Music News Nashville On Chief Greenbud Volume 4

Written By: Dan Harr
Music News Nashville
www.MusicNewsNashville.com

Chief Greenbud Volume 4When Chief Greenbud first hit the scene several years ago, I found myself wondering whether the world was ready for a resurgence of Cheech & Chong-style marijuana humor performed to music. Six years and four albums later, Greenbud releases his latest, Chief Greenbud Volume 4, and there’s no doubt that he is here to stay. Chief Greenbud’s talents as both songwriter and performer are showcased with some funny, well-crafted songs.

Appropriately, the opening track “Fire It Up” sets the tone for the entire album while, at the same time, makes me want to light up the first joint of the day, kick off my shoes, grab a cold one and sit back to listen to the rest of the CD. So, let’s “Fire It Up” and listen to the rest of the songs…

“iBake” is a natural song for millennials who seem to have “i” everything… iPods, iPads, iPhones and so on. And, like those products, surveys and statistics prove that “iBakers” are here to stay.  The third track, “Big Pharma”, is a political statement on America’s hypocrisy regarding the move to legalize marijuana – it’s okay for the big pharmaceutical companies to make money off of drugging the world with synthetics that have adverse side-effects while a natural remedy remains on the banned list. There’s something wrong with that and the Chief raises the point very well.

We all know “That Guy,” the one who forgets his wallet, always bums a cigarette or, in the case of the song, begs another hit and never shares his own. They sure are annoying and Greenbud’s humorous take on “That Guy” is a treasure.

So far, the album has been flavored with Americana/Folk style songs, but on track 5 this changes. “Smoke It” has a driving pop/rock feel and is somewhat of a departure of what fans expect with the Chief – a laid back style that sucks you in like a lungful of cannabis. I’ll admit – this isn’t my favorite song on the album, but it still flows well.

“Mr. Unreliable” returns to the fun side of things with an upbeat bluegrass roll that laughingly shouts with anger at the pot dealer who just cannot seem to be on time when you need a refill of your stash. “One Thumb Up” is a call to fans to be a part of the Chief’s marijuana movement. Admit it people, you’ve got “One Thumb Up”!

Track 8, “419”, is a great follow up to Greenbud’s “It’s 4:20 Somewhere”, which was a parody of the Alan Jackson/Jimmy Buffet song “5:00 O’Clock Somewhere.” In “419” the Chief asks why we need to wait for 4:20 somewhere? Toke up now and enjoy!

“Wake and Bake” reminds me of my own youth. Yeah, I admit it… I was a stoner in high school and the lyrics of the song hit home quite well. “The No Song” has a reggae feel and makes fun of those days when you’re just plain out of luck – no stash, no pipe, no cash. And it sucks – not the song, but having NO resources to enjoy a fatty.

Okay… so we come to my least favorite song on the album, “Flower Power”. Note to Chief – stick with what you know best… Americana, Folk and the occasional Reggae.

The album closes with a folk sing-a-long “Everybody Get High”. As I listen, I close my eyes and am transported to a better time when people weren’t so uptight, political correctness didn’t rule the day and it was fun to light up a joint and laugh at the moon as we sat on a rock in the desert after a long day riding our bikes.

Cheif Greenbud has a winner with Volume 4. It has a little something for everyone who smokes or is a proponent of legalization. It’s well-crafted, nicely produced and one I would recommend you add to your musical library.

On an aside to CHEECH & CHONG – take note!!! Chief Greenbud is someone you need to add to your lineup of acts to take on tour. With his cross between marijuana humor and Jimmy Buffet-style performances, your audiences will eat him up like the brownies they brought to the show.

For more about Chief Greenbud, visit his website at www.chiefgreenbud.com or friend him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ChiefGreenbud

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Lyrics and Chords to “It’s 4:20 Somewhere”

It’s 4:20 Somewhere
Parody Written By: Chief Greenbud\
I capo this up 2

VERSE
D A Bm
If you watch the clock to smoke your pot then you should know
A
You’re not alone
D A Bm
If your grass is like molasses Hydro grown
A D
That gets you stoned
G D
If you’re counting the hours and watching the minutes
A D
For that special time when everyone hits it
G D A
Take it from me you’re really not that far away

CHORUS
D G
Roll me something fat and long
A D
Or pack me a bowl or fill me a bong
D G A
It only comes twice a day but I don’t care
D
It’s 420 somewhere

VERSE
This smoke break is going to make my afternoon
When I get high
Even if it’s my last bud I’ll smoke it up
And it’ll be alright
I’ve been sittin here waitin for what seems like a year
my Jamaican connections said he’d meet me here
If the phones for me tell him he better be on his way

CHORUS

BRIDGE
Bm G A D
I spent all my cash replenished my stash but it’s only a quarter of two
Bm G Em A
At a moment like this I can’t help but wonder what would Willie do?
no chord
He’d say to fire that thing UP !!!

