His fifth release, Carry On (on his own Greenhorse Records), is captained by Texas ¨ber-producer Lloyd Maines and features Green's road band along with guest shots from Maines, David Grissom, Terri Hendrix and ole Slick Willie himself. Although some of his themes are clichéd (childhood reminiscing, wimmin lovin' and leavin', escaping a small town), his wordsmith skills and earnest delivery keep them engaging. Green's reedy voice and acoustic playing easily move from jaunty country-rock ("You Gotta Know," "Rusty Old American Dream") to poignant Dixie lament ("Washington Avenue," the excellent "Ruby's Two Sad Daughters"), all in the space of ten originals and two covers.
Let's be honest. Green will probably never hit the Billboard Top 10 or have his plain-guy mug splashed across the screens of CMT. But he might just be the type of artist who can build a career playing to fans who know the words to every one of his songs.