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Buddy Greene  

Rootsy gospel artist/songwriter of Mary Did You Know

"Buddy is one of those gentle, sweet spirits that invades the room with the presence of Christ. He is what Christian music should be. Lastly, he's one of my dearest friends." - Bill Gaither -

Buddy Greene is one of my best friends. I love watching Buddy live life -- he does it with grace, gusto and gratitude. Then he brings that Joy to the stage as one of the best communicators I know. You will be blessed! - Mark Lowry -

Singer / songwriter / guitarist / harmonica player Buddy Greene has absorbed a remarkable range of country, bluegrass and black and white gospel influences to produce a compellingly rootsy vision of what "inspirational music" really means. - Nashville Scene -

"When I saw you last fall at the Riverbluff festival, I recognized something that I didnt even know I was looking for in you and your way of delivering your musical energy -- its the "guerilla worship" thing, of praising God in such a natural and joyful and winsome way that nobody listening suspects that anythings afoot -- its so radically different from a normal, traditional, ritualized "worship service," that the Spirit, and people, can then operate and respond in an enormous degree of freedom, which is, I suspect, what God had in mind to begin with, before we got ahold of His beautiful stuff and turned it into a bunch of dead ceremonies. Music really is -- or could be, and probably should be -- the key to releasing the good stuff. I see it as no accident that David, in addition to being a shepherd, warrior, king and earthly ancestor of our Lord, was also a great musician and songwriter." -Bryan Cumming -

Buddy Greene brings a wide variety of southern Americana influences to his music to create a unique hybrid of country, bluegrass, folk, gospel and traditional blues. In addition to his solid reputation as a singer-songwriter and guitarist, Buddy has established himself as one of Nashville’s finest harmonica stylists, having played on the recordings of artists and friends Jerry Reed, Charlie Peacock, Riders in the Sky, Bela Fleck, and many others.

Buddy grew up in Macon, GA, amid its antebellum mansions, sultry summers, southern cooking and deep-south music culture. He spent his childhood learning dozens of folk songs on the ukulele and soon advanced to acoustic guitar, immersing himself in popular music mainstays of the time such as Elvis Presley, the Beatles, and Motown. Their infectious beat and obvious nods to roots music fueled Buddys intense interest in the deeper historical origins of country, bluegrass and rhythm and blues music that are so evident in his music today.

In 1991, Buddy collaborated with Mark Lowry to write Mary, Did You Know?, which has since become something of a modern-day Christmas standard, with recordings by superstars such as Kenny Rogers & Wynonna, Kathy Mattea, Christopher Parkening & Kathleen Battle, Natalie Cole, Reba McEntire, Clay Aiken, Gary Chapman, and many others. Other songs penned by Buddy and recorded by other artists include He Is (Ashley Cleveland), Fall Down Children (The Whites) and Recovering Pharisee (Del McCoury).

For his 2002 release, “RUFUS”, Buddy invited an all-star cast of payers and singers - Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush, Ron Block, Chuck Leavell, Kenny Malone, Byron House, and Ashley Cleveland, among others, to join him for an in-studio pickin’ party. Bluegrass, blues, old-time gospel, even The Beatles, all got into the mix. Says Buddy, "On “RUFUS” I just wanted to have fun with some really talented friends, play a bunch of old and new songs I never get tired of playing, and remember why I ever wanted to be a musician in the first place." “RUFUS” was chosen as one of the Top 10 Bluegrass recordings of 2002 by the Chicago Tribune.

Since the release of “RUFUS”, Buddy has been able to expand his audience with occasional appearances at music clubs, such as The Bluebird Café and Station Inn in Nashville, and at music festivals, such as MerleFest in North Carolina. There, in 2003 and again in 2004, Buddy realized his lifetime dream by performing on stage with another on of his musical heroes, the legendary Doc Watson. Doc has personally invited Buddy back again this spring for the 2005 event.

Another of Buddy’s projects is the album entitled "Hymns & Prayer Songs," an acoustic, eclectic celebration of the music of the church. Instead of the traditional piano and organ setting, you’ll hear updated arrangements and instruments like acoustic guitar, mandolin, upright bass (and, of course, harmonica) for more of a folk, string band approach. As Buddy says, “we are a church coming together in song to proclaim the gospel."

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