A short overview on the History of musician and record producer, Art Greenhaw, as compiled by Larry D. Carlson:
This is a world-wide circulated Associated Press article on Art’s recording career: http://lubbockonline.com/stories/072904/ent_072904014.shtml. Use the search feature on http://www.allmusic.com/ to look for 20th Century Gospel. This is a review of one of Art Greenhaw Records’ acclaimed Grammy album nominations, produced, directed, and arranged by Art: The bullets on this page after the biographical sketch highlight some of Art’s musical achievements in performing, producing, arranging, and directing: http://www.artgreenhaw.com/biography.htm. Here is a very recent article about a library exhibit showcasing Art Greenhaw Records’ and the company’s relationship to artist Larry “T-Byrd” Gordon: http://lightcrustdoughboys.org/new-exhibit-highlights-work-of-art-greenhaw-and-dr-larry-t-byrd-gordon/. Art collaborated with Texas Senator Dr. Bob Deuell, a leading legislative advocate for live music and recording arts in the State of Texas, on two extended play albums, the first of which (called Senator & The Doughboys) can be found (with clips and album notes) by searching on http://www.cdbaby.com for Senator Bob Deuell. Here is a YouTube video that highlights key aspects of a forty year music and records career in the State of Texas. As you will see from this video, Art has a particular calling to advocate for sometimes overlooked legacy musicians who have been his mentors. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-s2bAo3oRW8. On the subject of honoring mentors, Art’s mentors, The Jordanaires, had never been awarded official Grammy Award wins for a Record or an Album of the Year in an annual category until Art recorded them on his independent record label, which resulted in a Grammy Award Win, a Grammy trophy for all The Jordanaires and 6 Grammy Award Nominations in 6 separate years. And here is a recent Dallas Morning News article highlighting Art’s artistic association with Engelbert Humperdinck: http://popcultureblog.dallasnews.com/2013/09/engelbert-humperdinck-will-be-here-sunday-and-he-has-ties-to-dallas-via-the-light-crust-doughboys.html/. Art is honored to be associated in any and every possible way with music, musicians and the Recording Industry. And he gratefully acknowledges his music and recording mentors especially Frank W. Greenhaw, Marvin “Smokey” Montgomery, James Blackwood, The Jordanaires, Nokie Edwards and Bob Bogle of The Ventures, Lucien Leinfelder and others.
–compiled by Larry D. Carlson
Grammy Award-Winning musician and producer Art Greenhaw, a sixth generation Texan, was born in Dallas. As a child, Art was part of the very first group of students admitted by audition to Southern Methodist University’s newly-created Piano Preparatory Department, and was eventually taught by flamboyant, master concert pianist and visual artist Lucien Leinfelder. From family nurtured musical and artistic beginnings by homemaker mother Patricia and pro musician, educator and entrepreneur father Frank, Art’s love of recording has resulted in Grammy Awards and multiple Grammy Nominations on his label, Greenhaw Records (www.myspace.com/greenhawrecords). In his performing and touring career, Art leads the quintessential Texas band and one of the world’s top historical bands, The Light Crust Doughboys (www.myspace.com/artgreenhaw). In the field of motion pictures, Art produced and arranged the music for Hollywood Film Awards Best Documentary Nominee LUGOSI: HOLLYWOOD’S DRACULA and several other music videos and documentaries.
Educated via the Texas Public Schools when the system was the standard of the world, Art graduated with highest honors and received the six Texas county-top student award, the T.A.C.T. (Teenage Citizenship Tribute) Award presented by the Dallas Morning News and the Zale Corporation. Art worked throughout school and college in the family business, McWhorter-Greenhaw, an iconic enterprise in Texas history recently honored with a State of Texas Historical Marker. Also during his early years, Art managed and led pop musical combos for a wide range of famous clients including the family of rock legend Steve Miller, Neiman Marcus, Sanger Harris, Dallas’ Temple Emanu-El and many Christian churches of all denominations. Art also during this period acted in major productions at the Dallas Theater Center, co-starring and appearing with Preston Jones, Mary Sue Jones, Ryland Merkey, Joan Prather, Synthia Rogers and many others.
