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Artist Spotlight: Greensky Bluegrass
This is the third post in a series of articles highlighting the artists performing at The 2018 Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival. Check out the rest here

-Evan O’Brien, Roots N Blues Intern

“I don’t know how I’m feelin’, and no-one can verify” may be how Greensky Bluegrass starts their 2014 single “Windshield,” but there is no doubt you’ll be feeling something strong by the end of one of their sets.

The band that originated in Kalamazoo, MI has put together a career that has spanned over 18 years and includes six studio albums and three live albums. They have also graced the stage with the likes of Phil Lesh, The String Cheese Incident and Sam Bush. They’ve become a staple of the bluegrass scene and have played in noteworthy festivals like Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Electric Forest. Not to mention, they even have their own festival in the works for the upcoming year.

When they started in 2000, Greensky Bluegrass started out as Michael Arlen Bont (banjo), Dave Bruzza (guitar) and Paul Hoffman (mandolin), but they eventually grew to add Mike Devol (bass) in 2004 and Anders Beck (dobro) at the end of 2007. The bands initial studio album, Less Than Supper, was released in 2004. The group’s latest album, Shouted, Written Down, & Quoted was released in 2016 and was produced by Roots N Blues alum Steve Berlin of Los Lobos. In addition to appearing in Columbia at Roots N Blues, the group is also in the process of finalizing their inaugural festival, Camp Greensky Music Festival, which is set to take place in Michigan at the end of May.

The group blends traditional bluegrass with rock ‘n’ roll to create a sound that their followers, nicknamed “the Campers,” have followed closely for over a decade now. This blending of genres has allowed for them to cover greats like Bruce Springsteen and the Rolling Stones. Through this, the band has been able to grab fans from multiple genres to become Campers, eventually leading to a cult-like following.

When Greensky Bluegrass takes the music festival stage in Stephens Lake Park this September, you won’t want to miss your chance at becoming the next member of the Campers.

photo via Buffalo Rising