Takeover Tuesday Playlist: Greensky Bluegrass Reveal Their Unexpected Influences, From Taylor Swift to LL Cool J

Dylan Langille
Greensky Bluegrass

Welcome back to Takeover Tuesday, where each week, Billboard taps chart-topping artists and tastemakers to compile their very own playlist exclusive to Billboard's Spotify account. We give the artists free rein to base the list on whatever subject they choose. The only rule? Make it as creative and unique to them as possible.

With a name like Greensky Bluegrass, it's pretty clear what kind of music the five-piece jam band plays. But while their catalog is filled with several folky rock tracks, Greensky Bluegrass' influences span much further than just guitar riffs and twangy tunes. The group showcases their versaility in their raucous live shows -- playing covers from Prince's "When Doves Cry" to Paul Simon's "Gumboots" -- so the guys (Anders Beck, Michael Arlen Bont, Dave Bruzza, Mike Devol, and Paul Hoffman) wanted to do the same with their Takeover Tuesday playlist.

Each member picked four or five songs for their collective playlist, which they aptly dubbed "Songs You Wouldn't Expect a 'Bluegrass' Band to Love." Their selections make for an ecclectic mix of artists old (Frank Sinatra, Gladys Knight & the Pips) and new (Mac DeMarco, Chet Faker); popular (Taylor Swift, LL Cool J) and not-so-familiar (Vulfpeck, Frightened Rabbit).

Along with the variety of tunes each member brought to the playlist, they also offer personal revelations as unexpected as their song choices. Bont included Fugazi's "Waiting Room" because he was "a big punk-rocker growing up"; Devol expressed his love for electronic artists' arrangements and layering with Fakear's "Silver"; and Hoffman calls Wycleaf Jean's "We Trying to Stay Alive" his "hype jam."

Overall, the guys simply appreciate highlighting masterpieces of every genre, like Billy Cobham George Duke Band's "Hip Pockets" ("This is as funky as it gets," Bruzza exclaims) or even Salt-N-Pepa's risqué "Let's Talk About Sex" that Beck calls a "great timeless jam."

Greensky Bluegrass' array of musical interests are all reflected in the band's forthcoming LP, All For Money, which is due Jan. 18. Pre-order the album here, and check out the group's Takeover Tuesday playlist below.


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