In June of 2006 Greensky Bluegrass won First Place at the 33rd Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Contest. Having been featured at Smilefest XII two weeks earlier, the band traveled west to Colorado where they proceeded to take the Telluride competition by storm as a last minute addition. Working on 3 hours sleep, GSBG wowed the judges on day one, and were the ultimate victors in the final competition the next day. The win earned them a spot on the main stage at this year's Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Things are clearly on the rise for the boys from Kalamazoo!
Greensky Bluegrass is taking Michigan’s blend of acoustic roots music on the road. Performing at festivals, theaters, bars, and listening rooms all over the US, their rare traditional sound has quickly spread to a national audience. "A true hoedown... Kalamazoo style. These guys play all my favorite songs." - Larry Keel
The compositions of Greensky Bluegrass offer a unique perspective on tradition and insight into their own experiences. Driving instrumentals and affecting lyrics contribute a fresh sound to an eclectic acoustic genre. GSBG is currently touring to promote the release of their sophmore release Tuesday Letter, produced by Tim Carbone from Railroad Earth. "...every great album starts with great songs and this record is no exception. Songs of hope, truth, loss, and love of family and friends are all here. Songs that will make you laugh, dance and think. And songs of grace." -Tim Carbone
Greensky Bluegrass is Michael Arlen Bont, banjo; Dave Bruzza, guitar; Michael Devol, upright bass; and Paul Hoffman, mandolin. Recently they have performed with Railroad Earth, Larry Keel, Hot Buttered Rum and Steppin’ In It. The band has shared bills with influential musicians including Ralph Stanley, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, Mountain Heart, The Mammals, Open Road, Darrell Scott, and King Wilkie.
Greensky Bluegrass was formed in Kalamazoo Michigan while band members were attending Western Michigan University. Listen at Last.fm