Green River Ordinance is an American rock band from Fort Worth, Texas, United States. Their name refers to Green River Ordinances, laws which prohibit door-to-door sales unless the house’s owner gives permission to do so. Band members includes; Josh Jenkins – vocals, guitar, and piano, Geoff Ice – bass and background vocals, Denton Hunker – drums, Joshua Wilkerson – guitar and background vocals, Jamey Ice – lead guitar, mandolin, and banjo.
Bassist Geoff Ice and guitarist Jamey Ice are brothers.Early in their career (circa 2003), the band regularly did opening gigs with Flickerstick in Texas, and by 2005 had toured with Collective Soul and played with Eisley and Mutemath, among others. The band’s initial releases, a 2005 full-length and a 2007 EP, were both released on the small independent label For Mona. Their debut release for Virgin Records, Out of My Hands, was released in February 2009, and garnered comparisons to 1990s mainstream rock acts such as Sister Hazel, Third Eye Blind and Matchbox 20,as well as contemporaries like Augustana and The Fray.Out of My Hands peaked at No. 10 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. The single “Come On” reached No. 17 on the Billboard Adult Top 40 late in 2009; the single “On Your Own” reached No. 37 on the same chart in 2010.
In April 2010, Green River Ordinance launched their own charity site, in order to help make a difference for those less fortunate. Through this site, Green River Ordinance offers ten songs for purchase and information on five charities each member of the band picked. The consumer can select which of the songs they would like to purchase and select which band member’s charity they would like their money to go toward. 100% of the proceeds go to the charity of the consumer’s choice.
On October 8, 2010, International Justice Mission released the compilation album Freedom exclusively through Family Christian Stores as a joint effort to raise funds and awareness to end global slavery. Green River Ordinance is featured with their song “Don’t Give Up.” They are alongside the biggest names in contemporary Christian music and are one of the only secular artists on the compilation due to their zealous passion on the topic of slavery. 13,000 physical units were sold the first week in stores.
On October 15, 2010, Green River Ordinance was direct support for Bon Jovi in Gulf Shores, AL as part of the BP-sponsored concert series “Concerts for the Coast,” done in hopes of attracting tourists to the region in the off-season during the oil spill recovery. There were 37,000+ people in attendance.