Country music crooner and acoustic guitarist Smokey Greene is definitely old school. His music bag doesn’t include the latest hits by Brad Paisley, Blake Sheldon or Montgomery Gentry. What its got is Patsy Cline and Hank Williams (the original, not Jr. nor the III) among others of that ilk and time-frame -from back in the day when it was called country-western music, not country.
Yup, we’re talking serious old school here.
For a standing-room-only crowd at the Crandall Library in Glens Falls, Greene entertained the audience with country favorites that sounded oh-so-good. He is the master when it comes to old-time country and bluegrass music. And he also throws in a bit of comedic banter to keep it light and amusing.
Electric guitarist Gary Blodgett helps out with the lead lines while Smokey’s son Arlin Greene keeps the bottom-end going on his electric bass. And local fab fiddler Frank Orsini rosins up his bow and adds just the right touch to keep those country classics reeling along.
We’re so fortunate to have musicians like Smokey Greene keeping the tradition of country music alive and well here in Nippertown. Yes, he’s 80 years old, but you know what? He’s still young at heart, and you can hear it in every note of his music.
Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk