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 have found a home in the modern
acoustic genre. Originally from Richmond, VA, he moved to Boston for
its rich Folk Music tradition and has become one of its most unique and
superlative emissaries. Put simply, he is one of the finest
entertainers you’ll ever see. Musically, he draws 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
humanity and his easy affinity for the audience.
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.” And he has legendary energy. His
visit to the Civil Rights Museum in Memphis yielded his own composition
that rises powerfully into U2’s Pride/In the Name of Love. It is a hair
raising, riveting anthem that embodies Greenway’s passion and his gift
for framing social issues. It is a show stopping event, 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 Some Part of the Truth. The former remained on the Folk DJ charts for a
year and a half, while the later, debuting in March of this year has spent two months
at the number one. Click on Brother Sun above to get more about Brother Sun.
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, CarTalk CarTunes.
Even as Brother Sun tours nationally, 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.