Sam Bush Guests With Greensky Bluegrass At Telluride Bluegrass Festival

The collaboration in Colorado featured "I'm Working On A Building" and more.

By Scott Bernstein Jun 14, 2021 9:27 am PDT

Greensky Bluegrass welcomed old friend Sam Bush to guest on two songs at the 2021 Telluride Bluegrass Festival on Friday. The band played one long set in Telluride’s Town Park as part of opening day of the 48th annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival which continues this Thursday, June 17 through Sunday, June 20 with livestreams available via Mandolin.

The jamgrass quintet kicked off their career-spanning 15-song performance on Friday with “Living Over” from 2016’s Shouted, Written Down & Quoted. GSBG then played “Do It Alone” from their latest studio album, 2019’s All For Money. From there, the band went back to Shouted, Written Down & Quoted for “Room Without A Roof” ahead of All For Money standout “Courage For The Road.” Oldies “Old Barns” and “Demons” came next before the five-piece offered the recently debuted original “Grow Together.”

Greensky continued on with a run that included classics “Blood Sucking F(r)iends,” “Wings For Wheels” and “Windshield” along with “What You Need” from All For Money. Sam Bush, the “Mayor Of Telluride,” who performs at both weekends of the 2021 Telluride Bluegrass Festival then emerged with fiddle in hand for a cover of Bill Monroe’s “I’m Working On A Building.” Bush stuck around to add to “Keep On Going,” a song penned by the late Jeff Austin that was a staple of Yonder Mountain String Band’s repertoire between 2000 and 2014.

The quintet finished their set on Friday sans Bush with “Run Or Die” from Shouted, Written Down & Quoted. Greensky Bluegrass fit a cover of the Grateful Dead’s “Eyes Of The World” within “Run Or Die.” The band — who last played “Eyes Of The World” back on February 8, 2019 — resumes their summer tour this Friday, June 18 and Saturday, June 19 at Bank Of New Hampshire Pavilion in Gilford, New Hampshire.

Setlist (via PT GSBG)

Set: Living Over, Do It Alone, Room Without A Roof, Courage For The Road, Old Barns, Demons, Grow Together, Blood Sucking F(r)iends, What You Need, Wings For Wheels, Windshield, I’m Working On A Building*, Keep On Going*, Run Or Die > Eyes Of The World > Run Or Die

* – with Sam Bush on fiddle

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