Riley Green is making waves in the country music world lately.
Not long ago, he sat down with Outsider to talk about his current tour and upcoming project. During that interview, Riley Green spoke about his love for classic country. Green said that he started playing and singing with his grandpa who was a huge fan of Merle Haggard. So, he cut his teeth on some of Hag’s hits. Earlier today, he dropped a cover that shows his love for the classics.
Take a moment and listen to Riley Green put a new spin on the country classic “Where Corn Don’t Grow,” you’ll be glad you did.
This is one of those songs that just about everybody growing up in a rural area needs to hear. It’s all about appreciating the slower pace of country life. At the same time it lets you know that hardship is everywhere. But, things get harder when you move to the concrete jungle. Riley Green grew up in a small Alabama town. So, he knows all about the joys of slower-paced living. At the same time, he’s an up-and-coming country star. So, he’s seen both sides of the coin. Someone like Green covering the song will only get it in the ears and minds of a whole new generation of listeners.
Riley Green – Following the Bootprints of Legends
Riley Green would have been hard-pressed to pick a better song to show off his country music roots. “Where Corn Don’t Grow,” has one hell of a pedigree. It was penned by legendary songwriter Roger Murrah. Waylon Jennings was the first one to cut the track. He released it on his 1990 album The Eagle. Six years later, Travis Tritt recorded “Where Corn Don’t Grow” for his album The Restless Kind.
Waylon Jennings’ cut of the song didn’t see much chart success. However, Travis Tritt put the song in the top ten.
Riley Green’s version walks the line between the versions cut by the outlaw country legends. It is radio-ready and bound to be a hit. However, it will still please the ears of fans of either of the earlier versions. The song is packed with steel guitar and a great overdriven yet twangy electric guitar. You won’t find any click tracks or other fake instruments here. Green is pure country and it shows in every note of his “Where Corn Don’t Grow” cover.
If you’re tired of the same old, cookie-cutter, over-produced music on the radio and think that country music “just isn’t what it used to be,” keep your eyes and ears on Riley Green. He’s a young dude with stories to tell and songs to sing. He’ll make you a believer again. He’s currently on tour. Go check him out live.