Greg Horne

Greg Horne

 Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
SoloAmericanaFolk

Over twenty-one years of performing, recording, writing and teaching music keep bringing Greg Horne to new beginnings. Greg is a folk soloist, a rock and roll band leader, and a sideman of choice whose skills on guitar, fiddle and mandolin blend with a sensitivity for lyrics to enhance the song, not bury it. He can teach a fingerstyle guitar workshop, fiddle a barn dance and rock a three-band bill downtown, in whatever order works best for you.

Biography

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YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/greghornemusic

Greg Horne released his first cassette in 1993 (selling tens and tens of copies!) Now his musical career is finally old enough to drink. Opting for a high basket-to-egg ratio, Horne moves into his third decade as a performer, songwriter, author, sideman, teacher and producer based in the vibrant roots music scene of Knoxville, Tennessee.

Though not a constant road dog, Greg keeps a busy schedule around the Southeast and occasionally beyond. He has a penchant for coming in as an unknown and leaving as a regular. Horne is a recurring core performer at the Jammin' at Hippie Jack's festival, as well as other house concerts, clubs and venues.

In recent years Greg has also become a highly valued sideman and bandmember, performing with artists such as RB Morris, Jay Clark, and Wild Ponies. Horne's distinctive skills as a guitarist, fiddler, and mandolinist can be heard on recent releases by Matt Woods, Kevin Abernathy and Blue Mother Tupelo.

Contrasting his old-time and folk influenced acoustic side, the Greg Horne Band brings out the rock and roll in his songs. Greg and the band have been in the studio working on a debut release for 2015.

In performance, Horne sets himself apart with the quality of his instrumental work. Greg uses his guitar and fiddle as equal duet partners, combined with finely tuned lyrics that have drawn comparisons to John Prine and Vic Chesnutt. Songs from his recent solo release "Basically Sane" are heard on Knoxville's WDVX and other radio stations.

An experienced educator, Greg was a faculty member of the National Guitar Workshop for twenty years. Horne taught songwriting and guitar classes with guests such as Robert Lee Castleman, Chris Smither and Duane Jarvis. He was on the 2011 faculty of the Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival in Montana, teaching a week long songwriting workshop with guest artist David Wilcox.

Horne has authored over a dozen educational titles published internationally by Alfred Music, some of which have been translated into multiple languages. His latest release is a three-volume Complete Ukulele Method co-authored with Shana Aisenberg and featuring DVDs by Daniel Ho, published in 2013. Horne's Complete Acoustic Guitar Method has been continuously in print since 2001, and will be published in a revised new edition in late 2014.

Greg's roles as performer, songwriter, teacher and author are tied together by a collector's ear for music, and a dry humor compounded by years of listening to Bob & Ray and Dragnet while alone in the car.

"I try to build songs for myself where the jokes won't completely wear out on me, or the novel parts don't eventually become too boring. The songs that have moved me to want to do this have had that quality. You can sing them over and over again and the funny parts stay funny and the sad parts stay sad. They keep rewarding you as you move through life with them." - Greg in an interview by Steve Wildsmith, The Daily Times, Maryville TN

"Horne's a master technician, as capable of fleet-fingered picking and bluesy string bends as he is of solidly constructed compositions, and he shows that playing well and playing like you mean it aren't exclusive of each other" - Matthew Everett, Metro Pulse, Knoxville TN

Lyrics

Rag Doll

Written By: Greg Horne

I am a rag doll, my name is Annie
My eyes are buttons, my hair is yarn
I got more stitches than a farmer’s britches
And a calico dress to keep me warm

I am not fragile, I’m just a rag doll
And what I am used to suit you to a T
I’m not a new one of lace and china
I’m just a rag doll, don’t you worry ‘bout me

I have been waiting here in the corner
Under the laundry, behind the door
I have been smiling so you will see me
And pick me up in your arms once more

I am not fragile, I’m just a rag doll
And what I am used to suit you to a T
I’m not a new one of lace and china
I’m just a rag doll, don’t you worry ‘bout me

I Liked You Better

Written By: Greg Horne

They used to call us the wolf and red riding hood
We were the tonkin’est honkies in the neighborhood
How many times did I carry you home
Turn around a minute and find you gone?
Then you’d tumble through the door about 3:15
With a kiss like cough drops and Vaseline
You say there’s only three ways to call it a night
That’s pass out, make out, or get in a fight

