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Jacksonville's own Riley Green is a rising country music star, but we remember him when

Riley Green

Riley Green, a JSU alumnus known for songs like 'There Was This Girl' and 'I Wish Grandpas Never Died,' was named the Academy of Country Music’s new male artist of the year in August.

The first time I interviewed Riley Green for a story was in 2013, when the future national country music star sat in a hometown coffee shop, shrugged and said of his musicianship, “I guess I’m not that bad.” 

The Jacksonville native sat beside the bar in the now-shuttered Java Jolt on Public Square. Then and now, he is a tall, tough-looking Southerner with a quarterback’s physique from his days on the Jacksonville State University football team. 

Assistant Metro Editor Ben Nunnally: 256-235-3560.