Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival review
"Perhaps the true spirit of the festival was most embodied by a group from Michigan called Greensky Bluegrass. Much like the festival itself, Greensky are hardly strictly bluegrass and, yet, they're representing the genre for a whole new generation."
Guitar Player - FRETS Cover Story
"Greensky Bluegrass could be the punkest acoustic bluegrass band in America"
"Greensky Bluegrass are the perfect embodiment of where this progressive sound is today."
Pop Matters - Disc Review
"'If Sorrows Swim' is a different record, with some interesting delving into songwriting and recording, with tight arrangements and some convincing vocals and instrumentation."
Michigan Public Radio
15 minute on-air chat and in-studio performance with Anders Beck & Paul Hoffman of Greensky Bluegrass, available for streaming
Metro Times - Detroit
"The band rockets through its best offerings, balancing on a string, teetering between control and chaos, with the players proving they do their utter best when the tempos are high."
"Greensky’s progressive bluegrass is a square peg in a banjo-shaped hole"
"Greensky Bluegrass has a unique name and approach to music, with one foot in traditional bluegrass and the other in rootsy rock."
American Songwriter Magazine
"With a fast-growing fan-base, and top-notch songwriting and musicianship, the sky seems to be the limit for Greensky Bluegrass."
"As its name suggests, the band does use traditional bluegrass instruments— but bluegrass doesn’t usually have distortion pedals, or horns either. Greensky does, at least on its albums."
Pittsburgh City Paper
Q & A with Greensky's Paul Hoffman to preview Flood City Music Festival appearance
"Understanding themselves more now as performers, players, and songwriters, the five-piece has continued to build on their individual and collective strengths show by show."
"A taste of newgrass"
"One of the nation's leading newgrass bands."
Tahoe Daily Tribune
"In the world of bluegrass and jamgrass music, Greensky Bluegrass is on the ascendant."
"One of the most popular acoustic acts around."
Hey Reverb- Denver Post
"The crowd loved it, ofcourse. If they weren't already on their feet, it'd have been a standing ovation."
"Progressive bluegrass band."
"Playing for audiences all over the country."
Red and Black
"A pioneer in the progressive bluegrass scene"
"They're not following anyone or setting boundaries--it's just a no-rules roller coaster."
"Unique progressive movement that is part of the newgrass movement"
The Columbia Daily Tribune
"Refreshing fluidity and remarkable sense of lyricism"
The University Daily Kansan
"Bluegrass jam rock band"
"Extended classic rock jam"
"Music that is traditional, inspirational, and upbeat, with persuasive vocals that tell stories and evoke emotions"
"Fancies itself in a genre of its own"
"Worth your while"
"One of the most progressive, contemporary bluegrass bands touring today"
The Aspen Times
"Listen to "Handguns" beginning to end, and it's clear that Greensky Bluegrass is intent on pushing bluegrass boundaries out in numerous ways."
"Greensky Bluegrass are hardly strictly newgrass…Glide had a chance to get some very personal and revealing insights from band members"
"Greensky Bluegrass is one of the most progressive contemporary bluegrass bands touring today. Rather than simply replicating the traditional style, Greensky combines folk harmonies, contemporary lyrics, and an up tempo beat to create their unique take on the genre."
Listen Up Denver
“[Handguns] further solidifies them as musical pioneers with no fear when it comes to bending genres.”
“These songs are exciting as this new generation of string bands, based on bluegrass roots, explore new horizons in every direction.”
“Greensky knows its roots and it can jam with the best of its scene”
"...patient musicianship and dusty four-part harmonies..."
"...have demonstrated their love for improvisation and musical styles other than bluegrass..."
Las Vegas CityLife
"...some of the most authentic -- and stupid-fast -- bluegrass coming out of the Midwest..."
North Coast Journal
"...these guys are more likely to cover a Pink Floyd song than a Bluegrass Boys tune..."
"...The love child of a rootsy bluegrass quintet and a funky jam band..."
"...pleasant oddities such as the hippy mosh pit are only possible through the power of good music and happy vibes."
"It was as if the five-piece had wanted to first establish their musical foundation in bluegrass, and then say, 'Oh, by the way. We can melt your face, too."
"Their Americana jams are the stuff of legends..."
"Competition-winner Greensky Bluegrass at Humbrews Wednesday..."
"This Weekend... Hepp Yourself To Some Bluegrass..."
"...American, warming and deep, yet youthfully energetic..."
"Greensky Bluegrass hits timeless targets with deadly accuracy while simultaneously veering off the tired and true highway.''
"Live performances are something Greensky Bluegrass takes much pride in."
"...the music that Michigan-based quintet Greensky Bluegrass creates is anything but standard."
