Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Judd Is a solo artist, and band leader of Loose Cannons (with Martin Strand on bass, and Kyle Doran on drums). Judd has spent the last twenty-plus years playing and teaching music in the Pacific Northwest. Since 2007, Judd has called Seattle home. Judd has been involved in a lot of projects with musicians over the years. Currently, he is focused on his solo career, and Loose Cannons. Some of the recent stuff Judd has done: self-released an album called “For You.,” collaborated and sang multiple harmony vocal parts of every song on the new Great American Trainwreck self-released album, and is currently working on singles at Revival Music Labs, cowriting with Trevor Ridge. Judd has recorded music for film (Kurt Cobain About A Son), and opened for national touring acts in the Pacific Northwest. Judd is the founding musician of Gigs4U. Judd has played multiple charity events (Musicares) with some of the best rock musicians in Seattle. Judd has played in funk bands with incredible players, and can put on a solo three hour show. He can play multiple instruments. He does it all. Judd is proud to have taught and continues to teach some of Seattle’s brightest and up-and-coming musicians. Judd is a founding faculty member at Academy of Music and Dance, Ballard. Judd has taught video game companies (VALVE), Bellevue College, and many others.
You got to believe when you play your first 3 chords on the guitar that something good is going to happen. If something resonates, you're in. How far in depends on your temperment and volatility. I started with a japanese copy of an SG when I was 9 years old, learning Deep Purple songs, Rolling Stones songs, Aerosmith toys in the Attic. Mike McCready lived 7 houses down the street and we used to jam after school and watch tv and listen to music, take turns soloing. It sounded like it does when you go into one of those big chain music stores and the kids are trying out the amps.......
I met Rick and Chris Friel in 7th grade on the school bus, and we started a band, warrior, and wrote original songs and later Mike Joined us too and we were called Shadow and we rehearsed everyday after school and got bigger and bigger amps so much so that the neighbors would threaten to call the police, and we started playing shows at birthday parties, a dance at a church -- we were 12 or 13, so it wasn't like there was anyplace to play really other than that. But outside of our families, this was our family. I used to play 4 hours a day.
I played in Shadow until I was nineteen, but begged out of their move to LA and studied creative writing at Evergreen, but always played. Always wrote songs. Nirvana played my buddies birthday party in Olympia. I came back to Seattle and started a band with the awesome vocalist, Carrie Akre, and she called it Goodness. We co-wrote and released our first record through an independent label and sold 16,000 copies. We toured with Elliot Smith, signed with Atlantic records, played madison square gardens with Oasis, played with Cheap Trick, played in Vladivostock, Russia and toured some more. Chris Friel drummed for that band. Mike was in Pearl Jam at this point, and we talked about doing a record project together -- we recorded the Rockfords for Epic records. (This was the tv show we used to watch while we played guitar at his house.) That is still one of my favorite records that I have played on.
I took a break from performing and playing, still making it out for the odd show, but built a house on an island outside of Seattle and have a farm out there with sheep and chickens and geese and sometimes pigs. That was in 2007. In 2014 I started writing with Rick Friel and gradually put songs on top of songs until we had a record's worth of material. We started recording with Ian Moore, an amazing musician who also lives down the road from me. We recorded several of the tracks for our first record, Masterwish, in his studio on his property.
This year, we're releasing our second full length record. It's a little darker than our first, and I recorded a lot of it myself and produced. We're playing record store shows, playing bigger shows in Seattle and looking forward to a trip down to Los Angeles this winter. Playing with Rick on bass and Faith Stankevich on drums is awesome and All the Way is the best record I've made.
Writing songs is my favorite thing. I try and do it every morning, and get just a little beginning of an idea to coax. Usually it involves a bit of time, some sitting, some changes and changing again, but then you get there -- the heart of it. The center of the circle, and all the other layers, harmonies, and even the words are complimentary.
They say Leify Green is a rambling man, a millennial hippie, an old gypsy soul. He sings and plays with a passion that will move your mind, body, and spirit. He is known for getting his crowd on their feet and dancing with only the rhythm of his acoustic guitar and the cadence of his voice.
Guitar in hand, he has followed his muses everywhere from Miami to Montreal, from San Diego to Seattle, and all across Europe, Australia, South America, and Asia. There are many places Leify Green calls home, but the biggest piece of his heart is in Tacoma, Washington, where he can frequently be found performing and supporting his local music community.
Leify has written and recorded two EPs, one full-length album, and a variety of singles and other collaborative projects.
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