Lewis, Raúl Rodríguez, Jonathan Russell, and Jonathan Wilson, with members of the Haitian roots band Lakou Mizik. 

“Love is Love” is featured on the collection Let The Rhythm Lead: Haiti Song Summit Vol. 1, out January 31, 2020.

Hailing from four different countries, interweaving North American Indie Rock with beats and percussion of Haitian Vodou, Spanish and Malian guitar, Tres Flamenco, with songs in English, Creole, Khassonké, Manding and Spanish, Let The Rhythm Lead celebrates the work of Artists for Peace and Justice in Haiti, and was recorded at their Artists Institute on the island’s southern coast, in the town of Jacmel.

Watch the video for “Love is Love” featuring Jackson Browne, Paul Beaubrun, Jonathan Russell and Jonathan Wilson via YouTube

Stream “Love is Love” HERE

“We wrote ‘Love Is Love’ in Haiti over three years ago – in November of 2016 – inspired by the beauty and resilience of the Haitian people, and the farsighted and soulful work of Artists for Peace and Justice in Haiti since the 2010 earthquake,” says Jackson Browne.

“I wrote it with David Belle, whose deep understanding of the people and the culture informed our group’s experience there. Love Is Love contains some of my immediate impressions of Haiti, but especially the spirit I saw there in the faces of families, children, and lovers, as they take on the challenges of rebuilding their country in the face of multiple disasters.

From the day we recorded Love Is Love in the Artist Institute Studio, I would see and hear students singing the refrain as they walked the halls to classes, both in English – Love Is Love, and in Creole – Lanmou se Lanmou. This is one of the best feelings you can get making music – to see people take your song into their lives. That this could happen there in Haiti is a source of great joy for me.

Our Haiti Song Summit project, Let The Rhythm Lead, carries the imprint of our indelible experience in Haiti as friends, and as musical voyagers.”

Let The Rhythm Lead: Haiti Song Summit Vol. 1 Track listing:

  1. Lapé, Lanmou (Peace and Love), written by Jonathan Wilson and Jenny Lewis
  2. Love is Love, written by Jackson Browne and David Belle
  3. Surrender, written by Paul Beaubrun and Jackson Browne
  4. Under the Supermoon, written by Jenny Lewis
  5. Let the Rhythm Lead, written by Raúl Rodríguez
  6. Goddess at the Wheel, written by Jonathan Wilson
  7. Koulandian, adapted by Habib Koité
  8. Saving Grace, written by Jonathan Russell and Kathryn Everett
  9. El Viajero, written by Raúl Rodríguez
  10. Simbi Dlo, adapted by Paul Beaubrun
  11. I Found Out, written by Jonathan Russell


Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ) is a non-profit organization that encourages peace and social justice and addresses issues of poverty around the world. Our immediate goal is to serve the poorest communities in Haiti with programs in education, healthcare and dignity. We are committed to long-term, sustainable development in direct partnership with the Haitian people. Our model is simple: we believe in empowering local communities, fostering economic growth, and the power of education to change a nation.

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Songwriters Jackson Browne & Leslie Mendelson Release A Special Limited Edition Vinyl For Record Store Day Black Friday


All Proceeds From The Vinyl Sales To Be Donated To (RED) for AIDS Research

(Los Angeles. November 19, 2019). Songwriters Jackson Browne and Leslie Mendelson release their single “A Human Touch,” on a special limited edition vinyl for Record Store Day this November 29, 2019. The 12inch 180 gram LP is red vinyl with custom etching, in a gatefold package that includes a digital download card of an mp3 of the song and a link to the official music video. This special limited edition vinyl can be purchased on Record Store Day Black Friday at local record stores. Visit for details.

Browne, Mendelson and Steve McEwan wrote, “ A Human Touch,” for the documentary film 5B. Distributed by Verizon Media, 5B is the story of everyday heroes who took extraordinary action to comfort and care for the patients of the first AIDS ward in the U.S. Ward 5B nurses pioneered groundbreaking patients-rights practices including: changes to the definition of “family” for medical decisions, active support of same-sex partners and permission of visitation by pets. 5B is a story about empathy – a value that the subjects of the documentary recognized as so quintessentially human that they risked their lives to champion it.

Proceeds from the limited edition vinyl will be donated to (RED) (RED) harnesses the power of people and companies to fight AIDS.  Global Fund grants that (RED) supports have impacted more than 140 million people with prevention, treatment, counseling, HIV testing and care services.

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Emmylou Harris, Jackson Browne, Steve Earle, Patty Griffin, The Mastersons, Thao Nguyen, David Pulkingham Unite To Stand With Families At U.S. Border

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New York, NY – On the heels of a summer that saw the Trump administration ramp up its attacks against families seeking safety at the southern U.S. border, the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) today announced “The Lantern Tour II: Concerts for Migrant and Refugee Families,” with the first two concerts taking place on Tuesday, November 5 at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C., and on Wednesday, November 6 at The Town Hall in Manhattan.

