Hailing from Kalamazoo, Mich., Greensky Bluegrass is a five-piece band. Its sound combines elements of bluegrass and rock, and live shows are often accompanied by a full light show and electric effects. The result represents the possibilities of what can happen when old meets new.
Marching to the Beat of Their Own Drum
In the fall of 2000, Greensky Bluegrass joined the bluegrass scene. The original members of the group hadn't exclusively focused on bluegrass music before joining together, and they brought with them many different skills and interests. The group's first release was Less Than Supper in 2004. Taking the stage at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Competition in 2006 allowed the band to gain more widespread attention. The 2006 performance was the talk of the town, and the group got another invite to the festival in 2007 as one of the headliners. Since the first album, Big Blue Zoo has been the band's record label, helping the group churn out 10 total albums. Greensky Bluegrass's discography includes 2006's Tuesday Letter, 2008's Five Interstates, 2011's Handguns and 2019's All For Money. With this latest album, the title is a bit ironic since the musicians have been much more focused on musicality and being true to themselves versus becoming the latest commercial hit. What the group has been doing has been working at it's hit No. 1 on the Billboard Top Bluegrass Albums Chart with If Sorrows Swim and No. 3 with Shouted, Written Down & Quoted.
Where can I buy Greensky Bluegrass tickets?
Watching a live Greensky Bluegrass show is a unique experience. Find your tickets for one of the group's upcoming concerts at StubHub.
Who has the band collaborated with?
The group has taken the stage alongside several other artists, including Phil Lesh and Sam Bush.
Is Greensky Bluegrass coming to a city near me?
The band continues to tour around the country, and it sometimes travels abroad to places like Puerto Morelos in Mexico. Stateside, the group is planning on visiting venues such as the Chicago Theatre, Minglewood Hall in Memphis and Red Rocks Amphitheatre in the foothills outside of Denver.
What is a Greensky Bluegrass setlist like?
A setlist could vary depending on whether you're seeing the band in a solo performance, as part of a collaboration or as part of a festival. Expect to hear songs like "Can't Stop Now," "Beauty," "Do It Alone" and "Can't Make Time." Since the band has made 10 albums, there are many songs to draw from when putting together a setlist.
Who are the members of Greensky Bluegrass?
Current members are Dave Bruzza on guitar, Paul Hoffman on mandolin, Michael Bolt on banjo, Anders Beck on dobro and Mike Devol on the bass. Bruzza, Hoffman and Bolt were original members alongside Chris Carr and Al Bates.
What's the connection with Bell's Brewery?
In 2007, Greensky Bluegrass recorded its third album, Live at Bell's, at Bell's Brewery. Bell's Brewery is a brewing company based in Kalamazoo, the hometown of many of the members of the band. This album is unique as a live recording of a Greensky Bluegrass performance. The sixth song in the track is a cover of the Talking Heads song "Road to Nowhere." Most of the other songs were original works written by one or some combination of the band members.
What are other bands with a similar sound to Greensky Bluegrass?
If you like being surprised by a modern bluegrass band that brings in a touch of rock to its folksy rhythms, consider checking out Yonder Mountain String Band and The Infamous Stringdusters. Both groups feature talented performers both on instruments and vocals.Back to Top