GreenSky is an American bluegrass band that was founded in the mid-2000’s. The band is from Kalamazoo, Michigan with them embodying many of the styles and charms of other Great Lake area bluegrass bands.
The band originally consisted of three members with Michael Arlen Bont on the banjo, Dave Bruzza on the guitar, and Paul Hoffman on the mandolin. The band has gone through a number of lineups with Chris Carr and Al Bates for the release of their first studio album Less than Supper released in 2004. The band added classical cellist Michael Devol the same year.
The band has since gone onto release seven albums including live albums and one double release. GreenSky has a long history of them playing at bluegrass festivals with them winning the competition at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. This is one of the largest bluegrass festivals in the country with the win propelling them to fame in the bluegrass world.
GreenSky has played with some notable musicians. This includes Phil Lesh who was the bassist for the Grateful Dead with him being credited for their unique jam style.
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The band has also played with Bill Kreutzman & Papa Mali, Cornmeal, Larry Keel, Railroad Earth, and Sam Bush.
The bad recently played a concert at the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado. This theater has features some of the most popular bluegrass bands with the move representing GreenSky’s move into the category of staple bluegrass musicians. The bend played with the California Honeydrops who they have an established touring relationship with.
GreenSky released their latest studio album Shouted, Written Down & Quoted in 2016. The album was produced with Steve Berlin who is known for playing with the band Los Lobos. Los Lobos is known for their use of a variety of instruments and a mixture of styles. This album represents GreenSky’s continued evolution as a band.