Country singer Riley Green made his television debut on Monday, performing the Nineties-indebted single “There Was This Girl” during the fourth hour of NBC’s Today.
Penned by Green with Erik Dylan, “There Was This Girl” appears on the Alabama native’s 2018 EP In a Truck Right Now, released in June 2018 by Big Machine Records. The lyrics depict a guy who falls hard and makes mistakes or rash decisions when a pretty woman catches his eye — until he finally makes a good decision and asks her to marry him. Green and his band crank up for their performance on Today, mixing hard-twanging electric guitar riffs with his soulful baritone to find some common ground between the arena-ready sounds of Bon Jovi and Brooks & Dunn.
On Tuesday night, Green will be back in Nashville to become a member of the inaugural Grand Ole Opry NextStage program with a special event at Ole Red downtown. He joins the new artist initiative alongside Tenille Townes, Tegan Marie and Travis Denning. Green also has a handful of shows coming up later in January, including a January 25th date in Springfield, Illinois, supporting Justin Moore.