Riley Green is one of country music’s most talked about up-and-coming superstars. He released a new album dubbed Ain’t My Last Rodeo on October 13. The 12-track project is named after a song on the album, “My Last Rodeo.” The singer wrote the song following one of the final conversations he had with his late Grandaddy Buford while in the hospital.
Riley attributes his Grandaddy for his musical appreciation, education, and inspiration. Riley said, “I was fortunate enough to grow up within about three miles of my grandparents, so they were a huge part of my growing up and who I am—and this album is a lot of who I am. This is really the first time I was able to really take my time, write, and record songs that really felt like a cohesive album.”
He added, “I’m really proud of it and want to thank the fans for all of their encouragement—I hope y’all enjoy it.”
Green also has a song with Jelly Roll on the project as well as a cover of Tim McGraw’s “Damn Country Music.”
The new album also includes Riley’s current single, “Different ‘Round Here (feat. Luke Combs).” He told me of being on Luke's stadium tour in 2023, “I certainly learned a lot. It’s a different show. You know, I think I am a lot more drawn to the smaller acoustic venues and the more intimate setting. It’s completely different, so there is a lot I had to learn to fill up a big stage like that and to appeal to fifty-thousand people.”
He concluded, “I definitely learned a lot about a live show, and it really put me in front of a lot of new potential fans. It was a great opportunity. I think me and Luke have a lot of the same fans.”
As Green’s star continues to rise in country music, we gathered five songs of his that we think everyone should know.