Hopeful songwriting and soaring harmonies
In the 15 years since Green River Ordinance began, their focus has remained strong: The purpose can't be to sell a bunch of records -- it has to be about something more. In finding that “something more,” all of the band members have pursuits outside of music. Guitarist Jamey Ice and his wife own BREWED, a coffee shop/pub in Fort Worth that was named one of the best in the nation. Jamey’s brother, Geoff, the band's bassist, is wrapping up his master’s degree in business administration. Drummer Denton Hunker designs leather and canvas bags for the company he founded, Hunker Bag Co. Guitarist Joshua Wilkerson is an avid cyclist who rides with the Fort Worth group, Night Riders, and Jenkins has co-written songs with some of country's most notable artists. Even more than their outside pursuits, Green River Ordinance is a band dedicated to making a lasting difference not only in the lives of their fans, but in the world at large. After walking away from a contract with EMI in 2011, Green River Ordinance set out to make the kind of music that was true to them, away from the demands and restrictions of commercial music. Their first experiment out of the gate validated their instincts. "Dancing Shoes" became a breakout hit for the group, landing in rotation on Sirius XM and selling more than 150,000 singles, bigger than anything they'd done before. For their third and most recent recording, "Fifteen," they continued making music on their own terms, writing the bulk of the record at the same cabin on Caney Fork River where they'd written their 2013 EP, "Chasing Down the Wind."