Greensky Bluegrass is not your grandfather’s bluegrass band. To be honest the band’s spin on this most revered form of music, especially here in Appalachia, might not even be your father’s or even your older brother’s preferred flavor of bluegrass. Let’s be clear on something from the get go however, Greensky Bluegrass is probably more than okay with this notion.
The band’s studio recordings very much embody the sonic elements that serve as the blueprint for most traditional forms of bluegrass but much like contemporary peers such as Trampled by Turtles, Greensky Bluegrass isn’t afraid to inject other styles of music into their own sound palate.
Greensky Bluegrass’s star began to rise in 2006 after winning the prestigious Telluride Bluegrass Festival’s Troubadour contest in 2006; this of course being the same festival that helped launch other modern-day “new grass” bands such as Trampled by Turtles into national prominence.
Having just recently seen the band at Grace Potter’s Grand Point North music festival in Burlington, Vermont earlier this month, I can personally attest to the fact that Greensky Bluegrass is more than capable of captivating an audience. Their sometimes darker and more bluesy and rockier sound, prodigious song writing and sublime musicianship easily make the band’s music very accessible in a live setting.
It should be to no surprise that Greensky Bluegrass is a “jam-grass” improvisational dynamo live as the band regularly plays over 150 shows a year. That type of touring schedule has seen the band become extremely tight, while also opening the door for them to expertly experiment with their own music as well as inspired and often times jam infused covers by such artist’s as Phish, Bruce Springsteen, The Beatles, Van Morrison, Pink Floyd and a myriad of others.
At the end of day Greensky Bluegrass is often predictably unpredictable as it pertains to their live performance and isn’t that a check box most avid concert goers want filled in if they are going to plunk down their own hard earn dollars to see a concert?
Whether it’s Paul Hoffman’s haunting tone and superlative mandolin chops, Anders Beck’s mesmerizing dobro guitar playing, Mike Bont’s superb banjo picking, guitar player and lyricist Dave Bruzza’s distinct vocals or Mike Devol’s first-rate upright bass contributions, when these five gentleman get their live engine revved up you’ll have but no choice but to stand up and take notice.
Still touring on their critically well received fifth full-length studio effort, If Sorrow Swims, the string band ensemble pride of Kalamazoo Michigan is bringing their version “new grass” to the Orange Peel this Friday September 25th along with the acoustically driven and Tom Hamilton fronted American Babies.
Who: Greensky Bluegrass with American Babies
When: Friday September 25, 2015 8:00 PM