Roger Greenawalt

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Roger McEvoy Greenawalt
Background information
Born Berlin, Germany
Genres Rock, Pop, Acoustic Rock, Reggae, Dance, Film/TV Scoring, Electronica, Sound Design
Occupation(s) Record Producer, Composer, Performer
Years active 1978- Present
Associated acts Ben Kweller, The Pierces, Rufus Wainwright
Notable instruments
Ukulele, Bass, Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Pedal Steel, Lap Steel, Percussion, Programming

Roger McEvoy Greenawalt is a music producer and musician known for carrying a ukulele at all times everywhere he goes, and discovering new talent, including singer Ben Kweller. A story on Greenawalt's efforts, which led to a 15 year-old Kweller being signed to a major record label with his band Radish, appeared in the New Yorker on April 7, 1997.[1]


Greenawalt studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston from 1978-1980. In 1980 Greenawalt formed the "Sarcastic Post Punk No Wave Death Disco" band The Dark who, after gaining a loyal East Coast following, drew the interest of Ric Ocasek, lead singer and guitarist of The Cars. Ocasek produced The Dark's second EP, Darkworld, in 1982. A single, "Judy",[2] became a local hit in Boston.[3]

Since the mid-1980s, Greenawalt has produced a wide variety of music, including records by bands such as Ben Kweller, The Pierces, and Julian Velard. Recent productions include recordings by The Pierces, Julian Velard, Nellie McKay Lovely Liar Reno Is Famous, and Thinking In Pictures

Beatles Complete On Ukulele[edit]

On December 8, 2004, Greenawalt first performed his Beatles Complete On Ukulele concert by playing all 185 original Beatles songs in one day on ukulele with 60 guest singers at Elizabeth Streb's SLAM Action Lab in Brooklyn, New York. In 2008, he did the same show again at Brooklyn's Spike Hill. Since then, Greenawalt has performed the marathon show three more times at Brooklyn Bowl and three years running at SXSW in Austin, Texas (2010,[4] 2011). Greenawalt performed an abridged version near San Francisco at The McEvoy Ranch Harvest Festival in November 2010. Performers at these various concerts have included Nellie McKay, The Naked Brothers Band, The Pierces, Adam Green, Ryan Miller of Guster, Jeremiah Birnbaum, and Freedy Johnston. Greenawalt has an accompanying web site Beatles Complete On Ukulele where he is rerecording original Beatles songs on ukulele. He releases a new track periodically with an original essay about the song. See link to site here...[1]



  1. ^ Seabrook, John (April 7, 1997). "A profile of Greenawalt’s role in the discovery of Ben Kweller". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2009-06-22. 
  2. ^ Dark, The. "Judy". song. Retrieved 24 May 2011. 
  3. ^ Belm. "Living in This Darkworld". Belm Blog. 
  4. ^ Carr, David (2010-03-19). "SXSW: The Beatles Meet the Ukulele". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-05-20. 

External links[edit]

  • [2] A profile of Greenawalt’s role in the discovery of Ben Kweller. From The New Yorker April 7, 1997.
  • [3] Greenawalt's Myspace page
  • YouTube Video - Greenawalt and band Supergene perform a Beatles song
  • - Greenawalt plays ukulele in 1969
  • Beatles Complete on Ukulele - blog
  • [4] Interview with Roger Greenawalt. From Original Nov. 17, 2010.