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


Welcome again to Takeover Tuesday, the place every week, Billboard faucets chart-topping artists and tastemakers to compile their very personal playlist unique to Billboard's Spotify account. We give the artists free rein to base the record on no matter topic they select. The solely rule? Make it as inventive and distinctive to them as doable.

With a reputation like Greensky Bluegrass, it's fairly clear what sort of music the five-piece jam band performs. But whereas their catalog is stuffed with a number of folky rock tracks, Greensky Bluegrass' influences span a lot additional than simply guitar riffs and twangy tunes. The group showcases their versaility of their raucous reside exhibits — taking part in covers from Prince's "When Doves Cry" to Paul Simon's "Gumboots" — so the fellows (Anders Beck, Michael Arlen Bont, Dave Bruzza, Mike Devol, and Paul Hoffman) wished to do the identical with their Takeover Tuesday playlist.

Each member picked 4 or 5 songs for his or her collective playlist, which they aptly dubbed "Songs You Wouldn't Expect a 'Bluegrass' Band to Love." Their picks make for an ecclectic mixture of artists previous (Frank Sinatra, Gladys Knight & the Pips) and new (Mac DeMarco, Chet Faker); in style (Taylor Swift, LL Cool J) and not-so-familiar (Vulfpeck, Frightened Rabbit).

Along with the number of tunes every member delivered to the playlist, additionally they supply private revelations as surprising as their tune selections. Bont included Fugazi's "Waiting Room" as a result of he was "a giant punk-rocker rising up"; Devol expressed his love for digital artists' preparations and layering with Fakear's "Silver"; and Hoffman calls Wycleaf Jean's "We Trying to Stay Alive" his "hype jam."

Overall, the fellows merely respect highlighting masterpieces of each style, like Billy Cobham George Duke Band's "Hip Pockets" ("This is as funky because it will get," Bruzza exclaims) and even Salt-N-Pepa's risqué "Let's Talk About Sex" that Beck calls a "nice timeless jam."

Greensky Bluegrass' array of musical pursuits are all mirrored within the band's forthcoming LP, All For Money, which is due Jan. 18. Pre-order the album here, and take a look at the group's Takeover Tuesday playlist beneath.