Ron Greene is a singer/songwriter who performs groove oriented, soulful alt-pop music specializing in lyrics about life, love and the world around us. Picture a blend of Lenny Kravitz and his soulful rock blended with the bluesy pop of John Mayer - thats the sound Ron Greene and his band The Right bring to their performances.
Ron has been a dynamic musical presence as a professional musician and solo artist, spending the last decade performing throughout the Northwest and West coast. As a soloist Greene’s intimate stage presence has gained him a reputation as a passionate singer. When backed by his band, The Right, the energetic and fun-filled performances have audiences clapping, dancing, and having a good time. This wide range of talent and artistic depth have made it possible for Ron to thrive in just about every setting imaginable. Ron has shared the stage with a wide range of international acts including Rusted Root, Tyrone Wells, Paulo Nutini, Serena Ryder, Zee Avi, REHAB, One Eskimo, Dave Barnes, Jerad Finck and the legendary Kings X and played at various venues such as Broad Street Ballroom - New York, NY, Seattle University, Portland University, Choochokam Arts & Music Festival - Whidbey Island, WA, Coeur d'Alene Casino - Worley, ID., Coeur d'Alene Resort - Coeur d'Alene, ID., Spokane Fall Folk Festival - Spokane, WA., Tumbleweed Music Festival - Richland, WA., Knitting Factory - Spokane, WA., & KXLY TV “Good Morning Northwest” - Spokane, WA.
Greene’s commitment to his craft and his fans has firmly established Ron in the Northwest music scene. Not only audiences but media and industry people are taking notice - consider the following -
“Ron Greene has an impressive set of pipes, plain and simple...... a voice with a phenomenal range and register” Jeff Echert - Northwest Inlander Magazine
“Ron Greene’s debut album “Sketches” is..... perhaps the most overlooked album of the year...... a freaking good album filled with amazingly expressive, rootsy acoustic soul music..... hip shaking & groovin’ one minute, completely somber and instrospective the next” Pope JTE - The Ripple Effect CD Review
“I’ve had the pleasure of booking Ron Greene at two very different and distinct venues - the first, an all ages coffee shop - the second, an upscale winery. Greene has always had the attention of the at both venues. His charisma on stage enthralls all types of music lovers....” Patrick Kendrick, Platform Booking
With great anticipation Ron looks forward to the coming weeks, months, and years as he continues developing a great connection with his fan base and continues to release music that touches people on a personal level and moves their mind and bodies.
Winner - 2007 - HitStreet Records Talent Search (Spokane, WA)
2012 - Boise Music Festival (Boise, ID)
2012 - Pig Out In The Park (Spokane, WA)
2012 - Coeur d'Alene Music Festival (Coeur d'Alene, ID)
2011 - Pig Out In The Park (Spokane, WA)
2010 Pig Out In The Park (Spokane, WA)
2010 Live/Love/Give Event (New York, NY) opening for Rusted Root
2009 Pig Out At The Park (Spokane, WA)
2009 Choochokam Music & Arts Festival **Main Stage**(Langley, WA)
2009 Kings X @ The Grail (Coeur d'Alene, ID) opening slot
2009 Whidbey Island Emerging Artist Festival (Langley, WA)
2009 Spokane River 99.9 FM Spring Thing (Spokane, WA) opening for Paulo Nutini & Serena Ryder
2008 Choochokam Arts Festival (Langley, WA)
2008 Pig Out at the Park (Spokane, WA)
2008 Tumbleweed Festival (Richland, WA)
2008 Seattle University
Ron Greene - Lead Vocals, Electric Guitar., Acoustic Guitars
2006 When I Look - CD Single (Pre-"Sketches" release)
2008 Sketches - full length CD
2013 GRE3NE - EP
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Ron Greene has an impressive set of pipes, plain and simple. The artist from Coeur d'Alene (Idaho)...Ron Greene has an impressive set of pipes, plain and simple. The artist from Coeur d'Alene (Idaho) styles himself as a Lenny Kravitz-goes-acoustic sort of guy, and it's overall an accurate comparison - with over-the-top blues guitar solos, a voice with a phenomenal range and register, and quiet tender moments more in tune with an intimate coffee house venue than, say, the Spokane Arena (though he'd fit in fine either way).
