Riley Green: The Young Fans At His Shows
Riley Green recently announced a headlining tour that will kick off in February with openers that include 1990s hitmaker Tracy Lawrence and newcomer Ella Langley.
We talked with Riley a few weeks back about his life on the road and his high-energy show. Green attracts many young fans to his shows and even brings one on stage now and then to sing a song with him. He told us, “Man, I just think about it from a fan’s standpoint. You know, these kids that come to my shows, I am always good at spotting ones that I think are not gonna get too shy when they get on stage.”
He added, “These kids are just like screaming every word right there on the front row, and I think about what they had to put up with to be having that spot. They may have been there all day, and it may be their first concert; it makes for cool moments, and maybe one of these kids will get inspired to pick a guitar up or something and write country music. It’s what is fun about playing live shows and certainly having generations out there coming to these shows as well.”
Riley posted to Instagram one of those moments recently. He captioned the photo dump, “Kids these days… little man stole the show. #weouthere #countrymusic #tracylawrence.”
Green recently released a new album called Ain’t My Last Rodeo.
His new project has a song directly inspired by a significant influence in his life: his grandparents. I asked Riley about the song “They Don’t Make ’em Like That No More” and about his grandparents, who are no longer with us. Green said, “‘They Don’t Make ’em Like That No More.’ I wrote probably a year and a half ago, and it was right after my grandmother Nancy passed away. Obviously, my family ties and my Grandaddy comes out in a lot of my songs. This one was really kind of geared toward that way of life and the values they had and how things were back then and even just me as a kid running around with them.”