Greensky Bluegrass with Billy Strings
New Daisy Theatre
January 19, 2018
Memphis was hit with a snow storm (by Memphis standards) in the days leading up to the Greensky Bluegrass show at the New Daisy – schools were closed down for the entire week, and many businesses were working with skeleton crews.
So, the good folk in the Bluff City were certainly ready to cut loose by the time Friday rolled around, stretching the Daisy at the seams.
Billy Strings opened the show, and was quick to show off his picking prowess. A former metal guitar player and son of a bluegrass musician, he set the tone for the evening with a great set of originals with a few covers thrown in for good measure (the Dead’s “China Doll” and String Cheese Incident’s “Black Cloud.”)
The sold-out crowd was elbow-to-elbow by the time Greensky took the stage, and they didn’t disappoint. The band delivered a strong set that was long on covers. They stretched out early on with “Last Winter in Copper Country” which showcased the Dave Bruzza’s strong picking, which gave way to Paul Hoffman’s stellar mandolin work. The band delivered a solid take on “Windshield,” punctuated by Anders Beck’s dobro work. To close the set, they busted out the Talking Heads’ “Cities” in the middle of “Broke Mountain Breakdown.”
Greensky brought Billy Strings on stage with them in the second set for a few tunes – “Working on a Building” and “Reuben’s Train.” For good measure, they paired Steppin’ In It’s “Ghost of Richard Manuel” with the Band’s “The Shape I’m In” near the end of the second set, and aptly closed their show with “Drink Up and Go Home.” The evening was a killer night of stellar picking, and while the week had been a chilly one in Memphis, all the feet and souls were warmed by Greensky.