"They come off confident, if not slightly rough-hewn, and thoroughly enjoyable, as it is evident that they, too, are having fun."
Garden & Gun - Best Albums of 2014
"Greensky Bluegrass has been one of roots music’s most unsung acts, relying on word of mouth about its white-hot live shows. The Greensky guys fall back on impeccable playing, mixing varied arrangements with a grittier sensibility."
"The group's appeal is rising fast...Greensky built their Northwest fan base on relentless touring and the region's affection for roots music."
The Bluegrass Situation
"When all is said and done, Greensky Bluegrass have put together as find a record as you’ll find in their repertoire, worthy of repeated and thoughtful listening sessions."
"Roots — and change — are persistent themes in Greensky’s ethos: an urge to take something established and make it new."
"Greensky bring with them a decidedly rock-bluegrass hybrid, a style that has been bandied over the years among the influences of jam, country and western, blues, psychadelia, and more."
The Denver Post
"Greensky’s popularity has exploded all over the country, and especially in Colorado."
San Francisco Chronicle
"Taking chances - and pushing the boundaries of a proud tradition - are what mark Greensky Bluegrass' sound, which tips its cap to backwoods-jazz virtuosity while holding on to a rock 'n' roll edge."
CMT - Austin City Limits Review
"Greensky Bluegrass made the air familiar and friendly and provided a communal atmosphere fit for 1970s Austin on Saturday. We're talking great tunes. Excellent vibe. Good people. More, please."
Pensacola News Journal
"Since forming in 2000, Greensky Bluegrass has earned national recognition"
MLive.com - Kalamazoo Gazette
"Greensky Bluegrass is just days away from playing on some rather hallowed ground in the music industry - the Red Rocks Amphitheater - marking a career achievement for the group."
"Spreading some jam rock over a grass roots tradition"
"Blends instrumentals, breathing room, and lyrics that explore the untapped yet familiar terrain"
Appalachian Tamwich Magazine
"The energy is contagious"
"Ace players welding guitars, banjo, mandolin, and Dobro"
"We're talking banjo, mandolin, dobro, upright bass, and acoustic guitar with earnest, laid-back vocals."
North Coast Journal
"They're coming to your town to help you party down."
"No. 3 on the billboard top bluegrass music charts."
"Greensky Bluegrass' mix of unconventional songwriting and slick-string dexterity is exceptional."
Hey Reverb- Denver Post
"If anyone can pull it all together, it's Greensky."
"Rock 'n' Roll with bluegrass instruments."
Athens Banner Herald
"Their musicianship and approach to bluegrass, and covers of non-bluegrass songs as part of that, sounds a bit more earnest than others."
"Mix of strong songwriting and epic live performances"
"Truly blended and artful sonic experience"
"Strong, meloncholy songwriting and writerly eye for detail"
"Solid, approachable, engaging example of how good bluegrass can be"
"Greensky Bluegrass is truly peddling a pure art form"
"Helps define a new era of hair-band grass that brings folk harmonies, jam elements, and the knack for branching out in the studio"
"Psychedelic improvisation and timeless originals"
"the album is a collection of solid tracks that is a great representation of where Greensky Bluegass is going and why they're among the leaders of the newgrass movement."
"Greensky is known for their lengthy improvisational jams and extended suite-like songs as well as their vivacious live shows."
Common Folk Music
"Some really astonishing playing"
Northern Express Weekly
"Star of the 2011 Festival Scene"
"Greensky Bluegrass molds a sound that is steep in traditional bluegrass but taking it to the next level with a psychedelic twist."
“They will enter Colorado riding high, having just released their new studio album Handguns”
The Columbus Dispatch
“The recorded work reveals that the band’s obvious chemistry is bolstered by complex melodies and layered vocals whose delicately entwined sum seems almost intrinsic.”
"Award-winning blugrass group..."
"The group uses traditional bluegrass instruments to craft original songs and sounds."
"I admire the traditional bluegrass concert, but how many bands can transform Prince's "When Doves Cry" into a joyous, twelve minutes of string-pickin' jam rock?"
Charleston City Paper
"..one of the hardest-working jamgrass bands on the national circuit..."
"Try to pull influences from everywhere"
"...an organic sound composed of insightful ballads, fast-paced techniques and jamming..."
"Greensky Bluegrass is a band best experienced live..."
The Oakland Press
"Greensky Bluegrass embraces acceptance by Detroit music scene..."
"...they are no slaves to a traditional sound..."
"...straddling the line between traditional bluegrass and newgrass..."
Las Vegas CityLife
"They’re sort of the DJ Screw of southern folk music..."
"Kalamazoo's Greensky Bluegrass has made waves on the folk/bluegrass jam scene..."
"...Greensky Bluegrass is known for its improvisational and exploratory jamming."
The Durango Telegraph