Kelly Green

Q & A with Kelly

Q: When and where were you born?

A: March 14th in Bradenton, FL. I was raised in Atlanta, GA.

Q: What's your sign?

A: Pisces

Q: Do you believe in Astrology?

A: Yes, the description of my sunsign seems to match my personality perfectly.

Q: When and why did you start playing?

A: When i was six. My parents bought me my first guitar.

Q: Which instruments do you play?

A: Guitar, bass, mandolin.

Q: What was the first tune(s) you learned?

A: 'If I Had A Dime', A song my father wrote.


Q: Is your family musical?

A: Yes, extremely. My father has always been a road musician. He taught my brother and I at a young age to play many instruments.We use to have huge festivals on our family property every year. I enjoyed these musical gatherings more than birthdays or Christmases. We had a huge classic rock influence growing up in my household. My brother and father can play any instrument handed to them.

Q: Which famous musicians do you admire?

A: Mark Farner, from Grand Funk Railroad, for his amazing vocals, song writing capabilities, and incredible stage presence. Bonnie Raitt because shes plays a guitar better than most men and performs with undeniable passion.

Q: Which famous musicians have you learned from?

A:  Grand Funk Railroad, Bonnie Raitt, KISS, Willie Nelson, Heart, UFO, Brownsville Station, Triumph, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and many many more.

Q: Who was your first teacher? Other teachers?

A: My father, and anyone I've ever played with.






Q: Describe your first instrument and other instruments special to you.

A: My first guitar was a mahogany Gibson Epiphone. I still play it to this day. It fell out of the stand and the neck broke many years ago. I cried and rushed it over to my father. He glued it back together and believe it or not it plays better than ever.

Q: What are your fondest musical memories? In your house? In your neighborhood or town?

A: Fredstock, the musical festival we would have every year. it was five days of musical bliss. Fredstock was the first time I saw Donnie McCormick, one of my biggest musical heroes, play live. My life was forever changed by these magical performances.

Q: Were you influenced by old records & tapes?

A: Of course! KISS Alive 2 is one of my favorite albums of all time. You can feel the energy they put out without having to see the show live. Another album that had a large effect on my musical influence was Foreigners first album, 'Foreigner' There wasn't a song I didn't enjoy.


 Q: Who's your favorite musician(s)?

A:  Mark Farner, Bonnie Raitt, BB Lee, Steve Dempsey, Donnie McCormick, Chris Light, Larry Bowie, Bill Sheffield, Nathan Nelson, Roger Miller, The Louvin Brothers, Etta James, The Mamas and The Papas, Robert Johnson, Nancy Wilson, Muddy Waters, Foreigner, Brody Dalle, Grace Potter, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jace N' Lee and so many more.

Q: What is your favorite song?....yes, just one!

A: 'Inside Looking Out' by Grand Funk Railroad, 'Suit Case Blues' by Triumph, and 'Everybody's Gonna Die' by Nathan Nelson.  Yes, I know that's more than one! 

Q: Do you get nervous before a performance?

A: Nervous is the wrong word. Anticipation or excitement would be a better way to describe it

Q: How do you handle mistakes during a performance?

A: Easy, don't stop, just keep playing.

Q: What advice would you give to beginners who are nervous?

A: Just do your thing, practice makes perfect.




Q: How often and for how long do you practice?

A: Everyday, how long just depends on my mood. Sometimes I need to work on a partucular song or I'll just try and write new material.

Q: Do you teach music?

A: No. I don't have the patience.

Q: How do you balance your music with other obligations - mate, children, job?

A: Music is my only obligation right now.

Q: Who have you played for and/or with?

A: Donnie McCormick, Psycho Devilles, Larry Bowie, and Agent Orange.

Q: Why do you love music?

A: Music is my life.