Riley Green will open for Marshall Tucker Band
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Jacksonville native Riley Green saw the Marshall Tucker Band perform at a mud bog in Huntsville over 10 years ago. He wasn’t especially interested in the mud bog. He went to see the band that he’d listened to most of his life perform.

“The Marshall Tucker Band was big before I was even born,” said Green. “My mom had their CD, and I used to listen to it all the time.”

Green will open for the band that he’s always loved at 7 p.m. Friday at Zinn Park in Anniston. The concert is free.

The Marshall Tucker Band has been performing for almost four decades. They released their first album in 1973.

The band opened for the Allman Brothers that same year, and the following year, they began to headline their own shows.

“We were a bunch of young guys who didn’t know any boundaries,” said lead singer and founding member Doug Gray.

Often called a southern rock band, the band plays everything from country, jazz and blues to rock ‘n roll.

Their songs include “Can You See,” “The Highway,” Fire on the Mountain,” and “Heard It in a Love Song.”

Green started playing guitar when he was 10. By the time he was 14, he was writing music. He spent a lot of his time playing with his grandfather, Buford Green, who also had a love for music.

“I hope everybody comes on out Friday night,” said Green. “I’ve really been hoping they’d do something like this around here for a long time, and now they’re doing it. I’m looking forward to seeing everybody. It’s a free concert, and I don’t see any reason why everybody can’t be there.”

Zinn Park is at 28 W. 14th Ave. Everyone is asked to bring lawn chairs or blankets.

Sponsors for the concert are the Longleaf Arts Council, City of Anniston, Buster Miles Automotive, Stringfellow Memorial Hospital, Regions Bank, Regional Medical Center, Calhoun County Commission, American Red Cross, Betty’s Bar-B-Q, Potts Marketing Group, The Anniston Star, C. D. Cellar, BBVA Compass Bank, Farmers & Merchants Bank, Downing’s General Store, McNaron Group, Forbus Manufacturing, Webb Concrete and Building Materials, Noble Bank and Trust, Rep. K. L. Brown, Sen. Del Marsh, Rep. Randy Wood, Rock 105.9, Big 95.5 and Top o’ the River.

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