Riley Green & Murphy Elmore at Brewhouse (Rome, GA)

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There’s always something a little special & a lot more fun about a country show in the South. That rings even more true when the crowd is packed with folks who are wholeheartedly fans of the artists taking the stage. This was certainly the case this past Saturday as Alabama native Riley Green headlined a show at Rome, GA’s Brewhouse, accompanied by Murphy Elmore as an opener. The two artists are both proudly associated with 65 South, a clothing line which was created for and by Alabamians, and there was plenty of representation of that pride throughout the room. The fun-loving crowd was more than happy to support their home state talents and had a great time in the process.


Murphy Elmore’s opening acoustic set might have been stripped down, but was far from uneventful. Kicking things off with his spin on Jason Aldean’s “My Kinda Party”, Elmore set the tone for the night. Several more covers, including 90s ballad “I’ll Be” made his set list, much to the delight of the crowd singing along. Elmore’s slightly raspy voice made for a great version of Brantley Gilbert’s “My Kind Of Crazy”, allowing him to leave the song sounding similar to the original, but unique enough to be his own. The rest of his set offered up Elmore’s original music, including the catchy track “Damned If I Do, Damned If You Don’t” and “Kings of Friday Night”, which is also the title of his recently released EP. With a knack for songwriting and a voice that you won’t want to stop listening to, Elmore is an artist you’ll definitely want to learn more about. Keep up with him by visiting his website for music updates, tour news and more.

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By the time Riley Green and his bandmates took the stage, the Brewhouse crowd was fired up, perhaps a little tipsy, and certainly ready for more music. Green delivered – in the form of a nearly 2 hour set that was without a doubt, entertaining. With deep country roots and a love of the more traditional sounds he grew up on, Green’s music is refreshing. While many of the lyrics he writes do pay homage to the way he grew up in Jacksonville, AL, they avoid a lot of the clichés found in so many songs today, namely moonshine, tailgates and tanned legs. Green’s sound is just the right amount of modern country to allow it to stand side-by-side present day artists, but also brings in plenty of inspiration from legends gone by.

With a natural charm, Green had the room’s attention from the get-go and there were plenty in attendance singing along to every word from his 3 EPs. County Line is the latest and the 5-track project, released in February of this year, is absolutely worth a download. Green’s fans really went wild for “Bury Me In Dixie”, leaving no doubt that they were proud of their home state. “Almost”, “Little Hank” and “Chasin’ This Drunk” were just a few of the night’s highlights and are tracks available on his earlier releases. Green also did several cover songs plenty of justice, including Eric Church’s “Talladega” and “Like A Wrecking Ball”, Thomas Rhett’s “Die A Happy Man”, and the guaranteed crowd-pleaser, “Friends In Low Places”.

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As the night wore on, enthusiastic fans made their way onstage to pose for selfies or chug a beer with Green, who was a great sport throughout. By the time the show was nearing its end, many of the female audience members had joined him onstage, dancing around with their drinks raised high in the air. There’s no mistaking that Green is an attractive young man, and he will undoubtedly have similar experiences as his career progresses. But what sets him apart is the substance behind that. Green is a gifted singer-songwriter, with solid roots and a genuine personality. He’s one to watch, folks – this guy is definitely on his way. You can make sure you’re along for the ride by following Green on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook & find out more about this talented guy by visiting his website.

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