Paul Greene’s three and a half octave voice, catchy melodies, witty lyrics and unique arrangements make him one of Australia’s most exciting musical prospects. His music is a magnificent concoction of soul, folk, pop, roots and rock which he delivers all by his lonesome, with only a battery of well worn guitars, a stomp-box and a belt full of harmonicas for company. One of those rare performers whose songs are infectious and easily accessible, yet full of depth and complexity he is equally as well versed as a songwriter and an interpreter of other people’s material.
Discovered by Midnight Oil's Rob Hirst, Greene has built a loyal and enthusiastic following via a never ending journey through Australia’s version of the old Southern American chitlin’ circuit: a variety of well-trodden bars, clubs, pubs, town halls and small theatres in small country towns and regional centres, as well as established music venues in capital cities.
The inspiration behind Ben Harper’s ‘Diamonds on The Inside’ Greene has sold nearly 50,000 albums independently in his native Australia (which, per capita, would be similar to selling 700,000 in the USA) however, until 2008, his name was familiar only to music industry insiders and a close knit community of admirers around the country. With the May 2008 release of ‘Distance over Time’ on his own Whirl Records label (distributed initially by Destra, now Shock Records) the staunchly independent performer’s music reached a whole new audience thanks to his phenomenal live performances and rave reviews.
In 2008 he scored the coveted national support for Patty Griffin's Australian tour and has become a regular on the festival circuit – in the past 12 months he has performed to hundreds of thousands of music fans at The East Coast Blues & Roots Festival, Queenscliff, Toyota Muster, Festival Of The Sun, Coastfest, Deni Ute Muster, Caloundra Music Festival, Woodford Folk Festival and Peat’s Ridge. He has been confirmed as a performer at Apollo Bay Music Festival and CMC Rocks the Snowys in March 2010.
‘Distance over Time’ was ABC National Album of The Week upon its release and is a wonderful showcase for Greene’s songwriting skills, justifying the many critics who regard him as one of Australian music’s best-kept secrets. Radio station 3PBS’s tipped it as one of the Best Roots albums on week of release while Rhythms proclaimed “Paul Greene is one gifted musician. He sings like a friggin’ angel.”
Sydney Morning Herald’s Bernard Zuel remarked how he moves effortlessly “from rustic folk-pop to unreconstructed rocker; from herbal roots ex-surfer type to intense singer-songwriter”. "Greene's genuine songwriting stands above all else" proclaimed the Newcastle Herald; “You could be forgiven for thinking we may have our own Jack Johnson but Greene is more than that!” exclaims the Daily Telegraph. DIG radio says, “Paul Greene is growing into one of the best Australian singer songwriters” whilst the top rating radio network Nova called his music “refreshingly honest and as catchy as you like” before anointing him Australia’s best unsigned acoustic act in 2007. ‘Work Love Dance Trust’, the first single from ‘Distance over Time’ was finally released in July 2009 and received airplay on over 100 commercial stations, a rare feat for an independent act in Australia.
In December 2009 Greene undertook a 10 day promotional tour of Japan in December to promote the release of 'Distance over Time' (Vivid Sound) which incorporated in-store appearances, live to air radio performances/interviews and media showcases. He will be showcasing at Canadian Music Week in March 2010 and is one of the first performers confirmed for North by Northeast which takes place in Toronto in June.
Paul Greene’s new studio album ‘Everywhere is Home’ will be released on April 19, 2010. Tour starts Thursday April 15, 2010 with a show at The Basement in Sydney.