1977 Jackson Browne – Running On Empty

Running on Empty is the fifth album by American singer-songwriter Jackson Browne. Released in 1977, the album reached #3 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart in 1978 and stayed on the charts for 65 weeks. The single for the title track, “Running on Empty”, peaked at #11 and the follow-up single, “The Load-Out”/”Stay”, reached #20 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart.

The album received two Grammy Award nominations in 1979: one for Album of the Year and the other for Pop Male Vocal Performance for the song “Running on Empty”.

In addition to tracks recorded on-stage during concerts, it also contains songs recorded in hotel rooms, on the tour bus, and backstage. It is unusual among live albums in that none of the tracks had ever appeared on a previous studio album. Browne was the sole writer on only two songs, co-writing four others and covering another four. The theme of the album was life on the road.


Running On Empty (Jackson Browne) 5:31
2  The Road (Danny O’Keefe) 4:46
3  Rosie (Jackson Browne, Donald Miller) 3:41
4  You Love The Thunder (Jackson Browne) 3:57
5  Cocaine (Reverend Gary Davis, Jackson Browne, Glenn Frey) 4:52
6  Shaky Town (Danny Kortchmar) 3:39
7  Love Needs A Heart (Jackson Browne, Valerie Carter, Lowell George) 3:30
8  Nothing But Time (Jackson Browne, Howard Burke) 3:16
9  The Load Out (Jackson Browne, Bryan Garofalo) 5:56
10  Stay (Maurice Williams) 3:25


BassLeland Sklar
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarDanny Kortchmar
GuitarJackson Browne
Steel GuitarDavid Lindley
KeyboardsCraig Doerge
PianoJackson Browne
FiddleDavid Lindley
Background VocalsDoug Haywood
Background VocalsRosemary Butler
VocalsJackson Browne

Liner Notes

Producer – Jackson Browne
Production Manager – Donald Miller
Production Manager (Tour Manager) – Howard Burke
Coordinator (Tour Booked By) – Peter Golden
Crew (Bus Driver) – Thomas Gustaferro
Crew (House Mixer) – Jim Bornhorst
Crew (Monitor Mixers) – Bill Gans, Rance Caldwell
Crew (Road Crew) – Bill Thompson, Ed Kolakowski, Eric Deterding, Jan Alahandro, Michael Deterding
Crew (Truck Drivers) – Byron Lisenbee, Jimmy Deluca, Mike Rogers
Engineer – Greg Ladanyi
Engineer (Assisted On Hotel And Bus Recordings) – David Hewitt, Mark Salwasser, Norman Mershon
Engineer (Assisted On Stage Recordings) – Russell Schmitt, Tom Walsh
Lighting (Lighting Crew) – Alan Owen (2), Jim Waits, Kevin Di Piazza
Mastered By – Bernie Grundman
Mixed By (Assisted By) – Dennis Kirk, George Ybarra
Technician (Technical Advisor) – Chris Cabral
Technician (With Thanks To) – Dave Hassinger, Jim Nipar

Art Direction, Design – Jimmy Wachtel
Photography By (Where Noted) – Aaron Rapoport
Photography By, Photography By (Tour Photographer) – Joel Bernstein

Track 1, 9: Recorded live on stage at Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, Maryland — 8/27/77.
Track 2: Recorded in room 301 at the Cross Keys Inn, Columbia, Maryland — 8/27/77 (thanks to Pete Wiley); and on stage at the Garden State Arts Center, Holmdale, New Jersey — 9/7/77. For Judy.
Track 3: Recorded backstage in the big rehearsal room at Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Sarasota Springs, New York — 9/1/77.
Track 4: Recorded live on stage at the Garden State Arts Center, Holmdale, New Jersey — 9/6/77.
Track 5: Recorded in room 124 at the Holiday Inn, Edwardsville, Illinois — 8/17/77.
Any resemblance to persons living or nearly dead…
Track 6: Recorded in room 124 at the Holiday Inn, Edwardsville, Illinois — 8/18/77.
The author sings harmony.
Track 7: Recorded live at the Universal Ampitheatre, Universal City, California — 9/17/77.
Track 8: Recorded on a bus (a Continental Silver Eagle) somewhere in New Jersey — 9/8/77.
Track 10: The Zodiacs don’t mind

Phonographic Copyright (p) – Elektra/Asylum Records
Copyright (c) – Elektra/Asylum Records
Mixed At – The Sound Factory
Mastered At – A&M Studios
Pressed By – PRC Recording Company, Compton, CA
Manufactured By – Elektra/Asylum/Nonesuch Records
Published By – Swallow Turn Music
Published By – Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.
Published By – Road Canon Music
Published By – Chandos Music
Published By – Kortchmar Music
Published By – Naked Snake Music
Published By – Vanilla Grits Music
Published By – Gianni Music
Published By – Cherio Corp.