Red Carpet Interview
2012 Nominee – Rock Single of the Year “By The Way”- 22nd Annual LA Music Awards
Alastair Greene Band – Delta / Eclecto Groove one-sheet
ALASTAIR GREENE BAND “TROUBLE AT YOUR DOOR”
Blues and rock have met at many different crossroads. From Cream and Johnny Winter to Stevie Ray Vaughan and Gov’t Mule these blues rock recipes are often boiled down to a simple trio. Such is the melting pot of influences and presentation of the Alastair Greene Band. Greene formed his first blues rock trio with former members of the legendary Southern California band the Pontiax in 1997. The Alastair Greene Band (AGB) has gone through several incarnations and line-ups over the years and has included alumni of the Steve Miller Band, Paul Butterfield Band, and Junior Wells Band. The AGB has also backed many blues artists in the studio and on stage, including Delta Groove recording artists Mitch Kashmar, Franck Goldwasser, as well as the incomparable James Harman. Currently, the line-up has solidified with Alastair Greene on guitar and vocals, Jim Rankin on bass and vocals, and Austin Beede on drums.
Not only is Greene a blues rock guitar slinging and singing front man, but he has also served many years as a side man to some legendary musicians. Currently, Greene is the touring guitarist with Alan Parsons and has been touring internationally with the English pop/ progressive rock veteran since 2010. After Greene played on Parsons’ 2004 release A Valid Path, Alan was quoted as saying, “Alastair should be out playing guitar with the biggest bands in the world. I believe it’s just a matter of time.” Heady praise indeed coming from the man who engineered Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, served as second engineer on the last two albums by The Beatles, and has also sold millions of albums with his own Alan Parsons Project. When the guitar slot for Parsons’ band opened in 2010, Greene got the call. Alastair has also appeared on albums by high profile artists such as drum legend Aynsely Dunbar as well as Toad the Wet Sprocket front man Glen Phillips.
Alastair Greene has released four studio albums and one live record since 2002. His fifth studio recording will be the Eclecto Groove Records offering Trouble at Your Door. This is sure to be his most explosive recording thus far. The Alastair Greene Band combines a deep respect for traditional forms and themes, but adds a modern approach combined with a classic rock sound. Drummer Austin Beede brings a deep knowledge of jazz and rock grooves, as well as an innate ability to shuffle with the best of them, while Jim Rankin’s rock solid rhythm & blues and classic rock influences on both bass and vocals have been a welcomed addition to the band. “This is the happiest I’ve been musically in a long time,” Greene said recently. “These guys are so much fun to play music with. We’ve got a great chemistry, and I can’t wait for the world to hear it.”
“I’ve known Alastair since we were kids and he’s always been a ripping guitarist. Glad to hear he’s still going strong.”– Chris Shiflett / Foo Fighters
“The guitar sound is full bodied with a grinding lived in quality, with hints of unfiltered tobacco and whisky as smooth as 40-grit sandpaper.” – Mike Cavanaugh / All Access Magazine
“…Greene morphs his signature blues approach into a wailing rock ‘n’ roll hybrid, replete with searing solos and licks that recall the Stones at their most bombastic!” – Aly Comingore / Santa Barbara Independent
Trouble at Your Door will be serviced to over 600 commercial and non-commercial radio outlets including, NPR, Satellite, College, Americana and Blues programming.
Print ad campaign featuring full-page color ads in publications including Living Blues, Blues Music Magazine and Big City Rhythm &Blues.
Alastair Greene Band will be touring worldwide in support of “Trouble at Your Door”
In-store play copies available for retail upon request.
Alan Parsons: LiveSpan – 2013
Alan Parsons: Alpha Centauri (iTunes Single) 2010
Alan Parsons: Sirius (re-make) 2009
Alan Parsons: A Valid Path – 2004
Alastair Greene: A Little Wiser – 2002
Alastair Greene: Through The Rain – 2011
Alastair Greene Band: Live In L.A. – 2003
Alastair Greene Band: Walking In Circles – 2009
Alastair Greene Band: Now & Again – 2013
Alastair Greene Band: Trouble At Your Door 2014
Anthony Prieto: Anthony Prieto – 1999
Aynsley Dunbar: Mutiny – 2008
Bad Astronaut: Acrophobe – 2001
Claude Hopper: Four In The Morning – 2001
Claude Hopper: The Finite Nature Of Things – 2004
Evil Farmer: Nice – 1994
Frank Goldwasser & The AGB – S/T 2006
Frank ‘Paris Slim’ Goldwasser – Bluju – 2007
Glen Phillips – Coyote Sessions 2012
Greg Kirchmaier: Demo – 2005
Ignatz: Demo – 1998
Jackie Morris: – S/T 2010
Jay Shobe: Saginaw – 2003
Kirstin Candy: Fearless – 1997
Les Benson: Too Many Late Nights – 1999
Mike Dawson: mona d – 2004
Mitch Kashmar: Wake Up & Worry – 2006
Morganfield Burnett & Da Blues: S/T – 1998
Mutant Bastards: Demo – 2000
Nicola Gordon: 2 Cranes Fly By – 2004
Nick Schlesinger: Broken Glass & Gasoline – 2013
Peter Feldmann: 50 Years In The Bluegrass (DVD) – 2013
Retrodemon: Demonstration- 2006
Sonic Reality: Tribute to RUSH -2012
Scarecrow: Demos – 1992-1995
Sean McCue: Apart – 2008
Stars From Mars: Demo – 1999
The Crime – Demo 1989
The Penfifteen Club: TBA
Trio Grande: Live At Soho – 2007
Uru: Uru – 2003
Shari Puorto: Down The Road – 2008
Shari Puorto: Real – 2011
Spitting Bull: Demos – 1995-1997
Various: Berklee Demos – 1990-1992
Alastair Greene biography
Guitarist, Singer, and Songwriter Alastair Greene has been a mainstay of the Southern California music scene for over 2 decades. Alastair was born April 18th, 1971 in Santa Barbara, CA. He discovered music through his mother’s piano playing at home and whose record collection included classics by The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, and Elton John, while his father’s tastes at the time leaned toward Bach and Beethoven. Alastair was inspired to pursue music as a career by his grandfather, the late Chico Alvarez, who played trumpet as a member of the Stan Kenton Band in the ’40s and ’50s. Growing up, Alastair took piano lessons and played the saxophone before discovering the guitar in High School. He received a scholarship to the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he studied for two years before returning to southern California to begin playing with Blues and Rock bands in the early ‘90s.