Ron Greene - Sketches
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Ron Greene’s debut album, Sketches, is quite possibly the most overlooked album of the past year. I ...Ron Greene’s debut album, Sketches, is quite possibly the most overlooked album of the past year. I say this not to make some bold, sweeping statement or to simply to grab your attention. I say it because it’s a freaking good album filled with amazingly expressive, rootsy acoustic soul music that moved me to various points of emotion. Hip shaking and groovin’ one minute, completely somber and introspective the next. Yeah Waveriders, you read that correct. I’m making the claim that one of the year’s most overlooked albums is a rootsy soul shaker and not some darkened extreme metal disc. Oh, there’s so much y’all don’t know about me.
Greene’s voice emits a comfort like hot cocoa and a roaring fire on a rainy night. “Memories” opens the disc with that voice just soothing itself over the psyche. So strikingly familiar, yet unique in its own textures . . . oh! And the melodies! As Greene tells tales of his youth, the music is soulful and groovin’. The bass lines thump out the swagger that inevitably shakes the hips, and the acoustic guitar work shimmers and strums its way into the heart. What immediately caught my attention with this song is that, though it’s got that sensitive singer/songwriter vibe to it, the tune has unorthodox treatments throughout it. Case in point, the breakdown at the end of the song with its funkified bass work just isn’t heard enough in the stuff that so prevalent these days. The textures and tones have more in common with the music of the ‘70’s than today’s more contemporary rock. Actually, when listening to “Memories” I need y’all to think Tracy Chapman’s first album. Real music. Real emotion.
And, if “Memories” doesn’t get you thinking that Ron Greene has some serious soul, wait until you hear “Trust.” Awhile back, I reviewed Ernie Halter’s Start Over album and compared his song “Lighthouse” to a modern day “Bridge Over Troubled Water” or “Lean On Me.” “Trust” falls into that same category of inspirational folk music that sends chills across the flesh and fills the heart with hope and strength. What I find most intriguing about the song is that Greene built the lyrics to leave a little ambiguity in who we’re supposed to have trust in. Arguments can be made that we need to trust in God, but he never comes out and says it. The argument here is that one could also trust in a best friend, spouse, parent, or even one’s self. It’s a beautifully fashioned song that will inevitably wind up on the Ripple Radio Show! Damn . . . I’ve got tears welling up as I write this. Ron, you’re the man. What more can you ask of a musician than to have their work move you on an emotional level? Such power!
Waveriders, don’t go thinking that Sketches is merely an album that highlights Ron Greene’s stellar voice and ability to craft heartwarming lyrics. The dude can play a mean guitar, as well. Check out the finger snapping licks he throws down on “Sunday Morning Jam.” His phrasing through the jam is great, and the sounds that he squeezes out of those notes are out of this world. A little vibrato here, a bent note there. Simply put, it’s a tasteful guitar solo over a solid rhythm.
Check out the jazzed out tones making up “Better Place.” Between the guitar work and the bass lines, this tune stands out as a semi-rocker with a mellow vibe. Jazzy, funky, and lyrically poignant, Greene mixes a number of influences together to create yet another moving song. The patient build up of “Live & Learn” from a delay drenched guitar line to the soaring chorus with its open strumming, man . . . this is the stuff I wish I wrote! The Pope’s “thumbs up moment” comes around the 1:54 mark as Greene drops the tempo and changes up the flow of the song. Rather than carry the tune on what would be considered a more traditional course, he shook the song up and made it a hundred times more interesting. One last major point of interest comes with the final track, “C’est La Vie.” Just to show that he’s not afraid to open things up and rock out a bit, Greene plugs in the electric sixer and wraps up the album with a Living Colour tinged alt-rocker. The solo scorches, just showing one more facet of his being and ever so deep well of talent.
