Greensky Bluegrass

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Greensky Bluegrass
Greensky Bluegrass at Telluride Bluegrass Festival (22 June 2007).jpg
From left to right: Anders Beck (dobro), Michael Bont (banjo/vocals), Paul Hoffman (mandolin/vocals), Mike Devol (bass/vocals), David Bruzza (guitar/vocals)
Background information
Origin Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA
Genres Progressive bluegrass, jam band
Years active 2000–present
Website greenskybluegrass.com
Members Dave Bruzza
Paul Hoffman
Michael Bont
Anders Beck
Mike Devol
Past members Chris Carr
Al Bates

Greensky Bluegrass is a five-piece American bluegrass band founded in Kalamazoo, Michigan in 2000.

Career[edit]

The band was formed in the fall of 2000 by Michael Arlen Bont (banjo), Dave Bruzza (guitar), and Paul Hoffman (mandolin). As newcomers to the bluegrass scene, the three drew upon an array of influences and varied musical backgrounds,[specify] reflected in their May 2004 release of Less than Supper, recorded with bassist Chris Carr and dobro player Al Bates. Both Bates and Carr left the band shortly thereafter. In the fall of the same year, bassist Michael Devol joined the group.

In the summer of 2006 the band were winners of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Competition,[1] earning them a spot on the main stage of the 2007 festival. Soon thereafter they released their second studio album, Tuesday Letter, produced by Tim Carbone of Railroad Earth.

Greenksy Bluegrass at the 8x10 Club in Baltimore, January 2012

In November 2007 the band released its first live recording Live At Bell's, documenting two shows at Bell's Brewery in their hometown of Kalamazoo, Michigan. Just over a month later Greensky Bluegrass added Anders Beck of Wayword Sons to the line-up, replacing Al Bates on dobro.

In August 2008 the band released their third studio recording Five Interstates, also produced by Tim Carbone.

A live series, All Access was released in 2010 with volumes 1 & 2, featuring live performances in their entirety.

Their fourth, and most critically acclaimed album,[citation needed] Handguns, made its debut on Billboard's Bluegrass Charts at No. 3 in October 2011, and spent nine weeks on the chart, landing at No. 33 for 2011 on Billboard's Year End Bluegrass Chart.[citation needed]

Collaborations[edit]

On-stage collaborations have paired Greensky Bluegrass with:

The band has also shared bills with:

Discography[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
US Grass US US Indie
Less Than Supper
  • Release date: 2004
  • Label: Big Blue Zoo
Tuesday Letter
  • Release date: August 2, 2006
  • Label: Big Blue Zoo
Live at Bell's
  • Release date: 2007
  • Label: Big Blue Zoo
Five Interstates
  • Release date: September 9, 2008
  • Label: Big Blue Zoo
All Access Vol. 1
  • Release date: 2009
  • Label: Big Blue Zoo
All Access Vol. 2
  • Release date: December 14, 2010
  • Label: Big Blue Zoo
Handguns
  • Release date: October 2, 2011
  • Label: Big Blue Zoo
3
If Sorrows Swim
  • Release date: September 9, 2014
  • Label: Big Blue Zoo
1 127 22
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

References[edit]

Specific citations
General references

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