GREENSKY BLUEGRASS is one of the most exciting bands in todayâs music scene. Like a breath of fresh air, this five piece band plays traditional bluegrass instruments and uses them to create original songs and soundscapes that are unique and new, yet somehow feel comfortable and familiar. Though they have been likened to â70s era Americana acts like The Band, Greensky would prefer not to be compared to any other bands. âWe really just try to make music as a group that sounds and feels right to usâ, says mandolin player Paul Hoffman, later adding that âit is nice to know that other people really dig it, too.â
âGreensky Bluegrass hits timeless targets with deadly accuracy while simultaneously veering off the tired and true highway.â-Jambase.com
While âgreen skyâ is the opposite of âblue grassâ, the band insists that the name came about as more of a pun than a statement about their music. âAlong with the tradition of bluegrass, we all have lots of different musical influences that we bring to the tableâ, says guitar player Dave Bruzza, âand we somehow wanted to reflect that in our name.â Upon witnessing the bandâs live shows, this statement seems to make a little more sense. On any given night, in addition to the myriad of excellent original songs, one might hear traditional bluegrass songs with an exploratory rock and roll jam or selections from the Talking Heads, Jimi Hendrix, The Grateful Dead or Bob Marley turned bluegrass. âWe are as likely to play a three minute song as we are a ten minute song on any given nightâ, says dobro player Anders Beck, âand I think that keeps it exciting for the audienceâ. Perhaps this is the reason that Greensky Bluegrass is as equally embraced by the jam-band community as it is the bluegrass/Americana community and the bandâs fan base is growing so rapidly.
âOf course, this is bluegrass. So manic chops mean a lot to Greensky Bluegrass. Yet they are also masterful storytellers. Mandolinist Paul Hoffman in particular pens some true rural balladry.â -Seattle Weekly
Greensky Bluegrass is touring in support of their recently released fourth album, âFive Interstatesâ, which was produced by Tim Carbone of Railroad Earth. The album, their strongest to date, features twelve original tracks and one traditional bluegrass song (a nod to the deceased King of Bluegrass, Jimmy Martin) ,and showcases the bandâs songwriting and playing talents in a way that is incredibly accessible to fans of many different types of music. Carbone notes on the package: âFive Interstates came together like five lives intertwined, the intersection of a lifetime frozen in precious time and preserved in a digital tableau. Iâm blessedâWeâre all blessed to be witness to a band ascending as true as an arrow shot to the sky.â
Since winning the 2006 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Contest, Greensky has been touring constantly, playing over 170 shows a year, and all the hard work is certainly paying off. Recent highlights are too many to list, but include selling out venues in many parts of the country, sharing the stage with musical heroes, getting asked to play shows with the likes of Tony Rice and Peter Rowan, Sam Bush, Yonder Mountain String Band and Railroad Earth, and being asked to play the inaugural Rothbury Festival in their home state of Michigan. âIt certainly felt like an affirmation that we are doing something rightâ, noted bass player Mike Devol.
Greensky Bluegrass is Anders Beck (dobro), Michael Arlen Bont (banjo), Dave Bruzza (guitar), Mike Devol (upright bass) and Paul Hoffman (mandolin).
The latest Greensky release, "Five Interstates" is now available! Produced once again by Tim Carbone of Railroad Earth, and featuring newest member Anders Beck, this is a great compilation of tunes. Drop on by our website at Greensky Bluegrass , scoot around back to the store, and pick up a copy or two.
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