If y’all couldn’t tell, I’m excited about this disc. I’m so damned bored of these guys who pick up their acoustic guitars, sit on a retaining wall overlooking waves crashing on the seashore, and write songs about how sensitive they are. Ron Greene is my freaking hero for taking that path only so far and then forging his own way. Sketches is an acoustic based soulful album, but Green changes things up to keep from being cliché. Much like Cat Stevens used to do with his music, Ron Greene adds time changes and odd breaks to make the music more than just a strummed chord for a billion measures. In fact, I think Sketches would fit nicely alongside Stevens’ Buddha and the Chocolate Box. Great album, great songwriting, great talent, and I can’t wait to hear what comes from him next! - Pope JTE
The natural sets out alone
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ID: Ron Greene is a singer-songwriter out of Post Falls. Style: Acoustic soul-rock Origin: "I ...ID: Ron Greene is a singer-songwriter out of Post Falls.
Style: Acoustic soul-rock
Origin: "I saw Phil Keaggy at a church, live via satellite, and I was astounded. I was like, 'I need to do that, ' " Greene said. "The next day I got a guitar from my neighbor. The day after that I learned my first chord. And the day after that I wrote my first song. It was simple, but it was still a song."
Training wheels: "My best friend's dad taught me four chords. I pretty much hung around him, played those chords, listened to a lot of music and watched videos, you know, MTV was big then" Greene said.
He started playing with a band in high school. His first show at a pizza parlor in Phoenix, where he grew up, was broadcast on a local radio station.
Background: Greene moved to the Northwest 12 years ago and has been playing music on and off at church. He eventually started a band with Ron Schierman, and also played in a duo with Nate Schierman.
When Nate started getting bigger gigs and needed a full band, Greene was a natural fit to join.
"When the band took a break I decided to embark on my solo project, " said Greene, who is recording his first album with local bassist and studio whiz Eddie Ramirez.
Recorded material: Greene's new album, "Sketches," due late 2007, contains ten tracks, some with full instrumentation.
Songwriting: "Some songs I wrote in 20 minutes, some songs took two years," Greene said.
Fly in the buttermilk: "I'm one of the few, if not the only black guy playing around here, and I get a good response. It's not like they're scared it's going to be a rap show (although I do love rap), but they are interested to see what's going to come out because it's not often you see a black male singer-songwriter, " Greene said.
Memories, Tell Me, Trust, Sunday Morning Jam, Bedroom Suite, Better Place, Lullaby, Live & Learn, When I Look, C'est La Vie, I'm Alright, When The Feeling Is Right, Alone, I Will Always, Forever Love, Wintertime, Christmas Time (Christmas Song), I Will, Maybe, Angelia, Snow in May, Runaway, Should Have Known Better, Baby Blue
Every Breath You Take & Message in a Bottle(Police), Love Song For No One & Gravity(John Mayer), It Don't Matter To The Moon (Tommy Simms/Chris Gains, aka Garth Brooks), Bad Day (Fuel), You & Me (Lifehouse), Free Fallin & Last Dance for Mary Jane (Tom Petty), Billie Jean (Michael Jackson), Hopelessly & Hey Soul Sister(Train), Slide (Goo Goo Dolls) Summer of '69 (Bryan Adams), Superstition & I Wish (Steve Wonder), Brickhouse (Commodores), When Doves Cry (Prince), Use Somebody (Kings of Leon), Wonder All (Oasis), Mr Jones (Counting Crows), Grenade (Bruno Mars), One of Us (Joan Osbourn), Wonderful Tonight (Eric Clapton), Animal (Neon Trees), Closer (Ne-Yo), Just Breathe (Pearl Jam), Plush (Stone Temple Pilots)
I/We are an original band, we also do covers - so we can cover most band situations. I've done 3 hr long sets, I've done 30 minute sets. Just depends on the the venue/gig. If the gig has a particular song they want covered I will do that, but I usually pick my own covers. Just ask and we'll go from there.
|May 24, 2013 Friday||7:00 PM||Fedora Pub||Coeur D'alene, ID, US|
|May 25, 2013 Saturday||7:00 PM||Fedora Pub||Coeur D'alene, ID, US|
|Jun 8, 2013 Saturday||6:00 PM||Rocket Market||Spokane, WA, US|
|Jul 9, 2013 Tuesday||6:00 PM||Rocket Market||Spokane, WA, US|
|Aug 3, 2013 Saturday||6:00 PM||Rocket Market||Spokane, WA, US|
|Aug 22, 2013 Thursday||4:30 PM||Arbor Crest Wine Cellars||Spokane, WA, US|