Bob Greenman is an American Americana singer songwriter whose style grew from influences of Americana, Texas-country, Honky-Tonk and Blues. His melodies and rhythms draw the listener into a space where he weaves in lyrics that range from literal to subtle commentaries on society, the environment and stumbling through life day-to-day. He also crafts edgy (sometimes quirky) songs about life and love.
Growing up along the upstate New York/Pennsylvania border he spent his early years working and living in working-class rural and urban areas. As a kid, he listened to R&B and country cross-over songs sung by the likes of Marty Robbins, Patsy Cline, Roger Miller, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash and Glenn Campbell.
During the 1960s and early 1970s he was inspired by the cries for justice coming from the protest song writers of the sixties such as Phil Ochs, Pete Seeger, Nina Simone, John Fogerty, Buffy Saint Marie, Peter La Farge and Joan Baez. Greenman began writing poetry and short stories on these themes but musical rhythms called him into music and songwriting.
Shortly after 2000 Bob discovered the endless river and boundless diversity of music that was born in Texas. Much of his music has been heavily influenced by by Texas singer/songwriters like Guy Clark, Rodney Crowell, Ryan Bingham, Joe Ely, Butch Hancock, Terry Allen, Michelle Shocked, Robert Earl Keene and Hayes Carll.
He released his first independent recording of one of his original songs, “Whiskey and a Silver Tear”, a single in November of 2019 and is currently in the studio working on a full album of his original songs.
Bob continues to look for inspiration in younger singer-songwriters such as John Fullbright, Taylor Goldsmith, Shovels and Rope (Michael Trent and Carrie Ann Hearst), Tyler Childers, Parker Millsap and Shakey Graves.