Art Greenhaw is a multi-talented, high volume, American musician, record producer and audio engineer who has been awarded the Grammy® Award for the Best Southern, Country or Bluegrass Gospel Album for WE CALLED HIM MR. GOSPEL MUSIC: THE JAMES BLACKWOOD TRIBUTE ALBUM. He founded the independent record label, Greenhaw Records. He has appeal for all ages and demographics with his energetic, heart-felt artistry and music.
Greenhaw is the bassist, multi-instrumentalist, and manager for the Light Crust Doughboys. He officially joined the Light Crust Doughboys as a band member in 1993 under the direction of Marvin “Smokey” Montgomery, one of Greenhaw’s musical mentors. The symphony performances and the other enterprises of the Light Crust Doughboys have been largely the product of Greenhaw’s imagination and promotional skill.
The Light Crust Doughboys are considered the longest-running country and western band in the world and one of the top historical bands of all time. To quote The Dallas Morning News, “When the ultimate western swing and Texas music book is written, The Light Crust Doughboys will be in Chapter 1, Page 1.”
Art and his band are now planning the 90th Anniversary touring stage show of The Light Crust Doughboys, which is due for videostreaming and filming. As churches, organizations, and concert halls reopen, there are few events that will facilitate a unifying celebration of love, joy, unity and more that is so greatly needed today than this production. The 90th Anniversary Tour of the Light Crust Doughboys is sure to serve as an agent of redemptive healing, spiritual revival, unified renewal and more.
Having served as the musical director and band leader of a weekly country music revue, the Mesquite Opry, Art Greenhaw first worked with the Light Crust Doughboys when he booked them to play at the Mesquite Folk Festival in 1983, which Greenhaw had founded.
Like most of the other Doughboys down through the years, Greenhaw started in music at an early age. When he was eight, he picked up the guitar and by the fourth grade had his own band, The Doodlebugs. Later, this group became a rock band named The Inner Soul.
Greenhaw’s interest in guitar led him to country music, but he also studied classical music as a child at the Southern Methodist University (SMU) Piano Preparatory Department from 1966 to 1970. Greenhaw received his bachelor’s degree in political science from SMU in 1976.
In addition, his musicianship, production, arranging and songwriting has included work with Nokie Edwards, Tom Brumley, James Blackwood, Ann-Margret, Engelbert Humperdinck, Trini Lopez and Ronnie Dawson.
Art Greenhaw is also from a long Methodist family history. His father was the music director of the Mesquite Methodist Church for 40 years. You can see his faith and Methodist history, especially in his gospel music in the YouTube video, A Life In Gospel Music (by Grammy Award-Winning Art Greenhaw Records and Art’s work with Ann-Margret, The Jordanaires, James Blackwood, and The Light Crust Doughboys).