Catskill Chill TOTD: Greensky Bluegrass – “Living Over”
Greensky Bluegrass has crafted an approachable style of bluegrass music that instantly turns listeners into fans. With over 15 years of experience, the band has carefully intertwined the elements of a string band, rock ‘n’ roll, and songwriting in such a way that even those skeptical of bluegrass come to realize that Greensky is for everyone. Their sixth album, Shouted, Written Down & Quoted, which is set to be released September 23rd, captures the electric essence of a GSBG concert and showcases the band’s skilled craftsmanship. “Living Over” is the third song you receive as an instant download when you pre-order the upcoming album via iTunes.
“When you make music that is intended for improvisation and open musical moments, it can be challenging to capture in the studio…I’m really proud of this tune and continuously look forward to playing it. This mess that I insist to write.” -Paul Hoffman
“Living Over” is a dynamic track that flows through the highs and lows which represent the human condition. A mandolin introduction builds into the dobro melody. A traditional Americana sound gives the track a solid foundation, and from there, Greensky Bluegrass uses their artistic freedom to express their unique flavor of bluegrass. Hoffman’s voice speaks to the human experience with beautiful songwriting. All of the encompassing qualities of “Living Over” soothe whatever ails the listener’s soul.
A lengthy instrumental in the middle of the track allows each band member to let their individual talent shine through. The tone of the bridge travels across a spectrum of emotions from playful to contemplative then uplifting. I cannot wait to see this track live! As the strings swell, one cannot deny this bold statement of the way in which music soothes the soul. The chorus showcases the band’s expertise with harmony. A powerful, strong ending echoes the melody and sends the message of survival home.
Greensky Bluegrass will be headlining at Catskill Chill Music Festival in Lakewood, PA on September 23-25. One of the defining characteristics of Catskill Chill is its unique setting. Hosted at New Minglewood, a private summer camp in Lakewood, the venue has cabins for rent, paved pathways throughout, a beautiful lakefront, covered stage facilities, free parking, and free camping. Additional highlights of New Minglewood include indoor movie theaters, indoor and outdoor spaces for yoga, art, and wellness workshops, an easy-to-traverse campus, and “closer than ever” parking. While the “B Stage” and Club Chill will remain covered venues, this will mark the first year that the Chill will present an outdoor main stage for attendees to enjoy music in the open air, under the stars. The festival also offers a farmer’s market, craft and food vendors, a communal bonfire nightly, and an open mic.