Ron Greene
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Ron Greene

Coeur D Alene, Idaho, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2008 | SELF

Coeur D Alene, Idaho, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2008
Band Blues Singer/Songwriter


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"The natural sets out alone"

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. - Isamu Jordan/Spokane7 - Spokesman Review

"Ron Greene - Sketches"

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 Ripple Effect - Feb 11, 2009

"Impressive pipes"

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). - The Inlander


2006 When I Look - CD Single (Pre-"Sketches" release)
2008 Sketches - full length CD
2013 GRE3NE - Wood & Wire EP

2016 In Honor Of A Critc



Don’t trade in authenticity for approval is a mantra singer-songwriter Ron Greene holds close to his heart. His journey in faith, and in music, has been about boldly following that inner compass we all have, and getting closer to the truth. His latest album, In Honor Of A Critic, is a celebration of the self—it’s poignant, playful, and chock full of invigorating grooves.


“The title references that, in life, we sometimes try to please other people. The songs on this album are about trying to be the real me—faults and all—this album is the real Ron Greene,” confides the Coeur d’Alene, Idaho -based singer-songwriter.


Greene’s distinct aesthetic encompasses radio-ready pop-rock hooks, elements of warmly intimate folk, smoldering funk grooves, and emotive and soulful vocals. He’s garnered favorable comparisons to Lenny Kravitz, Gary Clark, Jr., Bruno Mars and John Mayer. Greene has issued two well-received studio solo albums and one fiery live album. As an engaging solo performer, and fronting his ace solo band GRE3NE, he’s performed nationally, from New York to the Pacific Northwest. Live career highlights have been performing on the main stage at Choochokam Music Festival, making six consecutive appearances at Spokane Pigout In the Park, and sharing the stage with such diverse artists as Kings X, Rusted Root, PM Dawn, and Paulo Nuttini. 


Greene grew up in a church-going family, and had his initial music epiphany seeing a video of Phil Keaggy at a church social event “The next day I learned three guitar chords from my neighbor,” he recalls. His awakening to music coincided with a wonderful spiritual transformation when he began attending his neighbor’s church. Greene learned guitar on the pulpit playing in the church band, and spent time at home honing his skills studying the masters of Christian music as well as the funky sounds of Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson & Prince. From there, his spiritual growth and musical growth dovetailed into one profound life journey that continues to this day.

In performance, Greene curates a live experience that whisks people away from their worries and the grinding cycle of daily living. He plays intimate singer-songwriter shows where he employs transcendent looping techniques to express a dynamic sonic range, and he plays sweaty full band extravaganzas with world-class musicians who share in fiery collective creative chemistry.  Greene also forges a bond with the audience through peppering his live performances with covers including hits from the pop canon reimagined with his signature musicality.


For Greene, sharing in personal truths has been the most profound aspect of his path in music.  “To me, it’s about connecting with people,” he says. “I’ve played shows where I’ve seen a ten year-old girl moved to tears—it floored me—and I’ve played wineries where I’ve seen older people dance. Music connects people of all ages, races, and faiths. It’s such a powerful tool.”

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