Greensky Bluegrass Winter Tour Kicks Off – Louisville Photos and Review

Published on January 19, 2020

Progressive jamgrass band Greensky Bluegrass kicked off their annual winter tour this week. Their Thursday stop in Louisville – at the new Old Forester’s Paristown Hall- was stop 2 after shaking the rust off in St. Louis earlier in the week.

The boundary-pushing quintet is celebrating the 1- year anniversary of their latest studio effort All For Money. The album, which utilizes studio effects more reminiscent of a rock band, jumps from bluegrass flatpicking to spacey psychedelia and back with the same ease that has had made their live show a must-see act from Red Rocks to bourbon country.

The title track shined in the first set, but not before the band romped through more seasoned tunes like the fan favorite and set opening Groundhog into Bill Monroe’s Wheel Hoss. All For Money companion Courage for the Road reached its usual anthemic peaks and an Ain’t No Bread in the Breadbox cover allowed the Michigan-bred pickers a chance to stretch their legs in improvisational jam before set break.

Paul Hoffman (mandolin/vocals), Dave Bruzza (guitar/vocals), Anders Beck (dobro), Mike Devol (bass), and Michael Bont (banjo) welcomed fiddle player Bobby Britt from opening act Town Mountain for a 3-song stint in the second set that included the popular All Four and a Dancin’ in the Dark that saw lights guru Andrew Lincoln shutting the lights off the delighted crowd. The always welcome The Band cover The Shape I’m In closed set 2 before an aptly-named Whitehouse Blues capped off the night in the encore slot.

The tour continues throughout the northeast and Midwest with Ghost Light throughout late January and February. Visit https://www.greenskybluegrass.com/#!/ for tour dates and tickets.

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