(CSC) 1. What’s new with Jack Greene?
I've been in the studio for months recording my new project "Precious Memories, Treasured Friends. The recordings feature many duets with friends from my years in the music industry; Lorrie Morgan, Vince Gill, Riders In The Sky, and many others who have committed to do duets with me. I feel honored that so many have come forth to be on these recordings, it sure shows you who your friends are.
(CSC) 2. You recently celebrated your 40th anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry. How did you celebrate the special occasion?
It was wonderful! I celebrated my 40th year as a member of the Grand Ole Opry at The Texas Troubadour Theater with a reception before hosting the Midnight Jamboree that night. We had a great time with many of my friends coming to join in on the fun. It was a packed house and we didn’t leave there till 3 am! I even received a letter of congratulations from the President. I will never forget that night.
(CSC) 3. You are known as the ambassador of country music. What first attracted you to singing country music?
I’ve been singing and playing music since I was about 10 years old when my mother started teaching me the guitar. The first song I ever learned was the “Wildwood Flower.” I’ve been picking and grinnin' ever since.
(CSC) 4. After all the years of constant touring, what do you enjoy most about getting on the road and performing LIVE shows?
I love to be on stage and hear the audience respond to my performance, I guess that’s the best feeling for an artist. I also love to meet the fans and hear what they have to say about which part of the show they enjoyed the most. Its fun to listen to them talk about when they first came to see me and that they are still coming out 40 years later. I love my fans and really appreciate their support over the years.
(CSC) 5. You and fellow Opry star Jeannie Seely are dear friends. How did you two first meet and become friends?
Jeannie was a Grammy winner for "Don't Touch Me" and was performing on the Opry at the same time I was, she was inducted into the Opry as a member a few months previous to me. Jeannie's husband at the time, legendary songwriter, Hank Cochran wrote a few of my songs back then. Jeannie & I were both on the same label “Decca” and traveled together as a duet act for 12 years. Of course everyone knew everyone else when you were performing so much on the Opry in those days. We had to do 26 weeks at the Opry. Jeannie has been a wonderful friend for well over 45 years, & we still share the stage on occasion.
(CSC) 6. Before going solo you toured with the legendary Ernest Tubb. Can you share some stories about those special years with us?
Ernest Tubb was a great man and I owe him so much, I will always be thankful to him for helping me get started at Decca with Owen Bradley. Ernest loved to work. He’d keep us out on the road 3 months with only one day off. Sometimes he’d do 3 shows in one night. That was when you really paid your dues in this business.
(CSC) 7. What does it mean to you to be a member of the Grand Ole Opry?
A Whole lot!! I’ve spent over 40 years as a member, I was inducted December 23rd, 1967 and I started performing ( playing drums) on the Opry 5 years previous to that as one of Ernest Tubb's "Troubadours." I guess at this point in my life performing on the Opry is a habit I’d hate to ever have to break. It is still an amazing thrill to get a standing ovation at the Opry. The other members are like members of your family when you’ve been there so long. It was then, and always will be the greatest honor of my life to be asked to be a part of the history of country music at The Grand Ole Opry.
(CSC) 8. What do you want to be remembered for?
First as a good person, someone other people can relate to. Secondly, I’d like my career and songs to be remembered as fondly as I remember them. Hopefully I’ve been able to touch many lives and hearts over the years and hopefully will continue to with these new recordings. I like to spread a smile around whenever I can.
(CSC) 9. When you aren’t working, what do you find yourself doing?
I like to spend time with our two Shih Tzu’s “Gibson & Taylor” Lee Ann & I take them whenever we can, and travel with them all over. Gibson is huge, he weighs 26lbs, and we call him the Hillbilly Shih Tzu! He thinks he’s a lap dog. Ha-ha and
(CSC) 10. What is your greatest accomplishment?
First, having faith and being a good Christian. Second, accomplishing what I have been able to in my career. I’m blessed to be able to do something that to me has never been a job, but a joy. I hope and pray I’ll be able to do what I love for many more years to come.
(CSC) 11. For your fans that are reading this interview, what are some special things you’d like to share with them?
I’d like to say thank you to all my fans that have supported my music and my career. As well as the ones that have come out to my shows, Fan Fair, and so many other places to see me. Thanks again for allowing me and my music to be a part of your lives. It is great to meet new friends and see old friends out there on the road. God’s Blessings, Jack Greene
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