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I am so honoured to be supporting Melissa Greener (who is very successful in the US!) in the very intimate and lovely setting of Evolution (formerly the Crystal Café) on Exeter Fore Street. What a great evening awaits! Whoop whoop!
Fox Run House Concerts (where Bethel recorded "Of Love and Whiskey" and "Broken Record") is hosting a co-billed evening with Bethel and Nashville-based songstress Melissa Greener. (www.melissagreener.com) Reservations are required. Address will be provided upon reservation! (If day of, please call the number listed instead of email!)
MELISSA GREENER Nashville based Americana folk-crooner Melissa Greener looks for the truth. Across mountain ranges, holy places, deserts, oceans and forests Or the lonely stretch of blacktop from Detroit to Austin. She plucks truth as much from the feathers she finds as from the potholes she dodges. Impressive vocal chops wrap narrative that "paints superb portraits of the human condition" (Maverick Music Magazine -UK). Quirkily crafted lyrics are skipped like stones across the surface of the deep-pocket groove of her raucous electric tremolo guitar. Such is the paradox of Greener's dynamic muse. - See more at: http://www.melissagreener.com/bio/#sthash.xtl1iCs9.dpuf
Nashville based folk-crooner Melissa Greener tells the truth. Her songs captivate with quirkily crafted lyrics, dynamic melodies and loads of groove. The everyday weather report, as well as natural disasters are Greener's favored poetic devices to "paint superb portraits of the human condition" (Maverick Music Magazine -UK). Impressive vocal chops that devastate and command wrap striking imagery from water-color landscapes to sharpened steel. Detroit to Israel, Montreal to China and Austin to Nashville with even more stops in between, Greener has packed several lifetimes of adventure into her growing international career of performing at festivals, theaters, clubs and house concerts. Transistor Corazón, Greener's third studio release, explores complexities of the heart - the circuitry versus the soul, the mana versus the machine - combining modernist lyricism and a soulful 1960's Laurel Canyon delivered on a vibey tremelo electric guitar. Her live show is an experience to be savoured. Nashville based folk-crooner Melissa Greener tells the truth. Her songs captivate with quirkily crafted lyrics, dynamic melodies and loads of groove. The everyday weather report, as well as natural disasters are her favored poetic devices to "paint superb portraits of the human condition" (Maverick Music Magazine -UK). Impressive vocal chops that devastate and command wrap striking imagery from water-color landscapes to burned steel wires. Transistor Corazón, Greener's third studio release, explores complexities of the heart - the circuitry versus the soul, the mana versus the machine. The sound combines modernist lyricism and a soulful 1960's Laurel Canyon. Her vibey tremelo electric guitar next to her trusty Greenfield acoustic round out the feel. Growing up in Detroit with an intoxicating potion of Mo-town, standard torch ballads, 'oldies' and classic rock, Greener's singular sound evolved. The unique brew emerged as the fermentation of a classically trained soprano mother, who sang in the lounge of the Playboy Club, and a politically bent hippie father. Years living in Austin, Texas made their mark on Greener's sound and style, but her lyrical influences go back to the books of poetry that she stole from the junior high school library - Dylan Thomas, Robert Service, Dickenson and Yeats. Ever after the next adventure, Greener has trekked mountain ranges in the Alps, Slovakia and Tibet. She's pedaled a bicycle solo across Canada and lived in a rural village in China. 'I once sailed so far into the Mediterranean Sea I couldn't see land, and have seen so many stars in an Egyptian desert I couldn't see the sky.' Her current adventure is a full time schedule of international touring, performing in theaters, festivals and house concerts. Transistor Corazón was produced, recorded and mixed by Brad Jones (Hayes Carll, Josh Rouse, Jill Sobule, Richard Julian, Swan Dive, Over The Rhine) at his studio Alex the Great in Nashville, Tennessee. Greener's sophomore release, Dwelling (Anima, 2010), was produced by John Jennings (Mary Chapin Carpenter) and has won awards and glowing reviews throughout the music industry. Fall From the Sky (Anima, 2006), her