Ron Greene

Ron Greene

 Coeur D Alene, Idaho, USA
BandBluesSinger/Songwriter

Greene’s distinct aesthetic encompasses radio-ready pop-rock hooks, elements of warmly intimate folk, smoldering funk grooves, and emotive and soulful vocals. In performance, Ron 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.

Performs either solo or up to full band (4 members)

Biography

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.”

Lyrics

Memories

Written By: Ron Greene

Looking at old pictures, thinking ‘bout old times
laughing at Jason’s hair do. You’re running through my mind
Driving that ol brown mercury, sneaking through your back yard.
Feelin your ev’ry heartbeat, I was crushing hard

Oh those were simple times,
we lived our lives
with our hearts open wide
Oh how I miss those days,
that time, that place.
Those memories

Playing ball in the church lot, we were the whiffle ball kings.
Jana’s face as we told her, we knew everything.
That band we started, surely make it big.
everyday we practiced, never played a gig.

Oh those were simple times,
we lived our lives
with our hearts open wide
Oh how I miss those days,
that time, that place.
Those memories

I could never lose you,
you’re forever on my mind.
the days goes on,
and years pass by,
yet you’re with me,
through all time

Oh those were simple times,
we lived our lives
with our hearts open wide
Oh how I miss those days,
that time, that place, never forget
Oh those were simple times,
we lived our lives
with our hearts open wide
Oh how I miss those days,
that time, that place,
never forget
memories

© 2008 Axe & Sword Music/BMI

Live & Learn

Written By: Ron Greene

© 2008 Axe & Sword Music/BMI

We had it all worked out, thought it would never end.
These were the best of times. We were the best of friends.
We’d both get married. Live on the same street.
Kids would play ball together. Life would be so neat.
Time went by, our lives changed,
Nothing ever stays the same. Days go by, life re-arranged.
In my heart of hearts, I feel the pain.
I don’t know why life’s this way. Live & Learn, learn to change.

I had it wall worked out, knew it would never end.
You know I loved that girl, maybe that was my sin.
We’d have that picket fence, maybe a kid or two.
We’d live that dream, sometimes dream don’t come true.
Time went by, our lives changed,
The best made plans can go astray.
Days gone by, life re-arranged, In my heart I feel the pain.
I don’t know why life’s this way. Live & Learn, learn to change.

Changing my heart, changing my ways
A brand new start, a better place.

Had it all worked out. I had the perfect plan
I’d live the perfect life, I’d be the perfect man.
I’d have the greatest kids, live on the safest streets
Maybe a dog or two, my life would be complete.
Time went by, my life changed, best made plans go astray.
Days go by, life re-arranged. In this heart I feel the pain.
I don’t know why life’s this way. Live & learn, learn to change
I don’t know why life’s this way. Live & learn, learn to change.

Tell Me

Written By: Ron Greene

© 2008 Axe & Sword Music/BMI

I saw you walking down the street,
Alone on a cold wither day.
Tell me what to say, to make you turn & look my way.
Are you just a dream? A mirage?
From where did you appear?
Tell me what to do. I need to know how to make you near.

Tell me. Can I, get your number and your name?

Tell me lil girl, am I the kind of guy that meets your eye.
Do I have the look, the style? Wanna give me a try?
Tell me baby please, please.. let me see that smile.
What do I have to do, to make you stay and talk for a while?

Tell me, am I, the kind of guy who’ll win your heart?
Tell me, baby, don’t let this stop before starts.
Tell me, tell me, what signal do I have to send?
Tell me, honey, can I be more than just a friend?
Tell me…

Tell me. Can I get your number and your name?
Tell me. Lady. Let’s be real this ain’t no game.
Tell me, tell me, baby, please.
Tell me, tell me.

When I Look

Written By: Ron Greeene

© 2008 Axe & Sword Music/BMI

When I look into, your eyes
I see your heart. I see the miles.
Long road. Hard times. Jilted love. Yet I find in you,
The resolve, to carry on, to survive.
This is what I see,
When I look into your eyes.

When I look into, your eyes
I see the start. I see the times.
You gave you heart. You gave your all.
You gave your love,
But how would you know? It wouldn’t last.
All the tears.
Don’t live in the past.
This is what I see.
When I look into your eyes.

Gone are the lonely days when he was near.
No more empty dreams and no more fears.
Open up your arms and feel loves embrace.
All you’ve been looking for is here in this place.

When I look into your eyes.

Christmas Time

Written By: Ron Greene

© 2008 Axe & Sword Music/BMI

Snow is falling, the leaves are gone
Winter is calling, there's no bird song.
Snowman building all the day long.
Hats, scarves, & gloves.
Icicles and snow ball fights
Cut down the tree and pull out the lights
Decorating all through the night.
Tinsel, bulbs & bows.

Oh the joy, the season brings
When we realize the true meaning
of Christmas time.

Mary & Joseph are in the stall
No room in the inn, no none at all.
A Saviour is born to free us all.
The greatest gift to give.

Oh the joy, the season brings
When we realize the true meaning
of Christmas time.

Discography

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

Set List

Originals
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

Covers -
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),