Alastair is best known for his blues-based, soulful, and melodic guitar playing (as well as one of a rare-breed to play slide guitar), Alastair can be heard on CDs by Alan Parsons (2006 Grammy Nominated ‘A Valid Path’ and the 2013 live CD ‘Live Span’); Aynsley Dunbar (2008 SPV Records release ‘Mutiny’); Blues singer, harmonica legend, and former member of WAR, Mitch Kashmar (2005 ‘Wake Up and Worry’ on Delta Groove Records), Toad The Wet Sprocket’s front man Glen Phillips (2012 release ‘The Coyote Sessions’) as well as French Blues Guitarist Franck Golwasser’s 2007 release ‘Bluju.’ Alastair has put out 5 of his own CDs and has also appeared on countless independent CD releases ranging from Blues to Southern Rock. Alastair’s song ‘The Long Way Home’ appeared in a 2007 episode of the TNT hit TV series ‘Saving Grace’.
The Alastair Greene Band was formed in 1997 and has always played a combination of original material as well as covers. Whether with his own band or as part of others, Alastair has opened shows for The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Robin Trower, John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, Lonnie Brooks, Chris Thomas King, Lucky Petersen, Jonny Lang, Billy Boy Arnold, Joe Bonamassa, Mike Campbell’s Dirty Knobs, and many more. Alastair continues to perform an average of 100 live dates a year with his own band as well as with the Alan Parsons Live Project, Mitch Kashmar, Franck Goldwasser, Shari Puorto and a host of other Southern California Bands. The Alastair Greene Band was the only unsigned act to play the main stage at the 2010 Sonora Blues Festival.
Alastair released the Blues CD ‘Walking In Circles’ in June 2009 and accepted an offer to be the full time guitarist in the Alan Parsons Live Project in January 2010. The Alastair Greene Band Co-Headlined the 2010 Real Blues Festival of Orange County and the 1st annual Kern River Blues and Rock Fest. The Hard Rock CD ‘Through The Rain’ was released November 11th, 2011 on LeRoi Records and includes the single ‘By The Way’ which features a guitar trade-off solo between Alastair and Ty Tabor from King’s X.
In 2013 Alastair released ‘Now & Again’, a 15 song compilation CD of previously released and un-released recordings. The Alastair Greene Band was chosen to represent the Santa Barbara Blues Society at the International Blues Competition in Memphis, TN. Alastair continued to tour extensively with Alan Parsons in 2013 playing close to 50 shows in Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Holland, India, Bulgaria, and the United States.
In January 2014 the Alastair Greene Band signed to Delta Groove Productions / Eclecto Groove Records and released the Blues-Rock album ‘Trouble At Your Door’ on June 17th, 2014.
In November 2014 Alastair toured with Starship Featuring Mickey Thomas. Alastair filled in on lead guitar for guitarist John Roth who was on tour with the rock band Winger. On tour, Starship opened several shows for Lynyrd Skynyrd and performed such classic hits as ‘Fooled Around And Fell in Love’, ‘We Built This City’, ‘Sara’, and ‘Find Your Way Back’.
In January of 2015 the Alastair Greene Band signed with the Tina Terry Agency for World Wide booking. Tina has decades of experience in the Blues-Rock world and was worked extensively with the late Johnny Winter.
Alastair has performed live with:
Al Schnier (moe)
Barry Goldberg (The Electric Flag)
BB “Chung” King aka Alan Mirkitani
Bob Margolin (Muddy Waters Band)
Carl Sonny Leyland (Anson Funderburgh)
CF Kip Winger (Winger / Solo artist)
Chester Thompson (Genesis / Frank Zappa)
David Pack (Ambrosia)
Eric Burdon (The Animals)
Franck Goldwasser (Mannish Boys)
Gary Mallaber (Steve Miller Band / Van Morrison)
Godfrey Townsend (John Entwistle Band)
Jeff Pevar (CPR / Crosby, Stills, & Nash)
Jimmy Vivino (Conan O’Brien Band)
Joey Delgado (The Delgado Brothers)
John Helliwell (Supertramp)
Jon Theodore (Queens Of The Stone Age)
Juan Alderete (Mars Volta / Racer-X)
Kirk Fletcher (Fabulous Thunderbirds)
Les Stroud (Survivorman)
Little Jonny Lawton
Long Tall Deb
Marty Fera (Glen Frey)
Nick Moss Band
Pete Anderson (Dwight Yoakam)
Rick Reed (Paul Butterfield)
Starship featuring Mickey Thomas
Tom Lackner (Jeff Bridges)
Vinnie Amico (moe)
Wally Ingram (Sheryl Crow / David Lindley)