Greensky Bluegrass Announce New Album

Article Contributed by Missing Piece Group | Published on Thursday, September 1, 2016

Kalamazoo, Michigan quintet Greensky Bluegrass announced the release of their anticipated new album Shouted, Written Down & Quoted, due out on September 23rd via the band’s own Big Blue Zoo Records/Thirty Tigers.

The album is the follow-up to 2014’s If Sorrows Swim, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Bluegrass Albums chart, and comes on the heels of sold-out shows at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, The Ryman Auditorium, and a closing performance at this year’s Telluride Bluegrass Festival.

Billboard premieres the album’s lead single “Past My Prime” – LISTEN HERE

Like the band's name, Shouted, Written Down & Quoted is a collection of opposites, full of dark psychedelic swirls, bright bursts of acoustic guitar, soundscapes, solos, freethinking improvisation, and plenty of sharp, focused songwriting. It's wild and wide-ranging, showing off the diversity Greensky Bluegrass brings to every live show. At the same time, Shouted, Written Down & Quoted is unmistakably a studio album, recorded during two different sessions — one at Echo Mountain Studio in Asheville, North Carolina; the other at the Mountain House Recording Studio in Nederland, Colorado — that comprise the band's longest block of recording time ever. The result is an 11-track album whose songs cast a wide net, mixing the full-throttle energy of a Greensky Bluegrass concert with the nuanced approach of a band that's still eager to explore.

"You can call us an acoustic ensemble, or a drum-less rock band, or a rock & roll bluegrass band," says mandolin player Paul Hoffman, who, along with guitarist Dave Bruzza, handles most of the album's writing duties. "All of that shifting identity has taught us to cover a lot of ground. There's a flow to this album, just like there's a flow to our setlists. There are some aggressive, rocking moments. Some bouncy, funky moments. An acoustic think piece or two. It's a balance of moods and textures that we create as a band, almost like a mix tape."

Greensky Bluegrass is currently on tour, with more dates to be announced later this year.

Track List:

01) Miss September

02) Past My Prime

03) While Waiting

04) Run Or Die

05) Room Without A Roof

06) Hold On

07) Merely Avoiding

08) Living Over

09) More Of Me

10) Fixin To Ruin

11) Take Cover 

Tour Dates:

9/4: Chicago, IL - Union Park (North Coast Music Festival)

9/8: Iowa City, IA - The Blue Moose Tap House     

9/9: Lincoln, NE - Bourbon Theatre       

9/10: Lawrence, KS - Granada Theatre

9/11: St. Louis, KY -  Central Field at Forest Park (LouFest)

9/14: Lafayette, IN - Lafayette Theater

9/15: Louisville, KY - Mercury Ballroom 

9/16: Masontown, WV - Marvin’s Mountaintop (Deep Roots Mountain Revival Festival)

9/17: Port Chester, NY - The Capitol Theatre

9/18: Canton, MA - Prowse Farm (The New England Festy)

9/21: State College, PA - State Theatre  

9/22: Portland, ME - State Theatre

9/23, 9/24: South Burlington, VT - Higher Ground Ballroom     

9/25: Lakewood, PA - New Minglewood (Catskill Chill Music Festival)

9/28: Richmond, VA- The National

9/29: Black Mountain, NC - Pisgah Brewing Company

9/30: Chattanooga, TN - Ross Landing Park (3 Sisters Bluegrass Festival)

10/1: Raleigh, NC - Downtown Raleigh (Wide Open Bluegrass Festival)

10/13: Memphis, TN - New Daisy Theatre

10/14: Eureka Springs, AR -The Farm (Hillberry Music Festival)   

10/15: New Orleans, LA – The Joy Theater    

10/18: Jackson, MS - Duling Hall

10/19: Houston, TX - White Oak Music Hall    

10/20: Dallas, TX - Granada Theater     

10/21-10/22: Austin, TX - Scoot Inn       

10/25: Scottsdale, AZ - Livewire   

10/26: Flagstaff, AZ - The Orpheum Theater   

10/28: Live Oak, FL - Spirit Of The Suwannee Music Park (Suwannee Hulaween)

10/30, 10/31: Las Vegas, NV - Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas

11/2: Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up Tavern     

11/3: Los Angeles, CA -Teragram Ballroom   

11/4: Crystal Bay, NV - Crystal Bay Club Casino    

11/5: San Francisco, CA - Warfield Theatre

12/9-12/12: Puerto Morelos, Mexico - Now Sapphire Resort (Strings & Sol)