Richard Greene

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades: 1970s 1990s


9 November 1945, Beverly Hills, California, USA. This virtuoso fiddle player began his career in 1962 in a duo called the Orange Coast Ramblers with Ken Frankel on mandolin. They broke up in 1963 when Frankel joined Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter in the Hart Valley Drifters. Greene joined the Dry City Scat Band with David Lindley, Chris Darrow (both of whom were later in Kaleidoscope), Steve Cahill and Pete Maldem. Greene was with them until 1965, playing on their privately pressed EP and on the Elektra Records compilation String Band Project. After this, Greene was briefly a member of the Greenbriar Boys and between March 1966 and March 1967 served in Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Boys; he is featured on the Decca Records album Blue Grass Time. Greene joined Red Allen And The Kentuckians before switching to the Jim Kweskin Jug Band in time for Garden Of Joy.

In 1968 Greene joined the Blues Project and played a pivotal role in revitalizing...

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