Tickets go on sale at the Warner at 10 a.m. Friday, September 13, and at The Town Hall at noon that same day, with additional dates and venues to be announced throughout the coming year. 

The nationwide tour will take place between fall of 2019 and summer of 2020, and reunites Grammy-nominated and award-winning musicians Emmylou Harris, Jackson Browne, and Steve Earle for the concert series to benefit WRC and its work on behalf of migrant and asylum-seeking families. 

The Grammy-nominated and award-winning lineup for the fall dates include Emmylou Harris, Jackson Browne, Steve Earle, Patty Griffin, The Mastersons, Thao Nguyen, and David PulkinghamNote that not all artists will appear on all dates. 

“I am thrilled to be teaming up again with the Women’s Refugee Commission,” said lead tour musician Emmylou Harris, a supporter of the organization. “They are on the front lines in advocating for the safety of displaced women and children. It is my honor to continue this important partnership and to bring my music friends along for another powerful tour in the coming year.” 

WRC has a long history of documenting conditions for asylum-seeking women and children at the U.S. border and then advocating for their rights and protections. Since the Trump administration came into power, it has taken an even more robust leadership role in identifying human rights violations. 

“The Women’s Refugee Commission believes strongly in the power of art and advocacy and we are proud to launch The Lantern Tour II,” said Sarah Costa, WRC executive director. “Music has long been an important part of advancing social change and we are thrilled to be partnering with such a spectacular group of talented musicians committed to social justice.”

Over the last year, the Trump administration has continued to separate families seeking safety at the U.S. border with Mexico, severely curtailed the ability to make asylum claims at the border, and sought to indefinitely detain migrant and asylum-seeking children in detention centers. 

“WRC is on the front lines fighting back against the administration’s inhumane immigration policies,” said Costa. “We go into detention centers to hear directly from women and children about how these policies are devastating their lives. Right now, more then ever, we need voices from across the country speaking out in support of human rights, which is why this tour is so important. Together, we can make a difference.” 

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Just Announced: The Lantern Tour II: Concerts for Migrant and Refugee Families

Just Announced: The Lantern Tour II: Concerts for Migrant and Refugee Families

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EXCITING NEWS: “The Lantern Tour II: Concerts for Migrant and Refugee Families” is going nationwide with music legends Jackson Brown, Steve Earle, Patty Griffin, and more! Proceeds go to WRC! Learn more at

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Billboard Premieres Video for ‘A Human Touch’

‘A Human Touch’ Video Premiere

Head to Billboard for the video premiere of “A Human Touch” and the story of how Leslie Mendelson and Jackson Browne collaborated to write this powerful song for the documentary film 5b.

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New Single “A Human Touch” Released Today

Human Touch Released Today!

Written for the documentary film ‘5B,’ “A Human Touch” is a song about just that, the human touch. In the documentary film the nurses and doctors of 5B altered the way those living with AIDS were cared for and gave hope to those affected.

Song written and performed by Jackson Browne and Leslie Mendelson

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Sept 5th: Jackson Browne with Greg Leisz, Alethea Mills & Chavonne Stewart

A Benefit Concert for Cayucos Land Conservancy

Jackson Browne Sept 5 Benefit

Singer songwriter Jackson Browne has defined a genre of songwriting charged with honesty, emotion and personal politics. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 2007, Browne has written and recorded songs such as “These Days”, “The Pretender”, “Running on Empty”. Known for his advocacy on behalf of the environment, this concert will benefit the Cayucos Land Conservancy. Browne will be accompanied by longtime band mates and vocalists Alethea Mills and Chavonne Stewart, and the acclaimed multi-instrumentalist Greg Leisz.

Established in 1999 as a non-profit land trust, the Cayucos Land Conservancy (CLC) is committed to the enduring preservation of the rural greenbelt that surrounds the coastal town of Cayucos, California. CLC is on a multi-million dollar fundraising campaign to purchase more of the hillside parcel/lots outside the urban service line and to help fund the purchase of the southern boundary’s Chevron Property which includes “Dog Beach.” For more information, please visit

Pre-sale Thurs, 6/20 10AM – 10PM with password – PACSLO

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Tickets on sale Friday, June 21 at 10:00 AM

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA (June 17, 2019) – Singer Songwriter Jackson Browne announces an acoustic concert at Performing Arts Center San Luis Obispo on Thursday, September 5 th at 7:30 PM. Tickets go on sale beginning this Friday, June 21 at 10 AM (Pacific Time). Advance ticket information is available at . Accompanying Jackson during the March and April shows are longtime band mates and vocalists Alethea Mills and Chavonne Stewart, and the acclaimed multi-instrumentalist Greg Leisz. Established in 1999 as a non-profit land trust, the Cayucos Land Conservancy (CLC) is committed to the enduring preservation of the rural greenbelt that surrounds the coastal town of Cayucos, California. Preserving coastal bluffs and rolling hillsides with their many natural and scenic resources for future generations is the land conservancy’s primary goal. CLC is on a multi-million dollar fundraising campaign to purchase more of the hillside parcel/lots outside the urban service line (CLC owns 20% or 345 parcels of the paper lots bordering the east side of town) and to help fund the purchase of the southern boundary’s Chevron Property which includes “Dog Beach.”
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LOS ANGELES – Jackson Browne went on tour in 1977 with a remarkable group of musicians to create an album about the road, on the road. The result was Running on Empty, a musical portrait of life on tour that is as brutally honest as it is achingly beautiful. Paul Nelson wrote in his original Rolling Stone review of the album that “Browne has consciously created a documentary, as brightly prosaic as it is darkly poetic, with a keen eye for the mundane as well as the magical.”

