John Greene - Hard Country
My previous album, 'West of the Rest', had been written about travelling and was inspired by the travelling I was doing.
At about the time it was released I ran out of money and so started to spend more time in my own head, as it were.

The songs included here are the results of this and also, possibly, my reaching 65 years, a landmark I never thought I'd see!

The first tracks were laid down in early 2013 and, with the invaluable assistance of my co-producer, Ben Morgan, we hit upon the 'sound' I had always wanted.
So successfully did we do this that I decided to re-record all my previous work!!!
This took about 9 months and what with re-releasing, upgrading artwork and such, it was not until early 2014 that 'Hard Country' was completed.

The songs are about my experiences of life and my expectations of death. I hope there is no morbidity or doom and gloom in them because that is not what’s happening, in fact I can truly say that I have never been happier :)
As usual, massive thanks to all that contributed, without whom etc. etc.

John Greene Dec 2013


01 Do What
Growing up is the subject matter and how to do it the message. Dedicated to my teenage grandson.

02 Dream About Me Too
Love etc. Inspired by a 'lady' I met in Houston, Texas in the early seventies. She may or may not have been called LindyLou !

03 Moving Day
My thoughts on what (and who) you take with you when you face the inevitable.

04 Next Time Round
The older one gets the closer the inevitable becomes and it seems, the easier it gets to face. Here, i am planning for the future :)

05 Letting Go
Putting the past behind you and moving on. For and about my last, absolutely last, ex-wife !

06 It's A Hard Road
Inspired by a succession of deaths of people I respected here I maintain that there is a plan.

07 Separate Rooms
A break-up in the family and the all too familiar series of events that ensue.

08 Ask Yourself Why
Psychiatry and its illusions are disparaged. If you can't help yourself, don't expect any one else to do it for you.

09 Someday Soon
Another song about growing old and my interest and excitement, it must be said, in finding out what happens next.

10 To the Desert
But before I go, I'd like to spend some more time in northern Arizona, get warm and lose the damp from my bones !


John Greene -
Vocals, BV's, Guitars, Bass,
Keyboards & Pedal Steel Guitar


Kevin Jefferies -
Bass (tracks 1, 2, 6 & 8)
Yan Speake -
Bass (tracks 3, 4, 7 & 9)
Matt Exelby -
Piano (tracks 4, 5, 6 & 7)
BV's (track 6)

Ben Morgan -
Guitars (tracks 1, 3 & 8)
Michael Thomson -
Lead Guitar (tracks 4 & 8)
Jim Carey -
Accordion (tracks 4 & 10)
Brian Hoskin -
Banjo (tracks 3 & 5)
Jez Beswick -
Harmonica (track 3)


All recorded at my home studio, now happily upgraded with a massively more powerful CPU. A vocal booth was added for my SCT700 mic, which helped a lot.

Cubase was used throughout as was Superior drummer.

Produced by John Greene

Artwork & Photos by #johngreenemusic

Original song lyrics - HERE