Jackson Browne “Standing in the Breach” at Benedum; Billy Price at Andys (CPs Sun., 10/12/14)

Jackson Browne getting ready for the show. Photo credit: Jackson Browne, courtesy of the artist.

Jackson Browne getting ready for the show.
Photo credit: Jackson Browne, courtesy of the artist.

1) Running on Empty —the 1978 Jackson Browne album—spawned several hot singles including “The Loadout,” “Stay,” and the title track “Running on Empty.” The album reached no. 3 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart and stayed on the chart for 65 weeks, achieving platinum status, and was nominated in 1979 for the Grammy Award for Album of the Year (losing to Saturday Night Fever). Browne was also nominated that year for Pop Male Vocalist (losing to Barry Manilow, who had “Copacabana (At The Copa)” out during the same period). Other highly popular songs from the Jackson Browne songbook include “Doctor My Eyes,” “The Pretender,” and “Lawyers in Love.” Whether a soft ballad or uptempo rocker, Browne’s vocals and music always retain a melodic balance.

Browne was born in Germany, where his dad was stationed in the U.S. Armed Forces, then was raised in Los Angeles. He was a member of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band for several years and even co-wrote the song “Take it Easy” with Eagles band member Glenn Frey. Both Browne and the Eagles released the song, with the latter achieving greater popularity. He is currently touring in support of his 14th studio album, Standing in the Breach, just released on Oct. 7Browne has performed with top recording artists too numerous to list. Tonight’s show is a great opportunity to enjoy a concert from a highly talented American singer, writer, and musician. Browne is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 7:30 p.m. Benedum Center, 237 7th St., Cultural District.

2) Soul man Billy Price is performing an early show at the Fairmont Hotel with the Billy Price Band. Price has been a fixture on the Pittsburgh R&B scene since the early ’70s, first as a singer for noted national guitarist Roy Buchanan. Next he formed the Keystone Rhythm Band, which was one of the hottest bands in the Pittsburgh region for over 13 years. After that Price went on to achieve success as a solo artist and with his band. Price (and band) released his 13th album, Strong, in 2013. 7-10 p.m. No cover. 510 Market St., Downtown.


3) The Good Lie is an inspirational film about African refugees being resettled in Kansas. Reese Witherspoon plays a worker trying to help them create a new life. Based on stories from the book The Lost Boys of Sudan by Mark Bixler, the film is a hopeful story of people and cultures coming together to help one another. Check Fandango for local venues and screening times.

4) For a look at what today’s Allegheny County RADical Days’ free events are, visit the RADical Days Website.

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