October 14, 2014 --- Former Grand Ole Opry and Louisiana Hayride singer/songwriter Jerry K. Green celebrated his 83rd birthday a little early, releasing his second CD album, “NOW and THEN - Volume 2” on October 14, 2014. He turns 83 in December, and is available as a Single Act with guitar, CD tracks, and stories of his musical adventures since 1950.
The album is available for download and/or physical CD purchase at CDBaby, to Radio at AirPlayDirect, for streaming at ReverbNation, and available for purchase on other download services.
Since release of his ‘Volume 1’ CD in 2011, Green was honored as a Texas Music Legend, on the television series "The Texas Music Scene with Ray Benson" (Season 3, Episode 23, in 2012), and has been featured in 60-minute Live show performances at Lewisville (Texas) Western Days festival in 2013 and 2014.
“This CD,” says Green, “features ‘NOW’ songs - 2014 recordings, and ‘THEN’ songs - from the 1970’s and 1960's.”
Sixteen of the 20 tracks are previously un-released recordings. There are a couple of Modern Country cuts, “My Plow,” which is a ‘power takeoff’ on the ‘tractor’ songs of the past decade, and “420 Colorado Time,” a tale of relief from physical and emotional pain, found on a '420 Tour' in Colorado's newly legal marijuana scene.
Between the Mod cuts is a beautiful ‘young lovers’ dance waltz, as they look forward to long lives together and “Dancing At 99.”
“My Plow” and “Dancing At 99” were written by Green and Jan Buckingham, a writer of Pam Tillis's chart-topper "Cleopatra Queen of Denial" and other Hit songs of the past 20 years.
“420 Colorado Time” was written by Green and Nashville newcomer Winston Boyd of Waterloo, NY.
Remaining tracks are Classic/Traditional Country. Five are from an ‘Old Pro Session’ on April 21, 2014, but in the style of the 1950s & 60s Golden Era of Country Music, when musicians were allowed to play extended solos on records.
The pickers on this ‘Old Pro Session’ include:
Electric & Dobro Guitar -Pete Wade,
Acoustic Guitar- Jimmy Capps (Musicians Hall of Fame),
Harmonica-Charlie McCoy (Country Music Hall of Fame),
Steel Guitar-Lloyd Green (Steel Guitar Hall of Fame),
Piano/Keyboard-Rodger Morris [graciously sub-ing for “Pig” Robbins (Country Music Hall of Fame) who was ill that day].
Track 05 - “Blue Ribbon Blues” is one of two versions of this Glenn D Tubb/Jerry K Green title. In this one, Green sings about being a champion as the bluest of the blue. The other version, sung by Tubb on Now And Then - Volume 1, is about the same situation, but instead of seeing himself as a champion, Blue Ribbon Beer consoles him.
Also featured in this album are 10 recordings arranged and produced by Bill Walker, legendary arranger, producer, and conductor for Eddy Arnold, Johnny Cash, the Statler Brothers, and numerous TV Specials. The four previously released tracks are in this group. Two were Billboard Top Country Singles Chart discs in 1977, “I Know The Feeling” and “Genuine Texas Good Guy,” along with their 45rpm mates.
Jerry K. Green resumed his music career as a Nashville-based performing songwriter in 2010, after a 30-year absence.
A veteran performer on the Grand Ole Opry and Louisiana Hayride in the 50’s and 60’s, Green’s songs were also recorded by such major label recording artists as Billy Walker (Columbia) and Jimmy Heap (Capitol). A Staff Announcer at Nashville's WSM-TV in the late 1960’s, Green also served as a broadcast news anchor at KLBK-TV in Lubbock, following a stint as Sports Director at KTAL-TV in Shreveport, after beginning his TV career at KTBC-TV in Austin. His work in radio included DJ work at WENO in Nashville in 1966-67 when it was THE Country Music outlet in the market, plus DJ/Program/Music Director posts at radio stations KVET and KOKE in Austin in the 1960’s and 1970’s.
March, 2013, Broadcast-quality YouTube music video released of Jerry’s enhanced and digitally re-mastered original recording of his Inspirational, Funny, True Story song about a three-legged, tree-climbing, singing dog that sang with him on the Grand Ole Opry and television - “Tripod The Three Legged Dog.”
November, 2012, Jerry was honored as a “Texas Music Legend” on “The Texas Music Scene with Ray Benson” weekly TV show that currently runs on stations coast to coast.
September, 2011, Jerry’s 1st CD album, “Now and Then-Volume I” was released. It contains new songs as well as a live recording of Jerry on the Louisiana Hayride in 1952, and his first record, “Naggin’ Women And Braggin’ Men” which was first released in 1953.
June 2011, Jerry’s first broadcast-quality original music video, “Wherever In Texas”, was posted on YouTube.
March, 2011, Jerry’s official website, http://www.jerrykgreen.com, was established.
Jerry began writing songs at the age of sixteen, after hearing Country Music Stars Ernest Tubb, Eddy Arnold, Hank Williams, Red Foley (who became his major influences), Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys Western Swing / Texas Swing music, and many others.
From 1950 to 1980, Jerry was a part-time professional singer and songwriter, with more than 40 appearances on the Grand Ole Opry in the 60s, after many performances on the Louisiana Hayride in the 50s, plus nationally released recordings, including Billboard Chart Records.
Now, Jerry is retired from Day Jobs and is writing and singing full time, for the first time, performing his new songs at Writers Nights in Nashville, back in the studio recording them, and available for bookings - Have guitar, will travel.
He had records released on national Indie labels in the 1950's, 1960's and 1970's.