Ron Greene

Performed in Sofar Seattle

One of the most eclectic, busiest gigging artists gracing the Pacific Northwest, Ron Greene celebrates a decade since the release of his critically acclaimed debut album Sketches with a new single as fresh and incendiary as its title promises. Spinning freely off the intimate folk and smoldering funk/blues driven pop rock of his successful 2016 full length collection In Honor of a Critic, “Matchbook” finds the multi-talented, Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho based performer in a more straightforward pop mode, maintaining a high wire act of not wanting the relationship to end badly but knowing it’s time to cut the cord. Over a foundation of densely percussive, mid-tempo grooves, Greene expresses the emotional dilemma he’s facing with powerful vocals that tap into his multitude of rock and soul influences: “’Cause I don’t want to burn it down/But this is madness sticking around/And we could fight it, ride it out/But I would just rather go and kiss it with a matchbook…” The track coolly shifts momentarily into a reflective, piano-vocal driven bridge, where he makes his difficult decision: “Gotta go, had to go/I need a little room to breathe/Had to go, gotta go/To save a little piece of me.”

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