Greensky Bluegrass Enlists Members Of Railroad Earth, Fruition & The Lil’ Smokies For April Fools’ Prank


Yesterday, headliners Greensky Bluegrass closed out the first day of this year’s WinterWonderGrass Tahoe festival with a main stage performance that saw the band treat attendees to an April Fools’ Day prank. The Michigan based outfit enlisted the help of Railroad Earth, Fruition and The Lil’ Smokies to pull off a stunt at the start of their set at Bar One in the Olympic Village at Squaw Valley Ski Resort.

As time came for the start of the headliner’s set, the band that took the stage to seemingly play “Windshield” was a set of imposters playing the parts of GSBG members. Reversing roles from 2013 installment Hangtown Halloween Ball that saw Greensky Bluegrass impersonate Railroad Earth, the latter’s mandolinist John Skehan stood in for Paul Hoffman, while members of The Lil’ Smokies and Fruition also helped pull off the gag, pretending to be GSBG while “playing” along to the “Windshield” recording played over the PA.

After the prank, GSBG emerged to perform the rest of the set which also included guitarist Scott Law sitting-in on “I’d Probably Kill You” and Jay Cobb Anderson of Fruition assisting on guitar for the “War Pigs” encore. Watch a video of “I’d Probably Kill You” featuring Law guesting via L4 LM:

Here’s a bit of the “Shakedown Street” tease from the set closing “Leap Year” captured by barenakedfarmerswife:

Setlist (via Camp Greensky)

Set: Windshield, Take Cover, Living Over, The Four > Bottle Dry, Fixin To Ruin, Burn Them, Broke Mountain Breakdown [1] > Julius, I’d Probably Kill You [2], Demons, Pig in a Pen, Wings for Wheels, Leap Year [3]

Encore: War Pigs [4]


  • [1] Smoke on the Water tease
  • [2] with Scott Law
  • [3] Shakedown Street tease
  • [4] with Jay Cobb Anderson
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