Violinist performs with the Foo Fighters on west coast
PITTSFIELD -- To most residents of Sheffield, violinist Jessy Greene may best be known as the daughter of now-retired attorney Paul Greene, who practiced in Southern Berkshire for many years.
But since moving to Los Angeles soon after her graduation from Mount Everett Regional School in the late 1980s, Greene has forged a remarkable career as a solo artist, studio musician, touring musician and band member.
Greene began playing the violin as a very young child in Sheffield. Since moving to Los Angeles, she has toured with the Foo Fighters, played with Pink at the American Music Awards, and also played with Wilco, Soul Asylum, Joseph Arthur, Glen Campbell and Ben Harper. In addition to being a former member of the Jayhawks, Greene has also completed two solo albums.
The Sheffield native's latest project, along with Tulsa pianist/vocalist Sunday Lane, was completing an EP album, "Lost Here," as the band Fauntella Crow. Lane, 22, is a classically-trained pianist.
Greene spoke from her home in Venice Beach, Calif., about her career, her life and her influences in a recent phone interview.
Berkshires Week: When did you leave the Berkshires?
Jessy Greene: Fairly soon after graduation. I went out to Los Angeles, then moved to Minneapolis for a few years. But I'm back in L.A. now.
Why Los Angeles?
JG:For me, while the Berkshires is still a beautiful area, I thought I needed to explore the world a little. And I felt the music scene in the Berkshires wasn't really there in the 1980s.
BW: When did you start playing violin?
JG: My dad bought me one when I was about 4.
BW: I noticed on your latest CD that you play instruments besides the violin.
JG: Yes. In addition to violin, I play cello and guitar. I also have a drum machine. I'm basically obsessed with music.
BW: How did you meet Sunday Lane?
JG: We met last year through another music producer out here. I thought she was awesome, and we talked and decided to see what we could do together.
BW: How would you describe the kind of music on "Lost Here"?
JG:I call it "romantic alternative" music.
BW: As opposed to alternative folk, or some other indie label?
JG: Yeah. I think our music is very romantic, very passionate.
BW:What were your musical influences growing up in Sheffield?
JG: Well, I had the advantage of listening to the music of my older siblings. I liked what we call now "classic rock": Jimi Hendrix, the Rolling Stones. I liked Lynyrd Skynyrd. I also liked music that made me want to dance.
BW: You've toured the country, obviously. Do you ever get back East?
JG:Oh, absolutely. I played in New York City a few weeks ago. I'm looking to book some gigs in the East right now.
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