Future Star: Riley Green Invites Nephew on Stage at Grand Ole Opry

by Matthew Memrick

Singer Riley Green brought his nephew on Grand Ole Opry stage Saturday, and, folks, we may have heard a future star in the making.

Green played new stuff and old at the 96th birthday celebration for the Grand Ole Opry, mixing up with “If It Wasn’t For Trucks” and “I Wish Grandpas Never Died.”

He performed before Don Schlitz, Rhonda Vincent, and Yola, but another future star took the stage with him.

Uncle Riley brought his seven-year-old nephew, Joe, to sing his first hit, “There Was This Girl.” Notably, it was Joe’s first time at the Opry.

Green introduced his buddy, saying, “if y’all don’t mind, I’m gonna have my nephew; he’s never been to the Grand Ole Opry, help me sing this song right here one time.”

The singer went on to thank the Grand Ole Opry crowd, explaining his time building houses in northeast Alabama and how now the former Jacksonville State quarterback’s “got songs on the radio.”

The song, he said, was his first No. 1 and first gold record.

According to Music Mayhem Magazine, Green fist-bumped Joe after letting him sing the song as it ended.

Riley Green’s “Behind The Bar” album came out in July.

Green Still Happy About JSU Win

The former quarterback celebrated his alma mater’s win over football powerhouse Florida State.

Three weeks ago, the Gamecocks upset the Seminoles on the game’s final play for a 20-17 win in Tallahassee. He was so happy he Tweeted out the game-winning touchdown play and, later, a throwback picture back to his playing days on the gridiron.

Riley Green started on the Jacksonville State team, playing from 2007 to 2009 after joining the team as a walk-on. He didn’t even have an athletic scholarship to play on the team.

But his love of country music surpassed football, or so we thought.

He told the Music Row website, “he could throw, but was real skinny.”

When he came out of Anniston, Ala., Riley Green said he was 6-foot-3 and weighed 165 pounds. But after the team got a former LSU quarterback named Ryan Perrilloux from the Tigers’ national title team, he told the coach he’d clear out his locker.” 

On Tour With Luke Combs

The Alabama native’s been touring with Luke Combs and recently Combs got some great news. In late September, Combs’s Canadian tour dates sold out in less than a week.

Riley Green is opening for Combs and Combs will perform at seven eastern Canada venues in March of next year. Chayce Beckham will also join the singers. 

Soon after the Jacksonville State upset, Green announced some tour dates of his own. He’ll start in Athens, Ga., with Corey Smith and Kameron Marlowe, Mike Ryan, joining the tour.