Alastair Greene Righteously Rockin’

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Righteously Rockin’ The Blues ‘Through The Rain’ And Beyond

Southern California-based blues-rock Alastair Greene has carved a solid niche’ through the years with rock, blues, and guitar fans and his latest record has received solid media accolades. The album’s signature single, “By The Way,” (featuring a catchy chorus and rollicking lead guitar trade-offs between Greene and Ty Tabor from King’s X) is nominated for “Rock Single of the Year” by the 2012 Los Angeles Music Awards.  Greene is also the touring guitarist with the renowned Alan Parsons Project Live for the last few years. A festival favorite, the Alastair Greene band again returns to play the Kern River Rock N Blues Festival in Bakersfield on September 28-29.

Alastair Greene

All Access Magazine (AAM) caught up with Alastair (AG) for an interviewrecently. This is how it went.

AAM: What’s the latest and greatest going on with Alastair Greene?

AG: I just got back from a short tour of South America playing guitar with the Alan Parsons Live Project. It’s looking like the next APLP dates will be in early 2013 so now it’s back to writing songs and playing gigs with my Blues Rock band. We’ve got a bunch of great shows coming up and they are all listed on my website for those who are interested. I also just played on a few songs for Glen Phillips’ (Toad The Wet Sprocket) new record which was an inspiring experience.

AAM: How is it touring with Alan Parsons?

AG: It’s been great! Alan is a wonderful person and a pleasure to work for. The band and crew are all great guys and we have a fun time traveling and working together.  The crowds are always awesome and we get to go to some pretty amazing places. I am very grateful to be able see the world with my guitar in hand playing music with a legend. His fans expect to hear and see an amazing live show and we all work hard to make sure they get it.

AAM: You’ll be performing again this year at the Kern River Rock And Blues Festival the weekend of September 28-29. Is that cool or what?!

AG: Very cool! I am happy to be asked back for the 2nd year in a row. The line-up is looking strong with lots of killer SoCal and Bakersfield area bands. I’m looking forward to seeing some old friends and making some new ones.

AAM: Having been at it in the music business for the better part of two decades, what are your thoughts on how it has changed over time?

AG: I see how music has really been devalued via the internet over the last decade. I think we all see that so I’m not reporting anything new. It’s a shame people aren’t buying music the way they used to. That means we have to work harder and be more creative, inquisitive, and on the ball as musicians. I see some bands and labels finding ways to make it work which gives me some hope for the future of live and recorded music.

AAM: Talk about your latest record, Through The Rain.

Alastair Greene

AG: Through The Rain is more of a hard rock record than my last release. It contains a lot of songs I wrote back in the early 90s when I was listening to a lot of classic rock as well as the roots and hard rock bands coming out at that time like The Black Crowes, Arc Angles, King’s X, Gov’t Mule, Raging Slab, and Ian Moore. The songs still have a lot of my Blues influence in them, but I colored outside the lines a lot more on this record.  I wanted to get these songs recorded and released since they are a big part of my musical make up.  In doing so it has allowed me to move on to the next phase of my musical life.

AAM: What is Alastair Greene’s Master Plan for World Domination in the music industry?

AG: The plan has always been to write and play great songs and get a group of great players to play them on records and at as many gigs as possible. It’s been working for years, or so they say!

AAM: When you’re not playing music, what are some of your other hobbies?

AG: I don’t really have any hobbies. I like watching movies and some sports as much as the next guy, but most of my time and energy is focused on music. Whether it’s listening, writing, performing, teaching, or practicing. That’s what makes my world go around.