Monday, December 18, 2006

Greensky Bluegrass, The Orange Peel, Asheville, NC 12/14/06

Greensky Bluegrass
Originally uploaded by Zen Curmudgeon.
This talented, Kalamazoo-based quartet took last summer's Telluride Bluegrass Festival band contest (barely edging the resurgent Boulder Acoustic Society), and I'm looking forward to their festival-opening Thursday slot next June. Opening for the genre-defining Del McCoury Band must have been a little bit intimidating, but the boys projected a relaxed, playful stage aura.

Touring behind a CD produced by Railroad Earth fiddler Tim Carbone, Greensky opened with the original "Hoxieville", penned by mando/vocalist Paul Hoffman, who also contributed "These Old Hills" to the setlist. Despite Carbone's mentoring in the studio, Greensky is nimble enough to incorporate Yonder Mountain ("Jesus on the Mainline") and Tim O'Brien's version of the Ola Belle Reed classic, "I've Endured"

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