Greensky Bluegrass made their debut at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee last night, laying down a heart-stirring performance to their diehard fanbase.
The skyrocketing quintet from Kalamazoo, Michigan was obviously elated to be playing at the cathedral of bluegrass music, as they reiterated many times throughout the night during a sentimental set that served as a tribute to bluegrass past and present.
Starting with the old hymn “Will the Circle Be Unbroken?”, it was clear that Greensky was taking the honor of playing the Ryman very seriously. The rest of the first set was a stunning display of poignant songwriting and inventive instrumentation before ending with a spot-on cover of Paul Simon’s “Gumboots”.
The second set got off on a similar foot with the traditional gospel standard “I’m Working on a Building”, and also featured the New Grass Revival scorcher “Can’t Stop Now” which had people up out of their pews romping around. Greensky Bluegrass ended the set with their rocking rendition of Pink Floyd’s “Time” and the impassioned original “Leap Year” before bringing out all of Town Mountain for an acoustic jam of the John Hartford beloved classic “Tear Down The Grand Ole Opry”. The way the bands gathered in their tight-knit circle and sung with the adoring crowd gave the impression that Greensky Bluegrass knows that they are making history for themselves and for bluegrass as a whole.
Set 1: Will the Circle Be Unbroken, Demons, Wings for Wheels, All Four, Take Cover, The Four, Burn Them, Jay Walking, Gumboots
Set 2: I’m Working on a Building, Living Over, A Letter to Seymour, In Control, Can’t Stop Now, Reverend, Dry County> Time, Leap Year
Encore: Tear Down The Grand Ole Opry*
* With Town Mountain, Acoustic