Greensky Bluegrass brought down the house at the Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville last night. With only a short break in between, the band played until just after midnight, as late as a show can go before the noise violations start rolling in from city officials. This should come as no surprise. Guitar Player magazine has called the group “the punkest acoustic bluegrass band in America” while C-VILLE Weekly has written, “Greensky bring with them a decidedly rock-bluegrass hybrid, a style that has been bandied over the years among the influences of jam, country and western, blues, psychedelia, and more.”
For more than 15 years, the members of Greensky Bluegrass have created their own version of bluegrass music, mixing the acoustic stomp of a stringband with the rule-breaking spirit of rock and roll: a collection of opposites, full of dark psychedelic swirls, bright bursts of acoustic guitar, soundscapes, solos, freethinking improvisation, and sharp, focused songwriting. The quintet—replete with dobro, banjo, mandolin, guitar, and an upright bass—has showcased its wild, wide-ranging, and diverse repertoire of bluegrass.