After 18 years together, up to 175 shows per year, nearly 1,000 different setlists, six studio albums, and a litany of live releases, Greensky Bluegrass embodies more than just music for members Anders Beck [dobro], Michael Arlen Bont [banjo], Dave Bruzza [guitar], Mike Devol [upright bass], and Paul Hoffman [Mandolin]. Truthfully, it embodies an ironclad creative bond, familial brotherhood, and a lifelong commitment to fans. At this point, it goes without saying the band means everything (and more) to the Kalamazoo, MI bluegrass mavericks.
You can catch Greensky Bluegrass at The Madison Theater on Tuesday, February 4th!
With a wink and a smile, Greensky Bluegrass has offered up a cleverly titled seventh full-length, All For Money.
Hoffman dispels the obvious first: “Clearly, we aren’t a band all for money. We did it for romantic reasons such as love, catharsis, and because it mattered to us and the listeners. We wanted to have fun with the paradox of the title though. We’re truly blessed and humbled to have our dreams come true and do what we do. However, it would be easy to make decisions based on our needs to eat or the desires of others, but that’s not doing it for love. We love what we do, and we’re grateful for the love we receive in return from the people listening.”
Supporting their critically acclaimed 2019 studio release, All For Money, Greensky Bluegrass spent the last year on the road focusing on the very thing that draws their dedicated fanbase to come and see them time and time again: performing live. They have introduced the first installment of a new series released exclusively on Spotify, titled “Courage For The Road.” The band offers up 14 songs, hand selected from various performances on their Fall 2019 tour, remixed and mastered by their longtime studio engineer Glenn Brown.
Vocalist/mandolinist Paul Hoffman says “We keep it fresh by cycling through a large catalog of music scattering in things we haven’t played in years or only pass twice per year. Much of the material also contains large improvisational sections that take a new life every time we play it. Keeping ourselves on our toes seems to translate to fans. Follow the band for a week and you might hear 90 different songs. Greensky Bluegrass releases soundboard recordings of nearly every live performance. Each show is unique as the band shuffles through a catalog of over two hundred songs and the spirit of improvisation makes each night so different. Here’s a taste of one tour. 21 shows in 31 days featuring over 150 unique songs. “Courage for the Road” is 90 min of music selected by the band from throughout the tour. We hope you enjoy.”