Greensky Bluegrass Welcomes Holly Bowling & Others In Atlanta

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Greensky Bluegrass kicked off a two-night tour closing run at The Tabernacle in Atlanta on Friday night. Holly Bowling of opening band Ghost Light and more joined GSBG in an eventful show celebrating guitarist Dave Bruzza’s 40th birthday.

To honor Daves 40 trips around the sun, mandolinist Paul Hoffman shaved his signature beard into Bruzza’s signature mustache. Greensky got things underway with the Bruzza-penned “Wings For Wheels” which led into “33443” which in turn headed into Bruzza’s “Kerosene.” Eric Braces’ “My Sally” (for the first time in a year) came next ahead of “200 Miles From Montana,” John Bailes’ “Send Me Your Address From Heaven” and “No Idea” from GSBG’s 2011 album Handguns. “The Four,” which had the lyrics changed to “Somebody help me cuz I can’t be shaved,” led into “Run Or Die” to close out the first set.

The Paul Hoffman-penned “Against The Days” got the second set going followed by “Take Cover,” which featured a Simpsons theme tease. Bruzza then talked about how he was happy to be in Atlanta on his birthday along with some mustache banter and dobro player Anders Beck giving Dave some kind words, which got the crowd singing “Happy Birthday.” GSBG then launched into the classic “Burn Them,” featuring Keith Kinnear making a brief appearance to shake a well-placed tambourine.

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The Beatle’s Sgt. Pepper magnum opus “A Day In The Life” followed which had lyrics changed to “shaved my mustache in seconds flat.” After “A Letter To Seymour” the official “Happy Birthday Dave” went down with Ghost Light and the GSBG crew joining in wearing Bruzza themed Cubs shirts. Before presenting Dave with a cake, Tom Hamilton of Ghost Light mentioned that before Dave was a “rock star” he was a “didgeridoo aficionado” and that he appeared in a String Cheese Incident DVD.

After the festivities, Bowling stayed on for “In Control.” Holly continued with GSBG as they welcomed longtime friend Guido Batista on vibraslap for “What You Need” followed by “Don’t Lie” with Bowling still onboard. Then came the moment that was foreshadowed earlier, Dave Bruzza on digeridoo before the band headed into Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “The Ballad Of Cutis Loew,” which naturally gave dobro player Beck a time to shine. It was just the third time Greensky had played the Skynyrd classic and the first time since covering it on Halloween 2016 at the Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas in a show featuring songs that Phish covers before the Vermont quartet went on to cover Bowie later that night. Greensky then returned to “Don’t Lie, which contained “Born To Be Wild” teases and quotes as well as a lyric change to “I haven’t shaved my face in eight years” to bring the second set to a close.

For the encore, just Bruzza and Hoffman in all their mustachioed glory emerged for Gillian Welch’s “I Want To Sing That Rock And Roll.” The rest of the GSBG and Bowling then joined in for “Windshield,” which saw the band stopping to watch Holly close out the evening solo on piano. Check out both sets and the encore captured by Steven J. Ziegler below:

Set One

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Set Two

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Setlist via Camp Greensky

Set One: Wings for Wheels > 33443 > Kerosene, My Sally, 200 Miles From Montana, Send Me Your Address From Heaven, No Idea, The Four (1) > Run or Die

Set Two: Against the Days, Take Cover (2), Burn Them (3), A Day in the Life (4), A Letter to Seymour, Happy Birthday Dave (5), In Control (6), What You Need (6)(7), Don’t Lie (6)(8) > Ballad of Curtis Loew (6) > Don’t Lie (6)(9)(10)

Encore: I Want to Sing That Rock and Roll (11), Windshield (6)

Notes:

  • (1) – Lyric change “Somebody help me cuz I can’t be shaved”
  • (2) – Simpson’s Theme tease
  • (3) – w/ Keith Kinnear (tambourine)
  • (4) – Lyric change “shaved my mustache in seconds flat”
  • (5) – w/ Ghost Light and GSBG crew
  • (6) – w/ Holly Bowling
  • (7) – w/ Guido Batista (vibraslap)
  • (8) – Dave on didgeridoo
  • (9) – Born to be Wild tease & quotes
  • (10) – Lyric change “I haven’t shaved my face in eight years”
  • (11) – Paul and Dave only