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A native of Alabama, Green grew up equally interested in sports and music. The latter he learned from his grandfather, Bufford Green, who ran a music joint while Riley was growing up. After attending Jacksonville State University, Green began pursuing a career in showbiz. In 2013, he released an eponymous EP. The following year, he signed up for the fourth season of Redneck Island, CMT's country spin on Survivor. Redneck Island raised Green's profile, bringing him to a wider audience. He took advantage of these new listeners by releasing the Bury Me in Dixie EP in 2015 and the County Line EP in 2016. The next year brought Outlaws Like Us. In June 2018, Green issued the In a Truck Right Now EP, which included the title track and the hit single "There Was This Girl." Another EP, Get That Man a Beer, appeared in June 2019, followed by his debut album, Different 'Round Here, that September. The record debuted at 11 on Billboard's Country charts and generated the hit ballad "I Wish Grandpas Never Died," which peaked at 12 Country Airplay.
Green opened his 2020 with Valley Road, an EP containing acoustic versions of five of his hits, then closed the year with If It Wasn't for Trucks, an EP of five brand-new tunes, including the Randy Owen duet "Better Than Me." Another EP, Behind the Bar, appeared the following year. Early 2022 brought two new releases, the concert album We Out Here: Live along with another EP, There Was This Girl. Green notched another hit in 2023 when he enlisted Luke Combs to assist him on a collaborative version of the title track from his first album. Along with "Raised Up Right" and "Mississippi or Me," the updated version of "Different 'Round Here" anchored his sophomore album, Ain't My Last Rodeo, released in October. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine