Full Show Video: Billy Strings Joins Greensky Bluegrass In Memphis


On Friday night Greensky Bluegrass continued their Winter tour with a stop at the New Daisy Theater in Memphis, TN. The five-piece jamgrass act spread a mix of originals and covers over the course of their two-set show which featured a bust out, debut and a sit-in from Billy Strings.

The Kalamazoo, Michigan-based band got the night started with a pair of originals offering up takes on “Can’t Stop Now” and “Last Winter In The Copper Country.” Next up they dusted off their cover of “Bound To Ride” busting out The Stanley Brothers tune for the first time since November of 2015. “Bone Digger” followed, it was their second attempt at the Cris Jacob’s tune from his 2016 release Dust To Gold, which they debuted earlier this month in Denver at the Ogden theater. Later in the set Greensky unveiled their debut take on “Cities,” dropping the Talking Heads track in the middle of a jammed out version of “Broke Mountain Breakdown.”

The string band’s second set saw them welcoming out Billy Strings, whose band served as the night’s opener. The augmented ensemble looked the Bill Monroe’s repertoire teaming up for the Godfather of Bluegrass’ version of the Southern gospel tune “I’m Working On A Building.” Greensky stuck to traditional material next delivering The Dillards’ take on “Rueben Train,” which appeared on their 1963 release Back Porch Bluegrass. The band had a little setlist fun next pairing Steppin’ In It’s “Ghost Of Richard Manuel” with The Band’s “The Shape I’m In” playing the latter for the first time since June of last year. Greensky Bluegrass closed out their night with one more cover delivering a take on Jimmy Martin’s “Drink Up Or Go Home.”

Watch full show video captured by Cam Williams and check out the full setlist below:

[Set I]

[Set II]

Setlist (via Phantasy Tour)

Set 1: Can’t Stop Now, Last Winter in the Copper Country, Bound to Ride, Bone Digger, Room Without a Roof, Windshield, Old Barns, Broke Mountain Breakdown1> Funk Jam> Cities2> Broke Mountain Breakdown Reprise

Set 2: Tied Down, Blood Sucking F(r)iends> All Four, I’m Working on a Building3, Reuben’s Train, Ghost of Richard Manual> Shape I’m In, Run or Die

Encore: Drink Up and Go Home

1. “Tribute Breakdown” 2. first time played 3. w/ Billy Strings (guitar)