Jackson Browne - Red Neck Friend

First performance: 30/06/1989


Coverinfo

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There is an audio though were Bruce eventually can be heard on 1:17.
 
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With Jackson Browne at the luxury hotel and casino on the Atlantic City boardwalk. Bruce is sometimes reported as having also performed on "Redneck Friend", but this is unconfirmed.
 
 

Songinfo

"Redneck Friend" is a song written and performed by Jackson Browne , released as the first single from his 1973 album, For Everyman, and notable for its double entendre lyrics and guest appearances by Glenn Frey and Elton John, as well as the first appearance of David Lindley on a Jackson Browne single.
 
 
 

Other cover versions

Bruce on the artist

Bruce inducted Jackson Browne into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

2004-03-15 - WALDORF-ASTORIA HOTEL, NY

Bruce inducts Jackson Browne into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at a ceremony in New York City. In his speech, Bruce recalled first seeing Browne at the Bitter End in the early seventies after he played his own set at Max's Kansas City. He also noted that the audiences the two drew were a little different. "Jackson Browne was a bona fide rock'n'roll sex star", said Springsteen. "Now, being a little competitive, I also noticed that while the E Street Band and I were sweatin' our asses off for hours just to put some fannies in the seats, that obviously due to what must have been some strong homo-erotic undercurrent in our music, we were drawing rooms filled with men. Not that great lookin' men either. Meanwhile, Jackson is drawing more women than an Indigo Girls show!" Bruce did not perform at the ceremony, which featured performances by Browne, Prince and Bob Seger.
 
Speech inducting Jackson Browne into the Rock’n’ Roll Hall of Fame:
 
"I first met Jackson Browne in the early seventies. It was at the Bitter End. I was brought down there by David Blue, a folk singer, after a set I did at Max's Kansas City. On David Blue's word, Jackson was kind enough to let somebody he'd just met get up on stage and play a song during his set. I watched Jackson play. That night he was accompanied by his great sideman, David Lindley. As I listened that night I knew that this guy was simply one of the best. Each song was like a diamond and my first thought was 'damn, he´s good.' My second thought was 'I need less words.' The emotions of all the music was right out there on the sleeve and I've remained a major, major fan since then. I remember watching him that night and he was kind of quintessentially California, right down to, like, the lost surfer haircut; good lookin' guy, great songwriter and we became pretty friendly. So over the next few years, Jackson was gracious enough to let me open up at several of his gigs. Now being a little competitive, the first thing I noticed was Jackson didn't have much of a show. He just stood there in the baggy jeans and the t-shirt, singing his serious songs. That was it. Being a little competitive, I also noticed that Jackson drew an enormous amount of good looking women. Great lookin' women who stood there staring at the stage, entranced. His hair was perfect. And that was something I aspired to myself. Both the hair and the women. So, tonight this is an unlooked-at part of Jackson's work that I'd like to focus on for a moment. The great songwriting? Alright. I could deal with that. I don't need to stand here tonight and dwell on the obvious. But the gals that came to the show! You see, what most people don't realize - and for me this was a big part of Jackson's rock 'n' roll credentials - was that Jackson Browne was a bona fide rock´n´roll sex star. And my wife says he still is. He tried to hide it but not too much, I guess. Now, being a little competitive, I also noticed that while the E Street Band and I were sweatin' our asses off for hours just to put some fannies in the seats, that obviously due to what must have been some strong homo-erotic undercurrent in our music, we were drawing rooms filled with men. Not that great lookin' men either. Meanwhile, Jackson is drawing more women than an Indigo Girls show. It's true that Jackson wrote some of the most beautiful breakin' up music, break your heart music of all: ´Sky Blue and Black´, ´Linda Paloma’, ´In The Shape of a Heart´. I think that´s what drew women to Jackson, besides the obvious, was that they finally felt they were listening to a guy who knew as much about love as they did. And what drew men to Jackson, besides the obvious, I guess, was that when they listened to him, they realized they knew more about love than they thought they did. In the seventies, post-Vietnam America, there was no album that captured the fall from Eden, the long, slow after-burn of the sixties; it's heartbreak, it's disappointments, it's spent possibilities better than Jackson's masterpiece, Late For the Sky. It's just a beautiful body of work. It's essential in making sense of the times. ´Before the Deluge´ still gives me goosebumps and it raises me to cause. Late For the Sky, when those car doors slam at the end of the record, they still bring tears. And there was no more searching, yearning, loving music made for and about America at the time. In this and so much of Jackson's writing, the slow meticulous crafting of the songs, the thoughtfulness. Jackson was one of the first songwriters I met who demonstrated the value of thinking hard about what you were saying, your subject. ´The Pretender´, ´These Days´, ´For Everyman´, ´I'm Alive´, ´Fountain of Sorrow´, ´Running on Empty´, ´For a Dancer´, ´Before the Deluge´. Now, I know the Eagles got in first, but, let's face it, and I think Don Henley would agree with me, these are the songs they wish they'd written. I wish I'd written them myself, along with ´Like A Rolling Stone´ and ´Satisfaction´. But, uh, Jackson's influence and his voice has always been his own. He's one of the true activist musicians I've ever known. World In Motion, Looking East, Lives In the Balance, he followed his muse wherever it took him. Risked his, and he paid whatever the cost. He's long put his mouth, his money, and his body where his politics are. Lives In The Balance sounds more urgent today than it ever did. The Beach Boys and Brian Wilson, they gave us California as paradise and Jackson Browne gave us Paradise Lost. Now I always imagine, what if Brian Wilson, long after he'd taken a bite of that orange the serpent offered to him, what if he married that nice girl in ´Caroline No´ - I always figured that she was pregnant anyway - and what if he moved into the valley and had two sons? One of them would have looked and sounded just like Jackson Browne. Cain, of course, would have been Jackson's brother-in-arms, Warren Zevon. We love you, Warren. But, Jackson to me, Jackson was always the tempered voice of Abel. Toiling in the vineyards, here to bear the earthly burdens, confronting the impossibility of love, here to do his father's work. Jackson's work was really California pop gospel. Listen to the chord changes of ´Rock Me On the Water´ and ´Before the Deluge´, it's gospel through and through. Now I always thought that in our fall from Eden, besides the strains of physicality and the bearing of earthly burdens, our real earthly task was that an unbridgeable gap, or a black hole was opened up in our ability to truly love one another. And so our job here on earth, the way we regain our divinity, our sacredness, and our general good-standing is by reconstructing love and creating love out of the broken pieces that we've been given. That's all we have of human promise. That's the way we prove ourselves in the eyes of God and facilitate our own redemption. Now, to me Jackson Browne's work was always the sound of that reconstruction. So as he writes in ´The Pretender´: ´We'll put our dark glasses on, and we'll make love until our strength is gone, and when the morning light comes shinin' in, we'll get up and do it again´. Amen." Ladies and gentlemen, please join me in welcoming my very handsome friend, Jackson Browne into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame.´´

