Greene, Ron : Sketches
Ron Greene's music speaks to just about anyone. Rockers, rapper's, skater's, girls, guys, young & old, all take notice when Ron hits the stage. Bridging different genre's, with lyrics that focus around theme's common to us all. Ron's energetic and engaging stage presence capture's the audiences' attention, Greene then pulls them in with lyrics focusing upon relationships, the world around us & faith. Greene's debut CD Sketches, released in February of 2008, gives listener's a glimpse into the heart & music of this talented musician. Ron grew up with singing in his home. His mother and father both sang in choir when he was a boy. 'Some of my fondest memories,' he states, 'are lying on my father's floor listening to the various records he had in his collection.' Greene's father had an eclectic taste of music, old school r & b, jazz, & rock; these albums would lay the foundation for the musical bed of Ron's future. One warm night in a Phoenix church watching a live satellite broadcast of Phil Keaggy, something clicked. 'Watching Keaggy play, hearing and seeing the passion, it moved me' Greene confesses. He learned his first guitar chords the next day. A week later the first song was written and Greene has been writing ever since. Learning three basic chords in his initial guitar lesson, Ron attributes his growth as a musician to the talent of the people around him. 'I learned guitar in a rich musical environment. I played with musicians who were or had been in bands. Pianist, guitarists, bass players, drummer's, it seemed everyone around me offered me some type of lesson.' As the learning escalated, the talent grew as did Ron's confidence. He began playing in bands, and when covering his favorite musicians wasn't enough, he began writing. Writing about the things around him, his relationships, and everyday life, certainly, this was a man finding his muse naturally, allowing his inner voice to guide him down the right path and then everything fell into place. Greene performed with regional bands in Arizona and Idaho before finally settling in with the Nate Schierman Band in early 2003. With Schierman, Greene recorded three studio albums, performing in front of thousands as they toured throughout the West Coast, highlighted by shows opening for Tyrone Wells, Presidents of the United States of America, and (as a solo artist) PM Dawn. A break with the band in early 2006 gave Ron the opportunity to branch out and perform as a soloist. The warm response to his music solidified Greene's decision to release a solo project. The demise of the Nate Schierman Band in 2007 opened the door for the completion of Sketches, the debut CD from Ron. Released in early 2008 the CD features Ron's homegrown down to earth blend of acoustic and electric guitars, and smooth vocals, making for an organic, raw blend of soul, rock and roll, with a hint of pop combined with words of love, friendship and simple faith that flow through a record that only a lifetime could create. The winner of the Hitstreet Records Talent Search in Spokane, Washington, Greene has performed in various venues across Idaho, Washington State, Oregon, California and Arizona. He has already been featured on Spokane radio stations, weekly newspapers, and had a TV appearance on KXLY's (Spokane, WA) Good Morning Northwest show. With over a decade of writing, recording, and touring under his belt, Ron Greene has quietly become one of the most accomplished musicians in the Northwest. With great anticipation the release of Sketches marks a new era for Greene and fans, old and new, can finally capture a glimpse into this emerging artist.