Keith Greeninger The Barn · Saturday September 13 2008, 8:00 PM
Keith Greeninger

There is no barrier between the man and his music. Keith Greeninger is a seasoned troubadour, political activist, award-winning songwriter, and unforgettable performer. With nothing more than a guitar in hand and a song with a story to tell, Keith can completely captivate an audience. From the deep laid back grooves of a soulful ballad to the righteous intensity of a hard-driving anthem, his rich vocal range conveys strength tempered with vulnerability, political struggle reflected in personal experience, and the deep connection to earth, sky, community, and family.

A fourth generation Northern Californian Keith has traveled and lived throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Central America. His music has been deeply influenced by his work with Native American and Latin cultures, and his songs cut an honest, hard worn path to places of simple truth about good people holding on to hope and instinct in a world that often tries to strip these things away.

As a solo artist, and with his previous trio City Folk, he has toured the national Folk and Americana circuit extensively for the last decade and a half. He has, performed at festivals and legendary venues, national radio shows, and shared stages with dozens of the country’s best-known artists. His masterfully crafted tunes and powerful presence have earned him the top songwriting awards at the Telluride Blue Grass Festival, The Kerrville Folk Festival and The Napa Valley Folk Festival.

With three critically acclaimed CD’s to date Greeninger’s newest release , Glorious Peasant, may be his strongest yet, showcasing his strengths as both artist, and producer. Although the folk music roots are evident, Glorious Peasant is a full-fledged journey into the land of groove and soul. The CD beautifully matches Greeninger’s honest, organic style bringing you right into the room for every note, and capturing some of the warmest, most expressive vocal tracks in recent memory. The musicianship is stellar throughout thanks to a supporting cast of top-drawer musicians. There's acoustic piano, lush Hammond organ and some beautifully overdriven Fender Rhodes from John R. Burr (Robin Ford, Alison Brown, Maria Muldar), smoking electric and slide guitar by Randy Mitchell (Warren Zevon, Billy Bob Thornton, Donna Summers), and some tasty horn arrangements by Greeninger’s longtime collaborator Dayan Kai (who plays flute, sax, clarinet and percussion, in addition to adding background vocals). The rhythm section team of drummer Jim Norris (Lacy J. Dalton, Larry Hosford) and Dennis Murphy on bass (Acoustic Alchemy) provide just the right feel to these superb renditions of Greeninger’s material.