Riley Green Jokes Concertgoers Come To See His Dog Carl, Not Him

Fans can’t get enough of Green’s Corgi Blue Heeler mix, Carl.


Lauren Jo Black

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May 28, 2024


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Riley Green and Carl; Photo Courtesy Riley Green/ Instagram

They say dogs are a man’s best friend and that’s certainly the case for Riley Green, who is the proud puppy parent of two dogs, Carl and Jazz. While he loves both of his four-legged family members, Carl has become a fixture in Green’s life and career as he’s a road dog, who often travels with him on tour. 

Fans have certainly gravitated toward Carl due to his quickie appearance and undeniable puppy charm, so much so that the Alabama native jokes that his fans are now coming to his shows to see his dog, not him.   

“I haven’t done an interview in the last year that didn’t involve Carl,” Green recently shared while chatting with Country Now and other outlets at his BMI-hosted “Different ‘Round Here” No.1 party. “People walk into my meet and greets now and look at my feet, just looking for him. I don’t even know if people come to my shows to see me anymore!” 

Green admits that Carl’s presence on tour has elevated his touring experience and offers fans an added level of excitement when they come to his shows.  

“I had no idea what I was getting into when I got him. He’s a unique dog. He’s a funny-looking dog, I think that’s one part of the appeal. It’s been cool. It’s a whole ‘nother world on tour that fans are really excited about,” he said. “They used to have signs that said something about me in the crowd, now they’re all about Carl.    

We spoke with Green about his pups last year when he took part in our “Pupdate” series

“I’ve got my dog Carl. He’s a Corgi Blue Heeler mix… He’s a great road dog. I’ve got a yellow lab named Jazz that’s a little too rambunctious to be on a bus with me. So Carl’s perfect for hanging out on the bus,” Green stated at the time. 

Riley Green - Way Out Here
Riley Green – Way Out Here

To this day, Carl continues to join the chart-topping country star on tour, and he even appeared on the cover of Green’s latest EP, Way Out Here. This seven-song collection arrived on April 12 and includes his latest single, “Damn Good Day To Leave.” This song takes a light-hearted approach to a breakup and finds the country star enjoying his newfound freedom after his partner unexpectedly walks away from their relationship. 

 “You picked a damn good day to leave me/ Sittin’ here, cooler full of Keystone/ Nothing to do but fish all day long/ A pocket full of three-day weekend money/ Ain’t a heartbreak cloud in the forecast, honey/ I hate to see you go but if you ask me/ You picked a damn good day to leave,” he sings on the chorus. 

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“Damn Good Day To Leave,” co-written by Green with Erik Dylan, Jonathan Singleton, and Nick Walsh, is at country radio now. 

Riley Green (and Carl!) is in the midst of his headlining Ain’t My Last Rodeo Tour. His summer tour schedule also includes performances at CMA Fest, Tailgate N’ Tallboys, Country Stampede, Faster Horses, and more.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.