Chorus:
I liked you better
I liked you better when you made me look good

All my buddies used to tell me you made out like a bandit, boy
But seriously dude, how can you stand it?
She’s ten pounds of trouble in a five pound bag
Hey, when I see what I want, I don’t look at the tag
So I never saw it comin’ when you turned it around
Took your internet money and moved downtown
Now you’re teaching bible study to the troubled teens
And deletin’ my messages from your machine

Chorus

Now I’m sittin’ on my sofa with my cartoons on
Workin’ on my list of pros and cons
I got one from column A and two from column B
And if I work it all out I get my eggroll free
Then I flip through the mail and find the letter you sent
Sayin’ Sir, we’re sorry but we’re raisin’ your rent
And by the way, sugar, do you know what you are?
You’re a capital L-O-S-E-R

Chorus
Chorus

Bury Me Beneath the Barstool

Written By: Greg Horne

Well I like the way the light shines through the liquor in the glass
That's why I always take it slow and make it last
I've been everywhere the road goes and everywhere's the same
You're the first that's ever asked my name

i used to be a cowboy but i just kinda lost my herd
when i hear the old songs, i remember every word
i have tied up all my loose ends and i’ve paid for all my fun
if closing time comes early, there’s a favor I need done

bury me beneath the barstool
down below the exit sign
write my name upon the floorboard
say i died of a good time
i don’t need to go to heaven
just to find my way back here
just leave the jukebox playing low
and pour me one more
won’t you dear

it’s sweet of you to notice that I’m wearing my good suit
i clean up pretty good when i get in the mood
i’ve won a few hands in my time and i did alright i guess
i tell you what, i’ll pay my tab and you can have the rest

just bury me beneath the barstool
down below the exit sign
write my name upon the floorboard
say i died of a good time
i don’t need to go to heaven
just to find my way back here
just leave the jukebox playing low
and pour me one more
won’t you dear

Love Can Come From You

Written By: Greg Horne

when you're banging your fist on the door
and they won't let you in
when they ask you what you came here for
and you can't say what you mean
it's like a dream
you can't wake up from
it seems like you are the only one

there are roads full of rocks and boulders
just to slow you down
every minute makes you older
can't get any thing done
it's like a dream
you can't wake up from
it seems like you are the only one

to be alive
is to hope and strive
sometimes it hurts to survive
but if you're breathin
and your heart is still beatin
love can come from you
love can come from you

there was a time when you said goodbye
to someone leaving for good
you felt the teeth of the thief in the night
and then you understood
it's just a dream
you're not alone
in this stream all rivers run

to be alive
is to hope and strive
sometimes it hurts to survive
but you're breathin
and if that heart is still beatin
love can come from you
love can come from you
to be alive
is to hope and strive
sometimes it hurts to survive
sometimes it works out alright
but if you're breathin
and your heart is still beatin
love can come from you
love can come from you

Discography

Greg Horne solo:

2010: Greg's solo acoustic CD, "Basically Sane" and a DVD "Live at Hippie Jack's"
2003: Ought 2, Ought 3 (demos and live tracks)
2001: Floating World (remixed and remastered for upcoming 2013 release)
1993: Suitcase

Radio play:
"I Liked You Better" and others from "Basically Sane" are played on WDVX, WFIV, WUTK.

Books:
Greg is the author of 9 books and 2 DVDs published by Alfred, one of the largest instructional publishers. Greg's "Beginning Acoustic Guitar" is one of Alfred's worldwide best sellers.

Selected releases featuring Greg's playing and/or production:
Quake Orphans EP (Acoustic side project of Tim Lee 3)
Kevin Abernathy: Some Stories
Sean McCollough: This is Our House
Heiskell: Clip-on Nosering
Tim Lee: Concrete Dog
Beth Wood: Marigolds
Jodie Manross: Myth of Solid Ground
Jodie Manross: Don't Save the Kisses
Jodie Manross: Still
Deirdre Flint: Then Again
Deirdre Flint: Shuffleboard Queens

Set List

What's in the set?
Anything from a 20 minute sampler up to three 45-minute sets. Mostly Greg's own songs along with some old-time fiddle tunes, country blues, and covers from the neighborhood of Bob Dylan, Richard Thompson, Warren Zevon, John Hartford.

Greg is also an experienced teacher, and is available to conduct workshops on guitar, mandolin, fiddle, or songwriting.