Greensky Bluegrass returns to the 9:30 Club this weekend equipped with a new album, “Shouted, Written Down & Quoted.” We asked singer/mandolin player Paul Hoffman to walk us through three tracks from jam band’s latest.
The album’s laid-back opener contains one of Hoffman’s favorite lyrics ever: “Even in your dreams you know your limits were real.” “It’s something a friend of mine said to me, a chef that I used to work with,” Hoffman says. “It’s dark, man.”
‘Past My Prime’
A week before recording, Hoffman dusted off this old song he’d never finished. The upbeat folk rock track “was one of the most fun tunes to record because there was this energy we had, it being new and totally unlearned to everybody — even me, because I was rearranging it,” he says.
Clocking in at just over seven minutes, the anthemic “Living Over” best captures the band’s improv-heavy live shows. “That middle section is totally studio improvisation, and I think it’s one of the best we’ve ever done,” Hoffman says. “I listened to it a lot after we recorded it.”
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