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“I am a writer and a musician, not an organ-grinder’s

performing monkey; mainly because I am not good enough

to entertain. I can’t sing, can’t keep rhythm, and am only

a moderate picker ” --Gary Green

Late one Atlanta night in the black-and-white 1950s, Gary Green's mother woke the kindergärtner out of bed  and marched him in front of a snowy-image television screen to see a guest on Steve Allen's Tonight Show. A wild  man named  Jerry Lee Lewis was pounding a piano like no one had ever seen. Gary's mother, a North  Carolina-bred piano teacher and church organist, wanted her toddler to see this maniac rock and roll man.  From that moment on Gary Green wanted to make music. Though he started writing songs and reciting poetry on stage by the age of five, by the time he was 14 the  family had moved to Nashville and Gary was hanging out with the likes of Roy Orbison at the Nashville DJ  Conventions and playing “combo organ” in a Steppenwolf cover band. By age15 he was being invited to the  now-famous "guitar-pulls" at the Hendersonville lake home of J.R. (Johnny) Cash; one of Gary's songs had  caught the attention of Cash’s sister, Reba Hancock (who headed Cash's publishing company - House of Cash). In the summer of 1973, Gary Green (by then a student at the University of Tennessee) sat down on the edge of  a flatbed trailer truck in the corner of a car dealership parking lot in Knoxville Tennessee listening to a  performance by the mother of country music, Maybelle Carter. The country music icon apparently was as  curious about the long-haired hippie pressed up against her stage as Gary was curious about the legend  standing on stage. When it came time for requests from the audience, Gary was calling out the names of  Carter Family standards and carefully watching Mother Maybelle's famous guitar style. “Backstage” (inside the dealership) after the show Mother Maybelle agreed to teach him her famous guitar  style. Mother Maybelle slid a capo up to the fourth fret of the guitar and worked with him until he could  exactly mimic her famous "Carter-Lick" guitar style with his thumb, playing “Wildwood Flower”. Less than three years later, Gary was recording his own songs on New York's small but highly prestigious Folkways Records and had been introduced by Marjorie Guthrie as "the greatest singer/songwriter since my husband" (the late Folk Music icon Woody Guthrie). Today Gary's three legendary Folkways sessions are part of the Smithsonian's permanent Folklife collection, have been custom reissued on CD by the museum, and are widely available on  Amazon, iTunes, and most streaming sites as well as directly from the Smithsonian.
Gary plays guitar, piano (and organ), banjo, mandolin, fiddle, harmonica, clarinet, saxophone, auto-harp, bass, flute, whistle, oboe, xylophone, and a handful of obscure folk instruments. Trained to sight-read by his mother since he was five- years-old, he has transposed and written charts for full Broadway scores, conducted bands and orchestras, produced singers and bands, and has composed more than 200 songs, some of which have been covered by other artists. Today he owns a record label, a historic Memphis Tennessee recording studio, and and a broad-based entertainment production company; and has been flirting with recording his own new album (for the first time in more than four decades).
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