Acceptence speech Jackson Browne

Bruce also covered Maurice Williams and The Zodiacs ' version of stay together with Jackson Browne. Jackson recorded the song with revised lyrics on his 1977 album Running on Empty.  
 
Bruce had 29 performances together with Jackson Browne

All appearances with Springsteen:

1973-10-06 - VILLANOVA FIELD HOUSE, VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY, VILLANOVA, PA
1975-09-04 - THE MAIN POINT, BRYN MAWR, PA

1979-09-21 - MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NEW YORK CITY
M.U.S.E. Benefit
 
1979-09-22 - MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NEW YORK CITY
M.U.S.E. Benefit

1980-08-16 - THE FORUM, INGLEWOOD, CA
1980-11-01 - LOS ANGELES MEMORIAL SPORTS ARENA, LA
1980-11-03 - LOS ANGELES MEMORIAL SPORTS ARENA, LA

1981-06-14 - HOLLYWOOD BOWL, LOS ANGELES, CA
Survival Sunday Benefit

1982-06-12 - CENTRAL PARK, NEW YORK CITY
Rally for Disarmament

1983-08-02 - MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NEW YORK CITY

1985-07-00 - SHAKEDOWN STUDIOS, NEW YORK CITY
Artists United Against Apartheid recording session

1987-09-30 - COCOANUT GROVE, AMBASSADOR HOTEL, LA
Roy Orbison's Black & White Night

1989-06-30 - BALLY'S, ATLANTIC CITY

1990-11-16 - SHRINE AUDITORIUM, LA
Christic Institute Benefit

1990-11-17 - SHRINE AUDITORIUM, LA
Christic Institute Benefit

1991-01-16 - WALDORF-ASTORIA HOTEL, NEW YORK CITY
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

1994-11-13 - CASTAIC LAKE, CASTAIC, CA
18. 1999-09-03 - MCI CENTER, WASHINGTON, DC

2002-12-00 - CHEROKEE STUDIOS, HOLLYWOOD, CA
Warren Zevon recording session

2004-03-16 - BEACON THEATRE, NEW YORK CITY
2004-10-11 - MCI CENTER, WASHINGTON, DC
2004-10-13 - CONTINENTAL AIRLINES ARENA, EAST RUTHERFORD

2007-06-11 - THE LIGHTHOUSE AT CHELSEA PIERS, NEW YORK CITY
World Hunger Year Gala

2007-06-12 - JOAN AND ROBERT RECHNITZ THEATER, RED BANK

2009-10-29 - MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NEW YORK CITY
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary Concert

2011-06-21 - ROYAL POINCIANA CHAPEL, PALM BEACH, FL
Clarence Clemons funeral

2013-02-08 - LOS ANGELES CONVENTION CENTER, LA
MusiCares Person of the Year

2015-09-22 - COUNT BASIE THEATRE, RED BANK

2017-09-21 - PNC BANK ARTS CENTER, HOLMDEL
Laid Back Festival with Little Steven, Jackson Browne
 

Lyrics

Pretty little one
How has it all begun?
They're teaching you how to walk
But you're already on the run
Little one-
What you gonna do?
Little one-
Honey, it's all up to you

Now your daddy's in the den shootin' up the evening news
Mama's with a friend, lately she's been so confused
Little one-
Come on and take my hand
I may not have the answer but I believe I got a plan

Honey you shake and I'll rattle and we'll roll on down the line
And see if we can't get in touch with a very close friend of mine
But let me clue you in, it ain't like him
To argue or pretend-
Honey let me introduce you to my redneck friend

Well they've got a little list of all those things of which they don't approve
They've got to keep their eyes on you or you might make your move
Little one-
I really wish you would
Little one-
I think the damage would do you good

Honey you shake and I'll rattle and we'll roll on down the line
We're going to forget all about the battle
It's gonna feel so fine
'Cause he's the missing link, the kitchen sink-
Eleven on a scale of ten
Honey let me introduce you to my redneck friend

Honey you shake and I'll rattle and we'll roll on down the line
I'm going to try to swing you up into my saddle
And then we'll run but you'll think we're flyin'
Now honey don't just stand there
Lookin' like this dream will never end
Honey let me introduce you to my redneck friend