Americana / alt-country and roots-rock group, Green bluegrass are kicking off 2022 with a brand new song and the title track from their upcoming album “Stress Dreams”. Stress dreams releases January 21 via Thirty Tigers.
“Stress Dreams” follows the releases of “Absence of Reason”, “Grow Together” and “Monument”.
“It sounds like a quarantine song – and it really has become one – but was originally based on recurring experience,” says Mike Devol. “I would have had what I started to call dreams of stress, in which I would need to be somewhere, often on stage, but for reasons beyond my control, I couldn’t. do: my bass was in my car, backstage The door was locked. Sometimes in dreams I needed to text, but my phone was not typing. I would wake up and I was so relieved that I didn’t have to deal with the boredom of the inconvenience I was facing. The song took on a melodrama, however, which I was happy to amplify. My wife walked across the room at one point as I was writing the solo mandolin melody in the middle and literally said, “Well, this is dramatic. “Work for me.”
“Devol not only wrote an epic lyrical story of a song, but created the music to match it.” says Anders Beck, “A lot of times a writer hits one mark or another, but on this one, Devol has both”
LISTEN TO “EMPHASIZE DREAMS”
Greensky will kick off the year with a series of two-night shows in Denver at The Mission Ballroom, which will include a special set of scales to benefit Colorado communities affected by recent fires:
Greensky Bluegrass and Mission Ballroom are heartbroken by the recent fires that have ravaged communities in Colorado’s Front Range. We team up to play a special “set of scales” on Saturday 1/8. For a minimum donation of $ 25 at the Conscious Alliance door, ticket holders can enter the venue early at 6 p.m. and enjoy a 30-minute Greensky set from 6.30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Plus, we’re coordinating an auction to benefit those directly involved, featuring truly unique Greensky items, a one-year Mission Ballroom pass and more. We hope you can join us for this special moment and provide much needed support to our neighbors who face incredible challenges this season.
Then, later this month, the band will join The Infamous Stringdusters for a 19-date tour that begins January 20 in Albany, NY.
All up-to-date information about the tour is available at greenskybluegrass.com.
January 7-8 @ The Mission Ballroom | Denver, CO
With very special guests The Infamous Stringdusters
January 20 @ Le Théâtre du Palais | Albany, New York State
January 21 @ The Met Philadelphia | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
January 22 @ Le Théâtre Capitol | Port Chester, New York
January 26 @ Flynn Theater | Burlington, Vermont
January 27 @ The State Theater | Portland, ME
January 28-29 @ House of Blues | Boston, Massachusetts
February 2 @ Stage AE | Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
February 3 @ Agora Theater & Ballroom | Cleveland, Ohio
February 4-5 @ The Anthem | Washington DC
February 17 @ Le Pavillon at Pan AM | Indianapolis, IN
February 18 @ Fillmore Detroit | Detroit, Michigan
February 19 @ Riverside Theater | Milwaukee, WI
February 20 @ Le Palais | Saint-Paul, MN
February 23 @ Old Forester’s Paristown Hall | Louisville, Kentucky
February 24 @ Iron City | Birmingham, Alabama
February 25-26 @ Le Tabernacle | Atlanta, Georgia
Since their formation in 2000 in Kalamazoo, MI, the quartet — Anders Beck [dobro], Michael Arlen Bont [banjo], Dave Bruzza [guitar], Mike Devol [upright bass], and Paul Hoffman [mandolin]- have become an unpretentious phenomenon on their own terms with the unwavering support of a dedicated audience. Traveling back and forth across North America on successive tours, they sold out on several dates at the Red Rocks Amphitheater, the Ryman Auditorium, the Fillmore Detroit, the Riviera Theater Chicago and many more. Beyond the exceptional sets at Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, New Orleans Jazz Festival, Telluride Bluegrass Festival and Austin City Limits, they are co-owners and have been headliners at the 4848 Festival and Strings & Sol. In 2019, All For Money scored their second No. 1 on the Billboard Top Bluegrass Albums Chart and their third consecutive Top 3 entry. They were also critically acclaimed from Billboard, Parade, NPR and Rolling Stone who hailed them. as “representing the genre for a whole new generation”.
Over the past century, bluegrass music has traditionally relayed true tales of American life, struggle, tragedy, and triumph. It gives voice to the calm but colorful stories woven into the fabric of the country itself. Greensky Bluegrass lives these stories through its records and performances.
When the tour ended in 2020 in the face of the global pandemic, the group first leaned in and compiled demos individually, sharing emails and voice notes. In July 2020, they reunited for the first time in four months, dedicating rehearsals to developing the new material. Once it was safe to do so, they recorded what would become Stress Dreams in one session in Guilford, VT and two sessions in Asheville, NC with frequent contributor “and old friend” Dominic John Davis as as producer and “wizarding engineer” Glenn Brown mixing. They kept the characteristics of their sound while widening its range.
“Greensky is and always has been very unique in our world,” says Paul Hoffman. “We put our love, our energy and our focus on what we enjoy in our music. We come together as a group in an organic way. We are very proud of the way we are growing up and we challenge ourselves too. We mature together. I think we’re getting more Greensky all the time.