The Random Griffith

Aboot this Jackson Griffith fellow who’s writing all these blog posts

Hi. My name is Jackson Griffith. Some of you know me by my middle name, which is Brian. I’m 55 years old, I currently live in Sacramento, California, and I’m single, or divorced if you’d like to get more specific. I’m generically American, genetically Scottish and some other stuff, including Bohemian and Choctaw, and I’m culturally Canadian. By trade I’m a longtime writer and editor (16 years at Tower Records Pulse magazine under my name or the nom-de-plume Nesbitt Bireley, then four and a half years at Sacramento News & Review as arts editor and, later, three years as a weekly columnist); by hobby I’m a songwriter, singer and guitarist. For you astrology buffs, I’m an 00 Aries 40 Sun with 26 Virgo 09 rising and 03 Pisces 30 Moon, the latter conjunct my 05 Pisces 33 Mercury. I could give you more but that might bore you. I tell people I’m 5’19” but I’m really 6’7″, so Mini cars and cheap airline seats can be a problem. I’m generally vegetarian, I’ve historically favored brunettes, my musical tastes range all over the map, from Scott Joplin to punk and electronica, with a big affinity for Americana, especially from Texas, and, believe it or not, I do enjoy romantic walks on the beach, with bonus points if we stumble across a labyrinth etched into the sand. I was born in Berkeley but grew up in Stockton; please don’t hold that against me. I don’t. I get around on a bicycle, because my jet pack is in the shop. My parents have both gone to that big gin rummy game and Dean Martin Friar’s Club roast in the sky, but I have a daughter in Chico, a brother in Portland, another brother in Olympia and a sister in Spokane. If I need to declare a religion it’s Buddhist, and I practice daily Vipassana (Buddhist insight meditation) and Metta (lovingkindness affirmations). I also practice recovery as laid out by a couple of guys in Akron, Ohio back in the late 1930s, as I’ve been clean and sober since September 1992, one day at a time. There’s probably more, but I can’t remember it right now.

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  1. junk said, on 20/04/2010 at 14:05

    i like you.

    • Jackson Griffith said, on 21/04/2010 at 01:58

      And I like you, too. i don’t know who you are, but I like you. Have a sweet day.

  2. Dan Weber said, on 10/05/2010 at 23:28

    Jackson, used to be a Pulse! subscriber and loved your monthly review columns for that mag. In particular, I remember a review that opened with you reminiscing about seeing Graham Parker in Morocco, circa 1970 or so. Would you happen to have a copy of that?
    I dug it a lot. Hope you’re well and writing more great stuff.

    • Jackson Griffith said, on 11/05/2010 at 05:45

      Thanks, Dan. Although it must’ve been someone else reminiscing about seeing Graham Parker in Morocco. I’ve seen Graham a few times, but always in California, and the only times I’ve been too Morocco have been metaphorically via the magic carpet ride from several healthy pipeloads of kif. Sorry to say I don’t have any old Pulses save a copy of one with my 1994 cover story on Johnny Cash; my collection burned up in a 2001 house fire, with most of my record collection and a bunch of irreplaceable personal stuff.

      Yeah, still writing, though. Cheers, Jackson, aka Nesbitt Bireley (my nom de plume).

  3. SIA said, on 15/05/2010 at 11:24

    Hi Jackson, saw your comments on Starlight News and came to check out your blog. I too am a friend of that little group that started up in Akron some years back – been C&S since 1980. As my SO says, I’m so dry I’m a fire hazard! As they say, one (sometimes wrenching) day at a time.

  4. SIA said, on 15/05/2010 at 11:27

    Hmmm – left a comment but it seems to have disappeared! Well was just going to say – one day at a time! I’m a friend of Bill & Bob’s too, since 1980. Sometimes one day at a time is anguish, but each day comes to an end. Saw your comments at Starlight News. Good thoughts.

    • SIA said, on 15/05/2010 at 11:29

      Ah ha! there’s my lost comment! And mercury is direct!

  5. Robert K. Lee said, on 20/11/2011 at 11:02


    I was recently reading about the Sacramento music scene and ran across your article about the early 80’s. I was surprised to see myself mentioned in your comments about the China Wagon. You’ll probably be happy to learn that the party goes on, only now I’m living in Hilo, Hawaii and the rotating party crew is now international, arranged through You can see my profile at: Check out the photos – Hosting CouchSurfers has proved to be big fun. Hawaii attracts an awesome blend of people.

    Hasa Diga Eebowailoha,
    Rev. R. K. “Bob” Lee
    Church of the Immaculate ’57 Chevy

  6. JP said, on 11/11/2016 at 05:03

    Jackson, did you ever find Ron Schmeck?

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