Jackson Browne at Tanglewood July 4, 2013
July 4, 2013 performance; by Dave Read
Jackson Browne attracted an immense audience to the 2013 Fourth of July concert at Tanglewood, which included Sara Watkins in the 7pm opening slot. This was a much larger audience than attended his 1999 gig on a bill with Bonnie Raitt, but had to be less than the 21K in attendance for his 1977 performance. It had to be less because the BSO agreed to limit ticket sales to 18,000 in the wake of the 24,470 that clogged Stockbridge and Lenox roads and delayed the start of July 17, 2002 performance of the Boston Pops with special guest James Taylor.
Jackson Browne recounted his previous concerts at Tanglewood, which he described as “…James Taylor’s house.” The presence of frequent Taylor sideman Danny “Kootch” Kortchmar, and a rendition of Sweet Baby James were further connections to Tanglewood’s favorite popular artist son who is on hiatus from touring while he works on a new album. Read a full review of the concert at masslive.com.