Jackson Browne: Still Takin’ It Easy

I’m not in the habit of writing concert reviews but I’m compelled to do so for Jackson Browne, currently on the last leg of his West Coast tour. His performance this week at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Center was before a crowd of 1,800 but he made it feel like an intimate gathering. Even at 64 years old, Browne retains his boyish charm and personality, along with his youthful mop-top hairstyle. Browne is not a slick entertainer. He’s a tender troubadour with a fierce social conscience, whose message speaks loud and clear through his simple and often poignant lyrics. The stories of lost love, melancholy, despair and hope still ring true decades after many of his songs were written.