Kevin Greaves Profile

Glen Moffatt
6 Oct 2020

The son of a New Zealand country music pioneer, Kevin Greaves spent 15 years chasing the dream in the United States. His rich baritone-bordering-on-bass voice was enough to prick up the ears of Nashville record executives, but inevitably he was too much of an unknown quantity to see them make a commitment to signing him.

Greaves held down a residency in one of Music City’s busiest bars, played support slots to country stars such as Alan Jackson and Brad Paisley and wrote songs with a young Blake Shelton before returning home in 2008. Since then he has released CDs, recorded in Nashville and Auckland, that hark back to his childhood in South Auckland.

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Kevin Greaves with Guy Cater and Ritchie Pickett.
Photo credit: Kevin Greaves Collection
Kevin Greaves with the Bourbon County Brothers. From left to right: JamesRAY, Kevin, Chet O'Connell, Brendon Ham.
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Four Benny award winners and other friends celebrate Eddie Low's 70th birthday, Cambridge, 2015. From left: Gray Bartlett, Brendan Dugan, Dennis Marsh, Eddie Low, Kim Willoughby, and Tom Sharplin; at right are three of Rusty Greaves's 14 children: Michelle, Kevin and Lex.
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Rusty, Michelle and Kevin Greaves.
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New Zealand artists at the Tamworth Country Music festival (L-R): Aly Cook, Kevin Greaves, Eddie Low, Brendan Dugan.
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Kevin Greaves.
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Kevin Greaves & The Midnight Special | Rockin the Planet Show 11
Kevin Greaves and Suzanne Lynch.
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Michelle and Kevin Greaves.
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Kevin Greaves with his Variety Artists Club of New Zealand awards – the Agnew Award for Excellence and Top Male Vocal awards, 2010. In 2017 he was awarded the VAC's highest honour, the Benny Award.
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Highway of Legends, 2008.
Kevin Greaves' debut cassette tape, 1990s.
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Kevin Greaves - Daddy's Radio
Kevin Greaves with his Benny award, 2017.
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Kevin Greaves receives the 2017 Benny Award
The Eddie Low show with Kevin Greaves, Tamworth 2018.
Kevin Greaves.
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Kevin Greaves (right) with legendary guitarist Albert Lee.
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Honky Tonk Playboys, 2020.
Kevin Greaves.
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Kevin, Michelle and Rusty Greaves.
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Kevin Greaves - Daddy's Radio Part II
Kevin Greaves and Paul Costa, Country Down Under.
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Kevin Greaves with Kenny Rogers and the Bourbon County Brothers. From left to right: Brendon Ham, Chet O'Connell, Kenny Rogers, Kevin Greaves, James Ray. 
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Kevin Greaves with John Kearns - Long Haired Country Boys
Kevin Greaves and Beverly Hillbillies star Donna Douglas.
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Kevin Greaves.
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Kevin Greaves - Daddy's Radio
Kevin Greaves - It Takes A Man
Kevin Greaves on The Beat Goes On (7 May 2012)
The Greaves family in 1972
Labels:

JKKR Records


Playback Records

Trivia:

In 2017, Kevin Greaves was awarded the Variety Artists Club of New Zealand’s Benny Award, an award won by his father Rusty Greaves in 1976.