Green Mountain Grass

Green Mountain Grass


Live acoustic gonzograss from Austin, TX! Eclectic melodies, creative harmonies, explosive jams, and a thoughouly danceable experience.


The four band members in GREEN MOUNTAIN GRASS are Dave Wilmoth (29, mandolin), Adam "Pickles" Moss (24, fiddle), Trevor Smith (18, banjo/guitar), and Jesse Dalton (25, upright bass). Together, they are exploring the sounds of traditional bluegrass, gypsy swing, folk, funk, reggae, and jazz to discover their own genre-bending sound. While some listeners haven taken to calling this sound “gonzograss,” the end result is described by the band as “melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic mastery with elements of sarcasm, quotes, humor, and exaggeration.” That description is all well and good, but it belies the fact that Green Mountain Grass is taking diverse traditional musical forms founded on instrumental mastery and improvisation and combining them to create something that is altogether new. Yet somehow, the band manages to preserve the elements of those traditions without dishonoring them. Bassist Jesse Dalton forgoes the ethnomusicology and simply describes the band’s approach as “a self-induced psychedelic frenzy of quick-witted talent as seen from the other side of the musical looking-glass.”

However they might describe it, the band’s approach does a lot for the band’s sound, as well as explains their appeal. While they variously dare to be a bluegrass band without a guitar (sometimes) or a funk band without a drummer (usually), the combination of intimate acoustic instrumentation and adventurous free-spirited improvisation allows the band to be equally compelling no matter where they are. Whether they are in front of an attentive listening-room audience, on a tall stage playing to a throng of sun-baked festival-goers, or in a local venue orchestrating a gonzograss dance party for their fans, something exciting and inspiring is always being created.

Green mountain Grass will be releasing a brand new studio album called ’As the Crow Flies’ in January 2008. Keep checking back for more info about the CD Release.


As the Crow Flies - Zone Records - 2008
Both Sides of the Mountain - LP released 2006, receives airplay on KGSR and KOOP in Austin, TX as well as other stations nationally.
Will Pick For Food - LP released 2001

Set List

Sets are typically 1.5 hours long, and consist of 12-18 songs, or which approximately 75% are original. Several segues between songs usually occur within each set.

Original songs include:
Jacket King
Lower Turtle Washout
Bleu Ridge
Absinthe Before Breakfast
On the Run
Sow the World
Long, Long Road
Oh, Little Gal of Mine
Turkey Trot
Fool's Last Song
Palo Pinto
Pink Notes
84 Blues
Endures Forever
Orion's Sky
All the Things We Say

Covers include:
Ginseng Sullivan
Lonesome Fiddle Blues
This Heart of Mine
Cold Rain and Show
Midnight Moonlight
San Tropez
Happy Birthday
Salty Dog
Orange Blossom Special
Billy in the Low Ground
Vamp in the Middle
Limehouse Blues
Dark Eyes
Killin' In the Name Of
Bei Mir Bist Du Schone
John Hardy
Take It All Away
Salt Creek
Red-Haired Boy
El Cumbanchero