Art graduated with a political science major from Southern Methodist University, and he continued business studies at the University of Notre Dame and graduate business studies at Amberton University. In civic work, Art has been chairman of the Planning and Zoning Commission, City of Mesquite, and has served on many other boards and commissions including the White House Conference on Small Business. He was awarded 2 City “Days” named for his record label and his band by proclamation of the City of Mesquite for achievements in music and business. Art was music director/pianist/guitarist during the glory days of the Mesquite Opry and appreciates the “honing of his playing chops” that this venue afforded him through hundreds and hundreds of performances. Today, Art is grateful for the hundreds of arts organizations throughout Texas who have brought The Light Crust Doughboys to communities small and large for stage shows, symphony collaborations, dance collaborations, concerts and school performances.
In addition to the roots music for which The Light Crust Doughboys are famous, Art found that by producing and arranging unusual and creative concept albums, he could create a buzz for his little label, Greenhaw Records. His artistic vision has brought him and his music in collaboration with the world’s greatest musicians and vocalists including Ann-Margret, The Ventures, Engelbert Humperdinck, James Blackwood, The Jordanaires, Larry Ford, Big John Hall, Trini Lopez, The Blackwood Brothers, Nokie Edwards, Tom Brumley, Larry “T-Byrd” Gordon, the SMU Mustang Band, the Salty Dogs and, of course, The Light Crust Doughboys and many others.
Art’s own vocals, guitar, bass, piano and keyboard playing continue to make their contributions to Greenhaw Records’ success of today. His original songs-compositions such as “Gospel Woman”, “Always Hear the Harmony”, “Our Wedding Song”, “The Builder’s Song”, “Sending Me You”, “Lugosi Hollywood’s Dracula”, “Child of the Night”, “The High Road”, and many more have played an important part in the artistic impact of Greenhaw Records’ Grammy Winning and Grammy Nominated albums. Label founder-producer-arranger-musician Art Greenhaw has charted and continues to chart new courses in gospel, surf rock, instrumental rock, rockabilly, western swing, blues, traditional pop and world/Indian music.
Art’s motto: “… A piano and guitar in every home!” Special thanks to Frank and Pat who first believed, … to James Blackwood who later believed, … to Marvin “Smokey” Montgomery who nurtured, … and to The Light Crust Doughboys past and present for pressing on…
- 2003 Grammy Award Winner
- GRAMMY NOMINATIONS the past 8-out-of-9 years (1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006) for “Best Southern, Country, or Bluegrass Gospel Album of The Year”…Top 5 in the world in this field
- Producer and artist with The Ventures of the 2007- released EMI Japan album, “ROCKY!” by THE VENTURES
- 2007 Will Rogers Award Winner, Western Swing Group or Duo of the Year, Academy of Western Artists
- Designated National Endowment of the Arts “American Masterpieces Touring Artists” for 2008: 1 of 12 outstanding Texas artists chosen from the current Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Artists and Companies Roster
- 2006 Inductee (with The Light Crust Doughboys), Texas Radio Hall of Fame
- Designee (with The Light Crust Doughboys) of The Light Crust Doughboys Hall of Fame & Museum located in Quitman, Texas
- 2003 Inductee, Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame (http://www.texascowboyhalloffame.com/)
- Dove Nominations in 1999 and 2002 for Best Southern or Country Gospel Album of the Year
- Official Music Ambassadors for The State of Texas, by proclamation of the 74th Texas Legislature in 1995
- Commendation from President Jimmy Carter in 1980 for achievements in business and music, presented to Art
- Commendation from The Texas Commission on the Arts in 1995 for achievements in music
- Named to the artists touring roster for the Texas Commission on the Arts in 1996
- Named “Family Business of the Year’ in the “Family Values” category by Baylor University, presented to Art and family in 1995
- Marquis Who’s Who In The World, Who’s Who In America, Who’s Who in Entertainment
- Rockabilly Hall of Fame, Art and Light Crust Doughboys inducted June, 2000
- Charter Inductee and Lifetime Member as “Western Swing Hero” by The Cowtown Society of Western Music, Inducted 1999
- “I, Mike Anderson, Mayor of The City of Mesquite, Texas, do hereby proclaim Monday, March 3, 2003, as ART GREENHAW and the ART GREENHAW RECORDS COMPANY Day in The City of Mesquite, and urge all citizens to join me in congratulating Art Greenhaw and the Art Greenhaw Records Company on their Grammy Award and for their many accomplishments in the music industry!”