debut release, continues to receive attention from an international community. “Melissa's voice is beyond my review. I might as well judge the ocean or a woodthrush. Brad Jones's production seems to whisper, "listen to her." The message is the inescapable power of love, the agonizing electricity that makes life so beautiful and terrible and ultimately worth living". - Jonathan Byrd "Melissa Greener is one of those rare artists who appear on the scene with all their talents maturely developed. Blessed with a glorious, outsized, and utterly distinctive voice, Greener is an accomplished guitarist and an arresting songwriter. The music is strikingly original and impressively varied, featuring strong, catchy melodies in strange and brooding voicings. Melissa Greener is a pro". - Celine Keating, Acoustic Guitar Magazine - USA "Be awake and alert, expend the time, and you'll grasp the Technicolor grandeur contained within Greener's DWELLING. Via tightly edited lyrics Greener succeeds in painting superb portraits of the human condition - hers and ours". - Arthur Wood, Maverick Music Magazine - UK "Dwelling is a beautifully symmetric work, that makes writing songs look like painting. Words for Greener are pigments. This demure album contains much beauty, which she delivers with vicarious emotion and conviction. It is a spirited album with basic instrumentation and sparse as it may seem, knows how to give the just ambience. A very beautiful cd"! - Rein van den Berg, Alt Country Forum - Netherlands "There is so much to admire on Greener's sophomore album Dwelling; the gorgeous, intimate voice; the stunning, evocative lyrics; the subtle ability to interpret other's songs; her sensational flat-picking; the masterful production by John Jennings... Given all this, Greener should, by rights, be as homely as a mud fence and have zero stage presence, but no, she got dealt high cards in both those departments too. She really is the total package". - John Conquest, 3rd Coast Music Magazine - Austin, Texas "Melissa Greener - Heiress to modern folk-rock territory blazed by Ani, Dar and Lucy, Enveloping the listener with a warm confident voice and lyrical intrigue. The soul of a poet, the rhythm of a rocker"! - Michael Terry, Uncle Calvin's Coffeehouse - Dallas, Texas "It Gets Harder To Leave Texas Every Time is Melissa's song now. I feel like John Prine listening to Bonnie Raitt sing Angel From Montgomery". - Jonathan Byrd "Melissa could warm up the North Pole with her songs... OUTSTANDING"! - Ron Goad, Songwriter's Association of Washington "I can't even explain what it felt like to listen to her. Her song had me in tears... her way of putting words together... her voice... all of it... it took me back in time. It reminded me of how I felt the first time I heard Joni Mitchell perform. I knew, listening to Melissa, that I was standing in the presence of greatness". - Arlene Boumel, Broward Folk Club President "After seeing Melissa Greener I've been playing Fall From The Sky repeatedly. I have also just picked up Joni Mitchell's first album, Songs To A Seagull. I've got to tell you, I like Melissa's debut better. I am not saying Melissa Greener is better than Joni Mitchell, I am saying check her out". - Blue Plate Special, WDVX, - Knoxville, TN "I love Melissa Greener. She writes and sings with loads of emotion, authority and skill. There are a great many things to recommend her Cd, but "Long Road Down" alone is worth the price of admission. She is really something". - John Jennings "In all the years Chicago House has been closed, Melissa Greener is the first person to make me wish that I still had a venue, so that I could have a personal hand in the success that she will no doubt soon enjoy. Truly a 'musician's musician', she effortlessly cast off licks others would kill to be able to finger their way through. I really 'fell' for her as I discovered the outstanding singer-songwriter that she is. Possessing an outstanding stage presence, a true beauty (both inside and out), she is a natural and a consumate professional when gracing the stage". - Peg Miller, Chicago House co-founder - Austin, Texas "Melissa has the package. Lovely melodies, a beautiful voice and a stunning stage presence. But, what tops the cake are her excellent guitar skills. She creates memorable arrangements that definitely rise above the crowd". - Roger Allen, KGSR - Austin, Texas
20th Annual Lamb's Retreat for Songwriters Concert (week 2).