Riley Green Credits Country Music Fans For Helping “Shape” New Music
Riley Green is giving credit where credit is due following the release of his sophomore album, Ain’t My Last Rodeo, last year. The singer-songwriter says, “Who better to judge a song than the fans, you know, the country music fans?”
From the time he started writing music, playing cover shows, to opening stadiums for Luke Combs, and everything in between, Green says teasing new music to social media allows him to “really see when something is there” and to use his fans to “help me shape these songs.”
Green continues to write about the things that he saw growing up in hopes that people can relate to them in some way. The country star says he “will always write those types of songs” due to the stories they tell and how meaningful it becomes for his fans over time.
One of those songs is the title track to his latest album and a song he wrote, “Ain’t My Last Rodeo.”
Green said on Shawn Parr’s Backstage Country that he knows how lucky he is. His home in Alabama allowed him to be very close to his family and loved ones for the majority of his life. He considers himself fortunate. “I mean, I had both sets of my grandparents lived two miles from me the majority of my life. My granny was living. She was 98, you know, like, I’ve just, been really fortunate to have a really close, you know, tight knit family. “
His tight family connection keeps him grounded, and that’s essential to his music. “I think fans are always going to be able to tell when something’s real or not. You can’t fake where I grew up at. It’s just how it is down there, and it’s somewhere I draw a lot of inspiration when it comes to songwriting,” Green said.
Green enjoys sharing performance videos on Instagram, including his latest post below with a caption reminding his followers, “You never know what someone else has been going through in their life.”
Fellow country stars chimed in in the comments section, including Morgan Wallen (“Love this brother”), Trey Lewis (“Pure”), Kolby Cooper (“Holy cow this is elite”), and Wade Bowen (“Damn good”), among others.
Riley Green will kick off his headlining 2024 Ain’t My Last Rodeo Tour on February 22 in Pikeville, Kentucky with Tracey Lawrence as a supporting act across select dates and Ella Langley across all dates.