Greensky Bluegrass Shares ‘Stress Dreams’ Single

Listen to the title track from the band's next studio album.

By Scott Bernstein Jan 7, 2022 8:13 am PST

Greensky Bluegrass today shared “Stress Dreams,” the title track from their eighth studio album. Stress Dreams arrives in two weeks, on January 21, through Thirty Tigers.

After the pandemic forced the band off the road in March 2020, the band gathered four months later to work on new material. The 13-track Stress Dreams was recorded during sessions held in Guilford, Vermont and Asheville, North Carolina. GSBG called upon “old friend” Dominic John Davis to produce the follow-up to 2019’s All For Money with Glenn Brown mixing.

“This sounds like a quarantine song — and it truly became one — but was originally based on a recurring experience,” said GSBG bassist Mike Devol of the title track he wrote. “I’d have what I began to call stress dreams, in which I’d need to be somewhere, often on stage, but for reasons beyond my control, I was unable to do so: my bass was in my car, the backstage door was locked. Sometimes in the dreams, I would need to text, but my phone wouldn’t type. I’d wake up and just be so relieved to not have to deal with the annoyance of whatever inconvenience I was facing. The song took on a melodrama, though, that I was happy to amplify. My wife walked through the room at one point when I was writing the mandolin solo melody in the middle and literally said, ‘well, that’s dramatic.’ Works for me.”

“Not only did Devol write a lyrical epic story of a song, but created the music to match it,” added Greensky dobroist Anders Beck. “So often a writer hits one mark or another, but on this one, Devol got both.” GSBG debuted “Stress Dreams” live on Halloween 2020 in Pisgah Forest, North Carolina as per Phantasy Tour. Eight additional live versions followed in 2021.

Stream Greensky Bluegrass’ “Stress Dreams” below:

Tonight, Greensky Bluegrass kicks off a tour in support of Stress Dreams with the first of two shows at Mission Ballroom in Denver. A special soundcheck set will be held at the venue tomorrow from 6:30 – 7 p.m. MT. Ticket holders for the evening’s show can gain entry with a donation of at least $25 at the door to Conscious Alliance. Proceeds from the soundcheck set and an auction will go towards those affected by the recent fires in the front Front Range of Colorado.

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