GreenSky Bluegrass is a talented, drumless five-piece bluegrass band that was formed during the mid-2000s in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The foot-stomping jam band is well-known for breaking the rules of traditional American bluegrass music and have incorporated the firey spirit of rock and roll into their songs. GreenSky Bluegrass’s founding members are banjoist Michael Arlen Bont, mandolinist Paul Hoffman and guitarist David Bruzza. Former members, Al Bates and Christopher Carr, had left the group after the release of their first studio album Less than Supper. During fall 2004, Anders Beck had replaced Bates as their new dobro player and Michael Devol, a former classical cellist, had joined the group as their new upright bassist.
In 2006, the annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Colorado had held one of their much-anticipated events, the Telluride Bluegrass Band Competition. GreenSky Bluegrass took home the grand prize which included a spot on the main stage of next year’s Telluride festival. That pivotal moment led up to the band’s second full-length studio album, Tuesday Letter. The album was produced by Tim Carbone, the violinist of the New Jersey-based bluegrass band Railroad Earth. GreenSky soon become a household name for bluegrass lovers nationwide. The band’s synergistic sounds and their energy onstage had helped bring them to some of the world’s famous venues including Red Rocks, the New Orleans Jazz Festival, Ryman, Austin City Limits and Outside Lands among others.
The band likes to treat their audience to a large production during their live shows. They want to give them a memorable experience and will play several sets of music each night, as well as provide them with an impressive light show. Bruzza has shared that they aim to create a live experience where people can put their worries aside and “escape from their everyday lives for a minute.“ GreenSky Bluesgrass has released 6 studio albums and several live albums, their last released was produced by Steve Berlin of Los Lobos. On Jan. 18, 2019 they will launch their newest album, All For Money, and will kick off a U.S. winter tour across the East Coast.