WED­NES­DAY

Ri­ley Green will be fea­tured in US101’s Con­cert for a Cause at Walker Theatre in­side Me­mo­rial Au­di­to­rium Me­mo­rial

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Ri­ley Green was raised on the sounds of tra­di­tional coun­try, blue­grass and South­ern gospel mu­sic grow­ing up in Alabama.

He learned song­writ­ing and per­form­ing at a young age while spend­ing time with his grand- fa­ther, Buf­ford Green, who ran Golden Saw Mu­sic Hall. Time spent on­stage with his grand­fa­ther laid a foun­da­tion for the songs he’d craft in years to come, re­flect­ing on the ex­pe­ri­ences of a young South­ern man try­ing to find his place in the world.

With a mix­ture of out­law re­bel­lion and re­spect for t ra­di­tion, Green’s mu­sic has tal­lied more than 51 mil­lion streams to date. His fan base on so­cial me­dia has grown thanks to re­lent­less tour­ing around the Southeast for the past five years.

On Wed­nes­day, Jan. 9, Green stops in Walker Theatre to per­form for WUSY 101’s Con­cert for a Cause. This artist show­case will dou­ble as a ben­e­fit for Siskin Chil­dren’s In­sti­tute. It’s an acous­tic con­cert that will last be­tween an hour and 90 min­utes.

Melissa Turner, WUSY on- air per­son­al­ity and mu­sic di­rec­tor, says that Green has a strong lo­cal fol­low­ing al­ready.

“He did a show at The Sig­nal a year or so ago, and it was ba­si­cally a sell-out be­fore he even had a lot of ra­dio play. Ri­ley has a pretty big lo­cal fol­low­ing since he’s from Alabama. His song, ‘There Was This Girl,’ is pretty rock­ing,” she says.

“There Was This Girl” reached No. 18 on the coun­try air­play chart. It’s cur­rently No. 22 on Bill­board’s Hot Coun­try Songs chart.

Named one of Rolling Stone Coun­try’s “Artists You Need to Know,” Green’s 2018 EP “In a Truck Right Now” fea­tures four songs he co-wrote: “There Was This Girl,” “Same Old Song,” “Break Up More Of­ten,” and “In a Truck Right Now.”

Be­fore he was a record­ing artist, Green found suc­cess on real­ity tele­vi­sion. He was a con­tes­tant on Sea­son 4 of CMT’s “Red­neck Is­land” — a short stint that saw him booted off in the sec­ond episode. But he came back for an alumni bat­tle in Sea­son 5, “Bat­tle at the Lake,” which he won among male con­tes­tants.

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