Greensky Bluegrass have released another new single from their highly anticipated seventh studio album, All For Money (Big Blue Zoo Records). CLICK HERE to buy or hear the track, “Do It Alone,” which is also streaming via NPR Music’s World Café. The song feels equally at home on a festival stage as it does blaring through your speakers. Backed by a robust groove, “Do It Alone” transforms traditional bluegrass instrumentation into a rich sonic backdrop highlighted by a mandolin awash in a trio of effects as well as rich echoed vocals and emotive lyrics.
“I’d been trying to write a windows-down rock ‘n’ roll tune for a while,” says Paul Hoffman. “I got out an old guitar of mine, re-strung it, and immediately spit the song out. It’s meant to be an anthem. I ask myself, ‘Why do I do it alone?’ It’s because I’ve got a whole room of thousands singing at the top of their lungs with me. Whenever I write something emotional that might be difficult to sing, I’m reminded of the fact the crowd is there. Hopefully, it’s a reminder for other people as well and we all have something to chant together.”
“I love the start when you hear Anders plug in, you seem to know it’s going to drive and get you going,” adds Dave Bruzza. “It’s dynamic and drives not only rhythmically, but the lyrics get right into your heart and you can feel it. This was such a fun song to record.”
All For Money is out on January 18th, 2019 via the band’s own label, Big Blue Zoo Records. The set of 12 new songs was recorded at Echo Mountain Recording in Asheville, NC alongside co-producers Dominic John Davis (Jack White’s longtime bassist) and Glenn Brown. After 18 years together, up to 175 shows per year, nearly 1,000 different setlists, six studio albums and a litany of live releases, Greensky Bluegrass embodies more than just music for its members, and the irony of the album title highlights the band’s own sense of humor. All that said, this album might just be their best yet.
“By the time the vocals come in, you’re pretty sure it’s not ‘bluegrass’ … by the time the band is rocking full throttle behind those vocals, I expect the listeners to be thinking: ‘W ….. T ….. F …..,” says Anders Beck. “That’s the idea! Welcome back to Greensky albums! Layers, twists, surprises, truly original music.”
The band will be kicking off their Winter Tour with special guests Circles Around The Sun, Billy Strings and Cris Jacobs Band on January 10th. Stops include famed venues such as: The Ryman Auditorium,The Beacon Theatre, The Anthem, The Tabernacle and more. Even sooner, the iconicRiviera Theatre in Chicago will play host to the band’s four night NYE residencyDecember 28th-31st. For ticket info and a list of all upcoming dates, please visit greenskybluegrass.com.