What Keith Greeninger brings to music and life is authenticity. Whether singing his own songs or others, he paints intricate portraits of the human condition with powerful melodic images, deep engaging guitar rhythms and husky, heart-wrenching vocals.
His masterfully crafted tunes and powerful presence have earned him the top songwriting awards at the prestigious Telluride Bluegrass Festival, The Kerrville Folk Festival and The Napa Valley Folk Festival. He has toured the national Folk and Americana circuit extensively for over two decades and is a sought after guest for radio broadcasts.
A fourth generation Northern Californian, Keith grew up at the edge of a rich agricultural region, fondly known as the ‘Valley of Heart’s Delight.’ now called the Silicon Valley. His songs reflect life of a simpler time, a search for deeper meaning and compassion for all living things.
It was at the height of the US backed Contra war in Central America, when Keith traveled to Nicaragua to help build schools and housing for people who had been displaced by the tragic war. This experience enriched and altered the course of his life and his music in a most profound way.
Keith made his way back to Santa Cruz to build a life with his family and soon became a sought after performer in his own band, solo and as a guest performer on other albums. It was in the studio that producer Cookie Marenco was introduced to Keith.
When seeking top performers for the creation of Extended Sound Environment (E.S.E.), Keith immediately came to Cookie’s mind. Along with his long time musical partner, Dayan Kai, the duo performed “Looking for a Home” live-in-the-studio for what would become the most popular and sought after song in Blue Coast Records’ history.
It was during the recording of that song that Gus Skinas, of Sony, said “You are going to make an album of this, right?” and Blue Coast Records was born.
Keith’s contribution to Blue Coast Records can’t be under-estimated. Whether called on for a live performance to entertain NPR or be a guest on someone else’s recording, Keith delivers an impact on every session with heart and soul that few can match.