Richard Greene (musician)

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Richard Greene
Born (1942-11-09) November 9, 1942 (age 74)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres Classical, rock, bluegrass
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Violin
Years active 1966–present
Associated acts Seatrain, Muleskinner, Tony Rice

Richard Greene (born November 9, 1942 in Los Angeles, California) is an American violinist (a.k.a. fiddler) and "one of the most innovative and influential fiddle players of all time".[1]


Greene was born in Beverly Hills and grew up in Los Angeles. He studied classical music. He first attained prominence with Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys in 1966 as one of Monroe's first "northern" band members. He was then a member of the Jim Kweskin Jug Band and recorded with them on the album Garden of Joy.

In 1969, Greene, Andy Kulberg, and Jim Roberts formed the rock band Seatrain. The band's had a hit in 1971 with the song "13 Questions" from their self-title debut album, produced by Beatles producer George Martin.[2] Seatrain was a mix of bluegrass, country, fusion, and rock. His other bands include The Great American Music Band (co-lead with David Grisman, c. 1974), Muleskinner, The Grass Is Greener (David Grier, Bill Keith, Chris Thile, Butch Baldassari, Tony Trischka), and Richard Greene & The Brothers Barton.

Greene has recorded or performed with Red Allen, Bill Monroe, Gary Burton, The Jim Kweskin Jug Band, Melissa Manchester, the Blues Project, James Taylor, Tony Rice, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Bob Seger, Old and in the Way, Brian Wilson, Eddie Adcock, George Strait, Loggins and Messina, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Peter Rowan, Deana Carter, Rod Stewart, Lacy J. Dalton, Jerry Garcia, Van Dyke Parks, Bruce Springsteen, The Brothers Barton, Tony Trischka, Sting, Joss Stone, Richard Thompson, Kelly Clarkson, Mandy Moore, Tony Bennett, and The Wagner Ensemble (Jeannine Wagner).[3]

He has headlined major festivals, including Telluride, Sedona, and Live Oak. He teaches courses at The Mancini Institute, the RockyGrass Academy, the Festival of Fiddle Tunes, the Mark O'Connor Fiddle Camp, the Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp, The Swannanoa Gathering, and dozens of ad hoc workshops throughout the year.

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Performance of the Year (1997)
  • Grammy Nomination for Best Bluegrass Recording of the Year (1998)
  • International Bluegrass Music Association Award: Recorded Event of the Year
  • International Bluegrass Music Association Nomination: Instrumental Band of the Year
  • Honorary Kentucky Colonel