Greensky Bluegrass has been entertaining crowds, touring the country, and making beautiful American bluegrass music since the year 2000. Founded in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the group is a borderline jam band featuring Michael Arlen Bont on banjo, Dave Bruzza on guitar, and Paul Hoffman plucking away on the mandolin.
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Their sound began as traditional bluegrass, but over the years it has grown to incorporate many other styles of music as they have joined forces with a few different collaborators. Greensky Bluegrass’s first album, Less Than Supper came out in 2004 and was recorded alongside two other musicians who were only members of the band for that one album.
From that point on their growth continued, and in 2006 they won the Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Competition, earning for themselves the opportunity to perform on the front stage at the following year’s festival. That success led to Greensky Bluegrass’s second of seven total albums, Tuesday Letter, in 2006.
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Along with studio albums that received much critical success, Greensky Bluegrass is also known for their stirring live albums. Their first one, Live at Bell’s (which was released in 2007) was amazing, and the band followed that up with the equally fantastic All Access Vol. 1 and All Access Vol. 2. But after proving that they are more than capable of releasing quality live albums, the band released their most successful studio album to date, Handguns.
Upon its release in 2003, the album skyrocketed up Billboard’s Bluegrass Chart to #3, where it stayed for the next two months. On stage, the band has performed with several big names in the world of music and bluegrass, including Yonder Mountain String Band, Jeremiah Birnbaum and The Ramblers, The Avett Brothers, Vince Herman, and Bela Fleck and the Flecktones.
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