Watch Jackson Browne and His Band Play His New Song “My Cleveland Heart” on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’

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A few weeks back, legendary singer/songwriter Jackson Browne released a new single titled “My Cleveland Heart.” It’s a preview of his forthcoming studio album, Downhill from Everywhere, which will be released on July 23.

On Thursday night, Browne and his band delivered a great performance of the track for Jimmy Kimmel Live!, a lively rendition that accentuated the track’s engaging melody and expert use of slide guitar:

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Browne’s band mates Val McCallum, Greg Leisz, Pete Thomas, Dave Faragher, Jeff Young, Mauricio Lewak, and Bob Glaub appear in the amusing music video for the song, which also features a silent Phoebe Bridgers in an unexpected cameo appearance:

As Browne told Rolling Stone, he was inspired by Bridgers’ own music video for “I Know the End,” one of the most crucial cuts on her excellent 2020 album Punisher. That video was directed by Alissa Torvinen, whom Browne reached out to when conceptualizing a video for “My Cleveland Heart”:

“It was the most fun I’ve ever had making a video,” he says. “I’m a big fan of Phoebe, so I picked Alissa. And then it was really sort of in the last days of planning that someone said, ‘Phoebe could be one of these nurses.’ From there, it was pretty much improvised.”

“What an honor to collaborate with Jackson,” said Torvinen on the making of the video. “His creativity is inspiring, not solely in music, but in everything he puts his energy into. We came up with a script for the video very serendipitously, and Phoebe joining us was a wonderful surprise. The way she received Jackson’s heart and the shot of her watching from the wings . . . perfectly dark and poetic and Phoebe.”

As for the Bridgers cameo, Browne offered up this bit of biting wit:

“I thought it was really appropriate to take out my worn-out, useless heart and hand it to Phoebe,” he said. “Who better to hand [it] to than somebody young, strong, and possibly as cynical as me?”

“My Cleveland Heart” is the latest song shared from the new Jackson Browne album, following “A Little Soon to Say”:

And the title track:

Beginning in late July, Browne will head out on a co-headlining tour with James Taylor. The rescheduled tour, which was supposed to start in 2020 but was pushed back due to the pandemic, will hit the following cities and venues:

July 29 – Chicago, IL – United Center
July 31 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center
August 1- Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Center
August 3 – Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints Arena
August 4 – Dayton, OH – Nutter Center
August 6 – Charleston, WV – Charleston Coliseum
August 11 – Roanoke, VA – Berglund Center Coliseum
August 13 – Louisville, KY – KFC Yum! Center
August 14 – Memphis, TN – FedExForum
August 16 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
August 17 – Atlanta, GA – Infinite Energy Center
August 19 – Hershey, PA – Giant Center
August 21 – Bethel, NY – Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
August 25 – Camden, NJ – BB&T Center
August 27 – Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health @ Jones Beach
August 28 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
October 16 – New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King Center
October 17 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
October 19 – Ft. Worth, TX – Dickies Arena
October 22 – Salt Lake City, UT – Maverik Center
October 23 – Boise, ID – ExtraMile Arena
October 25 – Portland, OR – Moda Center
October 27 – Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome
October 29 – San Francisco, CA – Chase Center
October 30 – Anaheim, CA – Honda Center
November 1 – San Diego, CA – Pechanga Arena

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