Greensky Bluegrass shared a new single, “Absence of Reason”, on Friday from the band’s forthcoming album, Stress Dreams. The eighth studio album from the jamgrass ensemble is out on January 21st, 2022 via Thirty Tigers.

Following previously released singles “Grow Together” and “Monument”, “Absence of Reason” furthers the polished product thus far previewed of Stress Dreams. Mandolinist/vocalist Paul Hoffman leads the charge on the contemplative single, looking back to move forward as he so often does. Dissonant dobro licks intermingle with winding banjo pickin’ as Hoffman repeats, “‘Cause I wanna do right/More than anything I do.”

“I want all the songs to be really close to my heart but sometimes when I’m a little detached there’s more freedom to explore the potential,” Hoffman said in a press release. “I just loved this interval and all the chord flips that create tonal ambiguity. Songs like this always become surprise favorites for me. Somehow, free from emotional attachment, they become quintessential Greensky. This song feels like an example of an idea defined by a band. What once was simple, is now unique.”

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Dobro player Anders Beck called it “a great example of how we like to mix up acoustic and electric tones. Psychedelic whale noises and J.J. Cale chicken-pickin’ licks on the same dobro on the same song? That’s what I live for. Don’t let the casual delivery of the verses let some of those great lyrical twists slide by.”

Listen to “Absence of Reason”, the new single from Greensky Bluegrass, via the player below or on your preferred streaming platform. The band will close out 2021 with a pair of New Year’s Eve shows at The Factory in St. Louis, MO December 30th and 31st. For tickets and a full list of tour dates visit the band’s website.

Greensky Bluegrass – “Absence of Reason”