The new single from Jackson Browne’s 1st album in 6 years, “Downhill From Everywhere”, “My Cleveland Heart”, is released today, May 21st, 2021. Co-written with guitarist Val McCallum, the playful track imagines the liberation that would come from replacing our fallible, human hearts with unbreakable, artificial ones, “they’re made to take a bashin’, and never lose their passion”.
Half a century ago, Tom Rush’s recording of “These Days” introduced the folk music world to Jackson Browne, astonishingly 16 years old when he wrote the song. His debut album soon followed along with its hit “Doctor My Eyes.” Nearly 5 decades since, the songs on Jackson Browne’s new album “Downhill From Everywhere” sustain the soulful intimacy of his 1st release, combined with a power and wisdom gained from a life pursuing positive change.
With “Downhill From Everywhere”, Browne doesn’t just catch us while we’re dreaming, he challenges us to dream bigger. The songs are ultimately portraits, of people, of places, of possibilities, that appeal to our fundamental humanity, to the joy and pain and love and sadness and hope and desire that bind us all, not only to each other, but to those who came before and the generations still to come.
Inside Recordings will release “Downhill From Everywhere” on July 23rd, 2021.