The wave that this Texas-born singer/songwriter has ridden for the past few years isn't bad, considering he's someone who began seriously pursuing a professional career only after being fired (by his stepfather, who thought he needed a push) from his day job as a gas wholesaler. Green is unique because he chose to build his career independently with a grassroots following that relied more on word-of-mouth buzz than big media campaigns, and that direction continued even after he signed with a major label and had enough clout to sell out concert halls around the country. On Cannonball (Sony/BMG), his latest release, he decided to turn a page by taking his music in a different, radio-friendly direction, clearly influenced by his tour with The Dave Matthews Band. In a live setting, he seems to prefer a straightforward approach, which suits the sing-along nature of his music. There are no gimmicks like dancers or cutesy outfits; the music speaks for itself. His audience clearly appreciates it, as one notices via the various live YouTube videos posted by his many fans.
Get the ICYMI: Today's Top Stories Newsletter Our daily newsletter delivers quick clicks to keep you in the know
Catch up on the day's news and stay informed with our daily digest of the most popular news, music, food and arts stories in Phoenix, delivered to your inbox Monday through Friday.