Greensky Bluegrass http://www.guitarworld.com/taxonomy/term/4443/all en New Greensky Bluegrass Album Out Now, Watch Video for “Burn Them” http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-greensky-bluegrass-if-sorrows-swim-out-now-watch-burn-them-video <!--paging_filter--><p>Greensky Bluegrass’ latest album <em>If Sorrows Swim</em> has struck a chord in the bluegrass and country world.</p> <p>The record Debuted #1 on Billboard Bluegrass Albums, #22 at Indie Albums and #127 on Billboard 200.</p> <p><em>If Sorrows Swim</em> also peaked at #5 and on iTunes Country charts and #37 on the overall iTunes albums chart.</p> <p>Today the band embarks on a full US tour, and you can view the dates here: <a href="http://greenskybluegrass.com/tour">greenskybluegrass.com/tour</a>.</p> <p>“There’s this great duality to our band,” reflects Greensky Bluegrass mandolinist, vocalist, and songwriter Paul Hoffman. “We’re existing in a few different places at once: we’re a bluegrass band and a rock band, we’re song-driven and interested in extended improvisation.”</p> <p>“We play acoustic instruments,” adds dobro player Anders Beck, “but we put on a rock’n’roll show. We play in bigger clubs and theaters, there’s a killer light show, and we’re as loud as your favorite rock band. It’s not easy to make five acoustic instruments sound like this – it’s something we’ve spent years working on.”</p> <p>Watch the band’s video for “Burn Them” here:</p> <p><iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/KVfX1qiZWEs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>The five members of Greensky Bluegrass have forged a defiant, powerful sound that, while rooted in classic stringband Americana, extends outwards with a fearless, exploratory zeal. The tension and release between these components – tradition and innovation, prearranged songs and improvisation, acoustic tones and electric volume – is what makes them so thrillingly dynamic, in concert and on record. “In theory,” Hoffman explains, “greensky is the complete opposite of bluegrass. So, by definition, we are contrasting everything that isn’t bluegrass with everything that is.”</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-greensky-bluegrass-if-sorrows-swim-out-now-watch-burn-them-video#comments Acoustic Nation Greensky Bluegrass News Videos Sun, 21 Sep 2014 14:13:10 +0000 Acoustic Nation 22396 at http://www.guitarworld.com Greensky Bluegrass Announce New Album ‘If Sorrows Swim’ http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-greensky-bluegrass-announce-new-album-if-sorrows-swim <!--paging_filter--><p>Since their founding at the turn of the millenium, the five members of Greensky Bluegrass have fashioned a dynamic sound rooted in classic stringband Americana while branching outward to encompass an array of styles and techniques. </p> <p>Their fifth studio album, <em>If Sorrows Swim</em>, is to be released on September 9, 2014 and distributed nationally by Thirty Tigers. </p> <p>Featuring twelve new original compositions, <em>If Sorrows Swim</em> is a compelling snapshot of the evocative songwriting and fluid instrumental interplay that has made Greensky Bluegrass a word-of-mouth underground sensation. </p> <p>“There’s this great duality to what we do,” explains Greensky mandolinist, vocalist, and songwriter Paul Hoffman. “We’re existing in a few different places at once: we’re a bluegrass band and a rock band, we’re song-driven and interested in extended improvisation.” </p> <p>Watch the band play their song “Demons” live:<br /> <iframe width="620" height="349" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/zwsJIB6aBhI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> <p>Based in Kalamazoo, Michigan (home of the original Gibson Guitar-Mandolin factory), Greensky – which also includes dobro player Anders Beck, banjoist Michael Arlen Bont, guitarist and songwriter David Bruzza, and bassist Michael Devol – came to acoustic music after a thorough immersion in improv-fueled rock, giving them a uniquely open-ended perspective on the genre.</p> <p>“While some may see potential limitations because of our instrumentation,” Beck reflects, “a really big part of what is Greensky Bluegrass is about is to essentially ignore those limitations.” <em>If Sorrows Swim</em> finds the band exploring the full range of their potential, from classically hard-driving bluegrass to more expansive, exploratory passages. </p> <p>At the heart of it all are a set of poetic, yearning pop songs – several of which have already been introduced to the groups growing legion of diehard followers in concert. </p> <p>An extensive, coast-to-coast tour to support the release of <em>If Sorrows Swim</em> will be announced in the weeks ahead. </p> <p>Find out more at <a href="http://greenskybluegrass.com">greenskybluegrass.com</a>.</p> http://www.guitarworld.com/acoustic-nation-greensky-bluegrass-announce-new-album-if-sorrows-swim#comments Acoustic Nation Greensky Bluegrass News Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Acoustic Nation 21041 at http://www.guitarworld.com