Liner Notes, no. 13: The Green Boys ~ s/t

'Fill your house with friends, I've done that too, all of my searching just to get to you' (Run Time Blues)

Jim Stewart first introduced me to The Green Boys last year and their performance at The Listening Room this past April solidified them as one of my favorite Virgina bands.

Fronted by the brothers Green of New Kent: Ryan and Sean, the fine songwriting is credited to the entire band-- a healthy sign of their cohesiveness and fraternity.

Ryan and Sean's voices are both distinctive, yet with a familial resemblance: both are lyrical heart breakers-- close to the bone and honest to god.


'Stop My Roam' starts off the record sounding like an antique recording, vintage 1930, and shifts to yet another classic resonance that only the combination of retro-fitted Wally Cleaver's Studios, The Green Boys, and the guiding hand of engineer, and new owner of the Fredericksburg studio, Jeff Covert can accomplish.

Ryan on upright bass and Jonathan Burkett on drums keep close time--spot on, with a swing and sway true to the spirit of the Honky Tonk ghosts that haunt this record. In sync, they lay down a grounding that moves the music and, in the case of 'The Run Time Blues,' provides acute tempo shifts.

The talented Michael Emmons shines on both the dobro and banjo (Run Time Blues, The Queen of Hearts) with precise runs and leads that sound effortless and fit in right where they should.

It's impressive how these guys lay it down on tape just as fitting fit as they do live. This nine song album is a fine debut. It's rare when you can say 'if you love these guys live, you'll love this record,' and vice verse, 'if you love this record, you'll love these guys live.' This may be their first album, this band may be relatively new, Ryan and Sean may share the name, but these boys aren't green--they're tried and true.


'Get a silver drum, and make like you love me, though you don't anymore.' (Song for Her)


Buy their record!

"The Green Boys plan to release an LP within the next year. They are currently booking shows in Fredericksburg, Charlottesville, Richmond, and D.C. and are open to bids from any and all other townships or villas."


P.S. Ryan, thanks again for the truck.

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