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Blues and Rock have met at many different crossroads since its inception in the mid-60s. From Cream and Johnny Winter to Stevie Ray Vaughan and Gov't Mule, these Blues Rock recipes are often boiled down to a simple trio. Such is the melting pot of influences and presentation of Eclecto Groove recording artists the Alastair Greene Band. Alastair formed his first Blues Rock trio with former members of the legendary Southern California band The Pontiax in 1997. The Alastair Greene Band (AGB) has gone through several incarnations and line-ups over the years and has included alumni of The Steve Miller Band, Paul Butterfield Band, and Junior Wells Band. The AGB has also backed many blues artists in the studio and on stage, including Delta Groove recording artists Mitch Kashmar, Franck Goldwasser, as well as the incomparable James Harman. Currently, the line-up has solidified with Alastair handling vocals and guitar, Jim Rankin on bass and vocals, and Austin Beede on drums.
The AGB has opened shows and appeared on Blues festivals with artists such as The Fabulous Thunderbirds, John Mayall & The Blues Breakers, Tommy Castro, Lonnie Brooks, Michael Burks, Robin Trower, Jonny Lang, and many more.
Alastair has released four studio records and one live record since 2002. His fifth studio record release, Trouble At Your Door (release date June 17th, 2014 on Eclecto Groove Records) is sure to be his most explosive recording thus far. The AGB combines a deep respect for traditional forms and themes but adds a modern approach combined with a classic rock sound.
Not only is Alastair a Blues Rock guitar slinging and singing front man, but he has also served many years as a side man to some legendary musicians. Currently, Alastair is the touring guitarist with Alan Parsons and has been touring internationally with the English Pop Progressive Rock veteran since 2010. After Alastair played on Parsons' 2004 release A Valid Path, Alan was quoted as saying, "Alastair should be out playing guitar with the biggest bands in the world. I believe it's just a matter of time." Heady praise indeed coming from the man who engineered Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon, served as second engineer on the last two albums by The Beatles, and has also sold millions of albums with his own Alan Parsons Project. When the guitar slot for Parsons' band opened in 2010, Greene got the call. Alastair has also appeared on albums by high profile artists such as drum legend Aynsely Dunbar as well as Toad The Wet Sprocket front man Glen Phillips.
The AGB has been firing on all cylinders since the addition of Austin Beede in 2012. Beede came off tour with the rock band Alberta Cross and immediately got the call to join the AGB. Austin brings a deep knowledge of Jazz and Rock grooves as well as an innate ability to shuffle with the best of them. Jim Rankin has been handling bass and co-live vocal chores with the band since 2007. Jim's rock solid R&B and Classic Rock influences on both bass and vocals have been a welcomed addition to the band. "This is the happiest I've been musically in a long time," Greene said recently. "These guys are so much fun to play music with. We've got a great chemistry, and I can't wait for the world to hear it."