Greensky Bluegrass & The Infamous Stringdusters Collaborate In Louisville
Watch The Dusters' Chris Pandolfi lead "Booger Magnolia" through a Grateful Dead classic.
Greensky Bluegrass and The Infamous Stringdusters hit Old Forester’s Paristown Hall in Louisville, Kentucky on their 2022 winter tour. While the run has seen numerous guest spots, the “Casual Wednesday” saw members of The Infamous Stringdusters joining GSBG during the latter’s second set culminating in a full-band sit-in from The Dusters on the encore.
Greensky kicked off their first set with the title track to their recently released album Stress Dreams. “Better Off” and guitarist Dave Bruzza’s “Bottle Dry” followed ahead of another Stress Dreams track, “Monument.” Next up, Greensky delivered the 2022 debut of “Through The Trees,” last time played on July 27, 2021, as per Phantasy Tour. Staples “I’d Probably Kill You” and “Murder Of Crows,” the latter for the band’s 2019 album All For Money, then proceeded a paring of All For Money’s “Do It Alone” and Shouted, Written Down & Quoted cut “Living Over” to close out the set.
The second set also began with Stress Dreams tracks, “Screams” and “Grow Together” which spilt “Out & Under.” “Blood Sucking F(r)iends” and “Leap Year” then prefaced the first sit-in of the evening with The Dusters’ bassist Travis Book lending vocals to GSBG’s “Casual Wednesday.” The guesting continued with a mix of both bands dubbed “Booger Magnolia” consisting of Dusters banjo player Chris Pandolfi, guitarist Andy Falco and dobroist Andy Hall along with GSBG bassist Mike Devol and banjoist Michael Bont for the Grateful Dead classic “Casey Jones.” Pandolfi sang lead on the tune ahead of a round of solos. The group also kicked into double-time bluegrass for the coda. Devol then led “Booger Magnolia” through Stress Dreams closer “Reasons To Stay.”
A group called “Leather Bound” consisting of GSBG mandolinist Paul Hoffman, dobroist Anders Beck and Bruzza teamed up with The Dusters’ Book and fiddler Jeremy Garrett for “All That I Can Take.” The song — originally performed by another collaboration including Greensky and Dusters members called Broke Mountain Bluegrass Band — saw action at a GSBG show for the first time since 2015, as per PT. Leather Bound continued with John Hartford’s beloved and humorous spoken word number “Boogie,” a debut at a Greensky show, followed by set closer, “Ain’t No Bread In The Breadbox” by Norton Buffalo.
For the encore, the entirety of The Infamous Stringdusters joined Greensky Bluegrass onstage for the bluegrass standard “Reuben’s Train” to bring the eventful evening to a close. Check out fan-shot video of “Booger Magnolia” on “Casey Jones” below:
Setlist (via Phantasy Tour)
Set One: Stress Dreams, Better Off, Bottle Dry, Monument, Through the Trees, I’d Probably Kill You, Murder of Crows, Do It Alone > Living Over
Set Two: Screams, Out & Under, Grow Together, Blood Sucking F(r)iends, Leap Year, Casual Wednesday, Casey Jones, Reasons to Stay, All That I Can Take, Boogie, Ain’t No Bread in the Breadbox
Encore: Reuben’s Train
-  w/ Travis Book (vocals)
-  “Booger Magnolia” band – Devol, Bont, Andy Hall, Chris Pandolfi, Andy Falco
-  Devol lead vocals
-  “Leather Bound” band – Hoffman, Beck, Bruzza, Travis Book, Jeremy Garrett
-  w/ Travis Book (bass), Jeremy Garrett (fiddle), Andy Falco (guitar), Andy Hall (dobro), Chris Pandolfi (banjo)
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