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If you're familiar with bluegrass music, then you're tuned in to some of what Greensky Bluegrass does. They're also known to throw a great party, rock n roll, and (if the critics are to be believed) they have great songs. They are unquestionably a team of friends that traverse the country making music they enjoy. What makes Greensky different than Bluegrass? Poignant rural ballads about real people? Dobro tone that Jerry (Douglas or Garcia) would love? Distortion Pedals? Grit and attitude from a whiskey soaked card game? Indeed, but that's just the tip of the iceberg.
This quintet from Michigan has been staying up late at all the coolest festivals and stopping to play your favorite clubs and theaters across America for 11 years now. Nearly 175 shows per year has prepared them for the rigorous task of continuity. Greensky Bluegrass isn't slowing down. They're coming to your town to help you party down. Yeah. Really. Like you never thought possible.
This is not your granddaddy’s bluegrass.
While High Strung String Band brings the usual cast of musical characters to the stage-- the banjo, the mandolin, the upright bass, the guitar-- they add modernity to the genre by writing original songs and turning to a variety of additional instruments -- the electric lap steel guitar, the snare drum, the washboard-- to add dimension to their sound. The result is a hybrid symphony of lightning-fast string solos and high-and-lonesome twang, set behind soaring vocal harmonies and tug-at-your-heartstrings lyrics. High Strung String Band plays progressive bluegrass with a nod to the traditionalists, but all eyes squarely on musical creativity and experimentation.
High Strung String Band
HSSB formed in 2009 in music-hungry Athens, Georgia, when John Parmer, guitarist and songwriter, met Rubing Yen, the mandolin player. The two found they had a lot in common -- they’d been playing their instruments for over a decade, in myriad bands across the country (and in Rube’s case, across the world) and shared a love for another guitar/mandolin duo, Jerry Garcia and David Grisman. They started picking around backyard fires, in friends’ kitchens, on back porches, and at local Athens watering holes. Before they knew it, their musical outfit had grown to include another guitar, an upright bass, and a banjo, and a full-fledged bluegrass band was born.
Born and raised in Georgia, this talented pair imitates and modernizes folk music to a rejuvenating degree. Their sound exhibits skilled and articulate guitar picking honed in the dive bars of Atlanta over rolling Julliard-trained bass lines. Expect chilling harmonies, unbridled enthusiasm, some wholesome tunes and a sincere performance.