Beneath the radar of the corporate music world there
are gems to be found. Greg Greenway is a multi-faceted one.
A rare combination of instrumental expertise, a soulful and
moving singer, powerful poet, and sparkling entertainer,
Greenway is one of those difficult-to-categorize performers
who has found a home in the modern acoustic genre. His
collaboration with Joe Jencks and Pat Wictor as Brother Sun
has taken him all over North America for the last five years.
“Some Part of the Truth'” their second CD was the number one CD
on the Folk DJ list for the year 2013. Both Brother Sun and Greg
Greenway are planning new CDs for release in 2016.
Originally from Richmond, VA, Greg moved to Boston for
its rich Folk Music tradition and has become one of its
most unique and superlative emissaries. His “In the Name
of Love,” a lead in to the U2 classic, “Pride,” was the #5
song on the Folk DJ list in 2013. It has become a defining
piece on his journey to becoming an international artist
capable of addressing sensitive topics like Race in a way
that connects audiences to their humanity while entertaining
them at the same time.
He has been described as “one of the strongest, and finest voices
in folk music.” The Boston Globe wrote, “Confessional one moment,
rambunctiously disarming the next, few modern folk singers can
own a coffeehouse stage as completely as Greenway.” Another
reviewer perhaps described it best, “A profoundly rich poet and
musician. Folk Music is too narrow a description.”
Musically, his guitar, piano, and ukulele reflect inspiration
from all over the map–gospel, rock, blues, Jazz, and world music.
But his center is in the singer/songwriter tradition that traces
it roots all the way back to the social awareness of Woody Guthrie.
His central appeal is that it all comes through the singular lens
of Greenway’s own humanity and affinity for the audience.
He has legendary energy, couched in a presentation of high
spirited give and take of such good humor that audiences unfailingly
walk away uplifted.
From the end of 2010 to the present, Greenway has been one third
of one of the most successful Folk trios in North America, Brother
Sun. With Joe Jencks and Pat Wictor, Greenway has, as Brother Sun,
produced two CDs, Brother Sun, and the aforementioned, Some Part of
the Truth. “Brother Sun” remained on the Folk DJ charts for a year
and a half, while 8 songs from SPOTT were in the top 100. Their
remarkable three part harmony has brought them standing ovations
from mainstages from Massachusetts to Vancouver Island.
Among Greenway’s solo highlights are a show at Carnegie Hall in
the New York Singer/Songwriter Festival which was rebroadcast on
NPR’s World Cafe, an appearance on nationally syndicated Mountain
Stage, and a show at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honoring Phil
Ochs. Greenway was seen world wide on CNN’s World Beat in a segment
on socially conscious artists. He was filmed at the Clearwater
Hudson River Revival Festival performing along with Folk legend Pete
Seeger and others. Greenway has been featured on the weekend edition
of NPR’s All Things Considered, and his dreams were fulfilled when
“Driving in Massachusetts” was played on Car Talk.
Greenway now has seven critically acclaimed solo releases:
A Road Worth Walking Down (nominated for two Boston Music
Awards), Singing For the Landlord (top five CDs for 1995 on
the Internet Folk DJ list), Mussolini’s Head(1998), Something
Worth Doing (2001), Greg Greenway: Live (2003), Weightless (2005),
and Standing On The Side of Love (2008). He has been included
on numerous compilations as well, including Putumayo World Music’s
Shelter, Christine Lavin’s Big Times In A Small Town and Laugh
Tracks, Sliced Bread’s Phil Ochs tribute CD, What’s That I Hear,
and the compendium of disrespectful car songs from NPR’s Car Talk,
Even as Brother Sun tours inernationally, Greenway has found
new avenues through which to channel his art. He has become a
producer and a teacher of workshops on song writing, performance,
and his beloved C9 tuning. He originated a class entitled Music
and Social Change, illuminating the history that bore songs and
the songs that bore history. He continues to study piano and voice.