CHORUS

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LYRICS Chief Greenbud – Puff Puff Pass

Puff Puff Pass
Written By: Chief Greenbud & Charlie Brown (Keep Dreamin’ Music)

VERSE 1
G A
Certain things should be implied
C G
When your smoking weed with your friends
A
Cuz everybody just wants to get high
C G
What goes around will come around again
Am Walk
Occasionally, you will see
C D
Some asshole whose bogarting

CHORUS
G walk Em
Tell em Puff.. Puff.. Pass..
C G
Don’t sit there and hold it
G walk Em
take a hit then give it back
C G
We all want to smoke it
C walk Am
Light that fire underneath your ass
Em D C
It’s Puff… Puff… Pass…

VERSE 2
I remember one time like it was yesterday
Five or six of us were getting stoned
I wasn’t thinking I’m ashamed to say
I didn’t mean to do anything wrong
My friends said “Chief, I can’t believe
That you’re the one, whose bogarting!”

CHORUS
G walk Em
They told me Puff.. Puff.. Pass..
C G
Don’t sit there and hold it
G walk Em
take a hit then give it back
C G
We all want to smoke it
C walk Am
Light that fire underneath your ass
Em D C
It’s Puff… Puff… Pass…

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Southern Cannabis Reform Conference – Peachtree Norml – Atlanta, Georgia

Southern Cannabis Reform Conference
When: March 15th & 16th, 2013
Where: Center @ Spring4th, Atlanta, Ga

What:It gives us (Peachtree Norml) great pleasure to announce the end of Prohibition both in the South and beyond! Join us March 15 & 16th, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia for a time of training, strategizing, and empowerment. We are uniting to produce change in our antiquated marijuana laws. The Southern Cannabis Reform Conference is a two day event. Our speakers and panelists will discuss a wide variety of issues surrounding the decriminalization of cannabis; including, the detrimental effects of marijuana prohibition, the overpopulation of prisons and jails, discrimination in marijuana laws and enforcement, violations of human rights, the impact of marijuana laws on families, minorities and our nation’s youth.

There will be a fundraiser on March 15th for Peachtree Norml featuring Chief Greenbud.
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For more information on the Southern Cannabis Reform Conference please go to PeachtreeNorml.com
To purchase tickets: Click Here

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Welcome to the Website

Welcome to the new Chief Greenbud website. Technology  seems to changes by the day and so will this website. We have tried to make it a complete resource for all things “Chief Greenbud”. You will find links to all the social networks that host Chief Greenbud as well as links to videos, music, photos and tour dates. If you are looking to purchase music, CD’s and other merchandise is available here on the website as well as links to digital downloads from trusted retailers like iTunes and Amazon.

Please take some time and look around the new site. Be sure to bookmark it as well, as we will be updating it often.

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CD Review – CGB Vol 3

Chief Greenbud – CGB 3
August 13, 2012
Nashville, TN
by Dan Harr

Marijuana should be legal! For the first time since polls were taken by Gallup starting in the 1960′s, more Americans than not think the drug should be legalized for medical and recreational use. After all, alcohol, which is a more dangerous drug, has been legal since prohibition was reversed.

Leading the musical charge for marijuana activism is Chief Greenbud, a Nashville-based singer/songwriter who, for the last several years, has been garnering a strong following amongst not only the “pot underground,” but more mainstream musical enthusiasts as well. CGB 3, his latest CD, is a strong project filled with both party songs and messages about the need to legalize marijuana, protecting your rights during a traffic stop and more.

Starting off the CD is “Life, Liberty and a Real Good Time.” It is a powerful, upbeat song about our right to pursue happiness and why we should be able to do it with a fatty in our hand. This is a song that should be played again and again before congress whenever the question of legalization comes up.

On an album full of party songs, “I’m So Messed Up” is a good one. It’s a straight up, full-force “let’s just have fun” song. It’s funny, it’s catchy and kitchy, and an enjoyable tune.

*** PARENTAL ADVISORY *** “Drug Bust,” contains one of the funniest lyrics on the album when talking about what happens when getting arrested: “He threw me down on the ground / so I asked him for a reach-around / I might as well get jerked off / since it looks like I’m getting fucked.” ‘Nuf said! It made me laugh and it will likely do the same for you.

In my opinion, there are three strong hits with the potential to climb the charts on the album. The first one is “Smoke As Much As You Like.” While it is still a niche song, it has a great beat, strong lyrics and is just a fun song to listen to while you have your buzz on. The title has even become one of the in-demand t-shirts sold by The Chief.

Another song, “I Need A Beach,” is pure Jimmy Buffet. It’s a mainstream, radio-ready song that Jimmy, himself, would likely enjoy and perhaps even cut for one of his albums. It’s well written, has strong melodies and, simply put, is a really great song.

Closing out the CD is another song I believe has serious potential IF… (note to CGB: rewrite the lyrics for mainstream radio and the “if” becomes “when”). ”Walk To Jamaica” is a Kenny Chesney tune, or perhaps Uncle Kracker’s answer to Chesney’s “When The Sun Goes Down.” It has a fantastic beat, powerful melody and that “potential” for phenomenal lyrics. Okay – it’s a good song as is. There, I said it. BUT – it has some lyrics in it that will keep it from mainstream radio where it could easily find itself sitting on top of the Billboard Country and crossover charts.

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