Green River Ordinance's straightforward, radio-minded pop/rock is shaped by frontman Josh Jenkins, bassist Geoff Ice, drummer Denton Hunker, and guitarists Josh Wilkerson and Jamey Ice.
Formed in Ft. Worth, Texas, the band recorded its first EP in a church basement and supported its release with a grassroots campaign, which led to shows alongside the likes of Collective Soul, Eisley, and Mutemath. The Beauty of Letting Go further expanded the teenagers' audience in 2005, and Green River Ordinance's similarity to such bands as the Fray and Matchbox Twenty helped them secure a contract with Virgin Records. Issued in early 2009, Out of My Hands marked the band's first release for the major label, and peaked at number ten on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. The band issued a pair of EPs (Songs We Like from Before We Were Born and Waterhope) in 2011, and went the grassroots route on their Kickstarter-funded next studio long-player, 2012's Under Fire, which included the regional hits "Dancing Shoes" and "Heart of Me". Another EP, Chasing Down the Wind, arrived in 2013, followed in 2016 by the Residence Music-issued full-length Fifteen. ~ Andrew Leahey, Rovi