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. His colaboration with Joe Jencks and Pat Wictor as
Brother Sun has taken him all over North America for the last five years
and garnered the number one CD on the Folk DJ list for the year 2013.
Both Brother Sun and Greg Greenway are planning new CDs in the next 6
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 in 2013 and has become a defining piece
for his journey from his origins in the South to one of the foremost
artists able to open the door of Race in a way that connects us to our
humanity and entertains us at the same time. As others have said, he is one
of the finest entertainers you’ll ever see. 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
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, 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, 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.