A new version of Running On Empty with newly remastered sound and a faithful reproduction of the original artwork will be available July 5 on CD ($14.98), 180-gram vinyl ($24.98), and through digital download and streaming services. The album was mastered by Gavin Lurssen of Lurssen Mastering. The vinyl was mastered by Ron McMaster, and manufactured on 180-gram vinyl by the Pallas Group.

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The album features 10 live performances recorded in 1977 between August 17 and September 18 by Browne and his band: guitarist Danny Kortchmar; David Lindley on fiddle and lap steel guitar; keyboardist Craig Doerge; bassist Leland Sklar; drummer Russ Kunkel; and background vocalists Doug Haywood and Rosemary Butler. Together, they took an unconventional and, at the time, profoundly innovative approach to recording these songs, opting for natural settings while on the road, such as a Holiday Inn hotel room, a backstage rehearsal space, on a tour bus, and on stage.

Cameron Crowe has previously noted on the album: “More than a live recording, Running On Empty was closer to a life recording,” adding that Browne was backed by his “mightiest band yet.”

The New York Times foresaw the album’s future influence in their 1978 review, predicting that “this album and its success may prove to be a powerful leavening influence, on both Mr. Browne and other singer‐songwriters whose ambitions are even remotely like his own.”

Running On Empty is Browne’s biggest-selling album, peaking at #3 on the Billboard albums chart, and has been certified 7x Platinum by the RIAA for sales of over seven million copies.


Track Listing

  1. “Running On Empty”
  2. “The Road”
  3. “Rosie”
  4. “You Love The Thunder”
  5. “Cocaine”
  6. “Shaky Town”
  7. “Love Needs A Heart”
  8. “Nothing But Time”
  9. “The Load-Out”
  10. “Stay”
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(Los Angeles, March 11, 2019). Singer Songwriter Jackson Browne announces tour dates with his band this August in the Northwest and on the West Coast. New dates include shows in Sandpoint and Sun Valley, ID; Missoula, MT; Saratoga and Costa Mesa, CA; and a three-night residency in Las Vegas, NV. Tickets for Sandpoint, ID go on sale today. Tickets for the remaining August dates begin on sales this Friday, March 15 at 10 AM (Pacific Time). Advance ticket information is available at

Accompanying Jackson this August are longtime band mates Bob Glaub (bass), Mauricio Lewak (drums), Alethea Mills (vocals), Chavonne Stewart (vocals), Jeff Young (keyboards, vocals), and the acclaimed multi-instrumentalist Greg Leisz (guitar, lap steel, pedal steel).

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2019 Jackson Browne Full Band Tour (August)

Friday, August 2 Big Sky Missoula, MT

Saturday, August 3 Festival at Sandpoint Sandpoint, ID

Monday, August 5 River Run Lodge Ketchum, ID

Thursday, August 8 Redding Civic Auditorium Redding, CA

Saturday, August 10 Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harvey’s Stateline, NV

Sunday, August 11 Rabobank Theater Bakersfield, CA

Tuesday, August 13 Mountain Winery Saratoga, CA

Wednesday, August 14 Mountain Winery Saratoga, CA

Friday, August 16 Pacific Amphitheatre (OC Fair) Costa Mesa, CA

Sunday, August 18 Warnors Theater Fresno, CA

Monday, August 19 Sunset Center Carmel, CA

Wednesday, August 21 The Venetian Las Vegas, NV

Friday, August 23 The Venetian Las Vegas, NV

Saturday, August 24 The Venetian Las Vegas, NV

Previously Announced

Jackson Browne Full Band Tour (June/July)

Sunday, June 23 Beacon Theatre New York, NY *with Lucius

Monday, June 24 Beacon Theatre New York, NY *with Lucius

Wednesday, June 26 Beacon Theatre New York, NY *with Lucius

Friday, June 28 Beacon Theatre New York, NY *with Lucius

Saturday, June 29 Toyota Oakdale Theater Wallingford, CT

Tuesday, July 2 Blue Hills Bank Pavilion Boston, MA

Wednesday, July 3 Wolf Trap Vienna, VA

Friday, July 5 Saratoga Performing Arts Center Saratoga Springs, NY *with Lucius

Saturday, July 6 Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Bethel, NY *with Lucius

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