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Art Greenhaw

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 ( 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 ( 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

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

  • 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!"

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The Light Crust Doughboys...

The history of the Grammy Award-winning Light Crust Doughboys covers more than seventy years of American music. In 1929, Texas fiddler Bob Wills formed the "Wills Fiddle Band". By 1931, Wills, along with Milton Brown on vocals and Herman Arnspiger on guitar, landed a morning radio show sponsored by the makers of Light Crust Flour. The general manager of the flour company and soon-to-be announcer of the band was W. Lee "Pappy" O' Daniel. Although Pappy went on to become Governor of Texas, United States Senator from Texas, and the only person to ever defeat Lyndon B. Johnson in any political race, when asked what he was most famous for, he replied, "The Light Crust Doughboys!"

The original Light Crust Doughboys are credited with the creation of the western swing style of music, which blends a wide range of musical repertoire including country, blues, jazz, pop, gospel and more. By the 1940s, The Light Crust Doughboys' Show was broadcast on more than 170 radio stations throughout the south and southwest. The famous opening words, "The Light Crust Doughboys are on the air!", are still used to this day to open all concerts by the The Light Crust Doughboys. The band today enjoys a faithful worldwide following that spans four generations of music lovers. 

Since 1993 alone, The Light Crust Doughboys have been featured artists on dozens of different projects now available in CDs, videos, songbooks with CDs, and vinyl albums. Since 1997, The Light Crust Doughboys have received multiple Grammy Nominations for best albums in their fields, winning The Grammy in 2003 for the album on Art Greenhaw Records,

Led by Grammy Award-Winning musician and producer Art Greenhaw on bass guitar and vocals, The Light Crust Doughboys in various combinations include such virtuoso instrumentalists and singers as Maurice "Reece" Anderson on steel guitar, Kevin Bailey on guitar, Jim Baker on violin, Dale Cook on drums, and oftentimes Doughboy legends Jerry Elliott on guitar, John Walden on violin, Dion Pride on guitar and keyboards, and Teresa Anderson on vocals. A Light Crust Doughboy brass and reed ensemble is even added for select events, concerts and balls. The Light Crust Doughboys have played prestigious festivals throughout the United States, have toured Austria, and make frequent television appearances. Current Light Crust Doughboys have over 150 years of combined experience playing in The Light Crust Doughboys band. The Light Crust Doughboys were named The State of Texas' Official Music Ambassadors by the 74th Texas Legislature, are Texas Commission on the Arts' official touring artists, and are inductees in the Texas Cowboy, Texas Western Swing, Rockabilly, Texas Music, and Cowtown Society of Western Music Halls of Fame. In every personal appearance by The Light Crust Doughboys, the band pays tribute to its legacy by honoring the musical contributions of Bob Wills, Milton Brown, and especially, Marvin "Smokey" Montgomery, a Light Crust Doughboy from 1935 until his passing in 2001.

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,
"The Light Crust Doughboys are to western swing what Bill Monroe is to bluegrass. When the ultimate western swing and Texas music book is written, The Light Crust Doughboys will be in Chapter 1, Page 1."

To book The Light Crust Doughboys for performances for all occasions contact
Art Greenhaw:

Phone: 214-354-4396
Mail: 105 Broad Street, Mesquite, Texas 75149


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