Greensky Bluegrass Welcomes Billy Strings & More In Washington D.C. – Full Show Audio

By Jeffrey Greenblatt Feb 2, 2019 7:23 am PST

Greensky Bluegrass brought their winter run to Washington D.C. on Friday to start a two-night stand at The Anthem. The jamgrass act teamed up with longtime friend and current tourmate Billy Strings and members of his band for the closing stretch of the second set.

The Kalamazoo-based band got their night in our nation’s capital off the ground with New Grass Revival’s “Can’t Stop Now.” After a take on “In Control” from 2014’s If Sorrows Swim the quintet dedicated “Beauty Of My Dreams” to the song’s author bluegrass legend Del McCoury in honor of his 80th birthday. The back half of the opening frame was highlighted by an expansive take on “Take Cover” and the set-closing tandem of “The Four” > “Run Or Die.”

The five-piece act looked to their recently released studio album to get the second stanza going offering up All For Money tracks “What You Need” and “It’s Not Mine Anymore.” “Can’t Make Time” came ahead of a cover of Bob Dylan’s “When I Paint My Masterpiece,” which was played for just the fourth times since 2017. The latter part of the set is when the band really dug in, first delivering a seamless run on “Jaywalking” and Pink Floyd’s “Time” and “Breathe Reprise.”


Strings along with his bandmates banjo player Billy Failing and mandolinist Jared Walker emerged next and would remain on stage through the end of the set. The ad-hoc ensemble lit into an extended jam-filled run with “Don’t Lie” leading things off. Strings then lead the collective through a take on “Meet Me At The Creek” from his 2017 release “Turmoil & Tinfoil” before they brought things home with the end of “Don’t Lie.” Greensky Bluegrass looked to one more cover for their encore, serving up “When I Get My Hands On You” from The New Basement Tapes to bring the first of two nights in D.C to an end. Listen to full show audio and a fan-shot video from last night below:

Don’t Lie w. Billy Strings, Billy Failing & Jarrod Walker Captured by Troy Laur


Full Show Audio | Taped By Jeff Prater


Setlist (via Phantasy Tour)

Set I: Can’t Stop Now(1), In Control, Beauty of my Dreams, Take Cover, Do It Alone, The Radio Blues, Collateral Damage, The Four> Run or Die

Set 2: What You Need, It’s Not Mine Anymore, Can’t Make Time, When I Paint My Masterpiece> Bottle Dry, Jaywalking> Time> Breathe Reprise, Don’t Lie(2)> Meet Me at the Creek(2)(3)> Don’t Lie(2)

Encore: When I Get My Hands on You

1. w/ Hey Jude intro, 2. w/ Billy Strings (guitar), Billy Failing (banjo), Jared Walker (mandolin), 3. First time played

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