Greensky Bluegrass Welcomes Tim Carbone & Vince Herman And Debuts Wilco Cover In Chicago

Listen to official audio of a show featuring the band’s first-ever takes on “Via Chicago,” “Woody Guthrie” and “Honky Tonk Women.”

By Scott Bernstein Mar 4, 2024 9:33 am PST

Greensky Bluegrass brought their current tour to The Salt Shed in Chicago on Saturday night for a concert featuring support from jamgrass supergroup The High Hawks. The quintet premiered a location-appropriate tribute to The Windy City’s own Wilco and was joined by High Hawks member Tim Carbone (Railroad Earth) in the first set and was augmented by Carbone’s bandmate Vince Herman (Leftover Salmon) for two songs in the second set.

GSBG — guitarist Dave Bruzza, mandolinist Paul Hoffman, dobroist Anders Beck, bassist Mike Devol and banjo player Michael Bont — opened their first of two sets with staples “Demons” and “Murder Of Crows.” The latter gave way to Norton Buffalo’s “Ain’t No Bread In The Breadbox,” a song frequently played by the Jerry Garcia Band. Carbone then added his vibrant fiddle to “Give A Shit.” The violin player took an extended solo towards the middle of the tune from the latest GSBG LP, 2022’s Stress Dreams.

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The opening stanza rolled on with a sequence featuring fan-favorites “Windshield,” “Living Over” and “Old Barns.” Next, Greensky Bluegrass lit into the classic “Kerosene.” The “Kerosene” jam bled into the five-piece’s first-ever rendition of Wilco’s “Via Chicago.” Dave Bruzza captained the geographically-fitting cover debut after which the band finished “Kerosene” to conclude the frame.

Greensky Bluegrass picked Townes Van Zandt’s “White Freight Liner Blues” to kick off the second set in Chicago. The group then played “Bone Digger” by Cris Jacobs and Stress Dreams cut “New & Improved.” Next, Vince Herman emerged to lead GSBG on debut renditions of Leftover Salmon song “Woody Guthrie” and The Rolling Stones classic “Honky Tonk Women.” Anders Beck talked about the major influence Herman had on Greensky in between tunes. “What Vince taught us is that you can play this bluegrass shit and you can have a damn good time doing it!”

“Honky Tonk Women” was performed bluegrass style in upbeat fashion. Greensky Bluegrass then went it alone for a “Courage Of The Road” that encapsulated The Dillards’ “Reuben’s Train.” The quintet tacked on an expansive set-closing “Don’t Lie” and returned to punctuate the night with a “What You Need” encore.

Watch a clip shared by Greensky Bluegrass of “Via Chicago” below:

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Official audio via nugs.net

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Setlist (via Phantasy Tour)

Set One: Demons, Murder Of Crows > Ain’t No Bread In The Breadbox, Give A Shit [1], Windshield, Living Over, Old Barns, Kerosene > Via Chicago [2] > Kerosene

Set Two: White Freight Liner Blues, Bone Digger, New & Improved, Woody Guthrie [2] [3], Honky Tonk Women [2] [3], Courage For The Road > Reuben’s Train > Courage For The Road, Don’t Lie

Encore: What You Need

  • [1] – w/ Tim Carbone (fiddle)
  • [2] – First Time Played
  • [3] – w/ Vince Herman (guitar, vocals)

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