The Bluegrass Generals, a bluegrass supergroup hosted by Infamous Stringdusters Andy Hall and Chris Pandolfi, features a revolving cast of the genre’s best and brightest stars from show to show. This weekend, the Generals played a two-night run at Denver, CO’s Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom with Greensky Bluegrass’ Paul Hoffman, John Stickley of the John Stickley Trio, and Greg Garrison of Leftover Salmon, for what turned out to one hell of a throwdown.
This “Winter String Fling” also featured performances from the likes of Gipsy Moon, the Sweet Lillies, and the Last Revel, as the venue opened up The Other Side to accommodate a packed out crowd. Coming out of Nederland, CO, Gipsy Moon’s set featured a sit-in from Leftover Salmon’s Andy Thorn for a tasty jam, along with the group featuring some new, old-world traditional music from their forthcoming album. The Sweet Lillies out of Boulder, CO put together a strong set on The Other Side, which featured another sit-in from Thorn (which seemed to be the theme of the night), and kept the vibe going throughout the venue.
The Bluegrass Generals put on a two-set performance that saw the group locked in from the start, with a set opening cover of Norman Blake‘s “Ginseng Sullivan,” followed by the Stringdusters’ own “No More to Leave You Behind.” “Fixin’ To Ruin” saw a nice mandolin jam between Hoffman and Gipsy Moon’s Silas Hermann, and a sing along ensued with the Greensky member taking the vocals on a cover of Bob Marley‘s “Could You Be Loved.” The oft-covered traditional bluegrass number “Deep Elem Blues” made an appearance in what was a strong first set, which ended with a cover of Greensky’s “Burn Them.”
After a brief set break, the Generals came back out to the front lines firing with the rest of the infantry, and played a monster second set which featured the Stanley Brothers classic “How Mountain Girls Can Love,” sit-ins from Andy Goessling on tenor sax on “Hillbillies,” “All That I Can Take,” and “Flight of the Turban,” the latter two which saw a guest spot from….you guessed it, Mr. Andy Thorn himself. Bruce Springsteen‘s “Atlantic City” was clearly a crowd favorite, as there wasn’t a silent voice in Cervantes. “Not Fade Away” brought a proper ending to the evening, as those in attendance walked out of the warm venue into the chill of the Denver night.
Thanks to taper Rob OBrien, you can enjoy the show’s audio below:
The Bluegrass Generals – Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom – Denver, CO – 1/6/17 Setlist
Ginseng Sullivan, No More To Leave You Behind, Dellas Walk, Fixin’ To Ruin*, Could You Be Loved, Deep Ellum Blues, Angeline, Saro Jane, I Wonder Where You Are Tonight, Burn Them
The Four, How Mountain Girls Can Love, Hillbillies**, All That I Can Take@, Flight Of The Durban@, Blue Ridge Mountain Home, High Country Funk, Merely Avoiding, 99 Years, Atlantic City, Whitehouse Blues
Not Fade Away
– * w/Silas Herman on Mandolin
– ** w/Andy Goessling on Tenor Saxophone
– @ w/Andy Goessling on Tenor Saxaphone and Andy Thorn on Banjo
[Photo by ontheDL Photography on The Bluegrass Generals Facebook]