“There’s a young man living in Avoca, who has spent a good portion of his life trying to keep his family’s musical heritage alive. His name is David Green, a guitarist of the first order, performing in the style of the very earliest music that came to the State of Iowa from Appalachia. David is also a vocalist in that same early mountain style of licensing agency at that time, ASCAP.”
Bob Everhart has a lot to say about what happened to America’s earliest country music. “It’s so sad to see this incredible discrimination go un-fixed. David Green comes from a very musical family. All of his earlier generations played a form of mountain country music. His father, Harold, was a gifted guitarist, and carried on the oral tradition of passing those early songs from one generation to another. So did David’s uncle, Ben Green, who spent most of his life in Kansas. His music ranged all the way back to the same musical influences Bill Monroe the “Father” of bluegrass music experienced. Those same elements of early Appalachian musical influence also travels far far back in David Green’s musical heritage. His Grandfather, his great grandfather and his great-great-grandfather all maintained the same strong desire to keep their music alive, intact, and well. That didn’t happen however when they began to make early recordings of their music, and discovered according to the only music licensing agency at that time ASCAP, that their music was, in their words, ‘unfit for humans to listen to.’”
“That discrimination made it impossible for the Greens to save what they had held in their hearts and minds all those many years. They play by ear they say, they don’t read music, they share what is in their hearts as a musical genre that has gone through many changes and alterations, but they stay with the original sound. How could they possibly advance their musical careers with such incredible discrimination held against the music they played?”
According to Everheart, “We have David Green in concert at our small venue, the Oak Tree in Anita. It’s just a small performance center, was once the movie house here in Anita. Our little 501©3 bought the building way back some 23 years ago. Three years of incredibly hard labor and $40,000 to restore it cost the little non-profit organization everything they had. We’re going through a property dispute now, that doesn’t seem to want to fix itself, much like the incredible discrimination held against David Green’s musical family that tried to share their music on early radio. We are much like David Green’s ancestors. We will ‘hold our own’ as long as we possibly can.”
The David Green concert at the Oak Tree will be July 12 along with the regular cast of performers. Doors open at 6 p.m. show at 7 p.m. Reservations are recommended. 712-762-4363 can get you the best seat in the house.