The Greencards are an American progressive bluegrass band. They formed in 2003 in Austin, Texas, and relocated in 2005 to Nashville, Tennessee. They have released one independent album, Movin’ On, in 2003, and two albums, Weather and Water and Viridian, on the Dualtone record label. Their fifth album, The Brick Album, was self-produced with the direct support of their fans.
About The Greencards in brief
The Greencards are an American progressive bluegrass band. They formed in 2003 in Austin, Texas, and relocated in 2005 to Nashville, Tennessee. The band was founded by Englishman Eamon McLoughlin and Australians Kym Warner and Carol Young. They have released one independent album, Movin’ On, in 2003, and two albums, Weather and Water and Viridian, on the Dualtone record label. Their fourth album, Fascination, was released on Sugar Hill in 2009. Their fifth album, The Brick Album, was self-produced with the direct support of their fans. The track \”Mucky the Duck\” from Viridian was nominated as the Best Country Instrumental Performance at the 50th Grammy Awards. The Greencards’ sound has been compared to progressive American folk rock, and they have been credited with helping to expand bluegrass music. They draw from Irish folk music, gypsy music, rock ‘n’ roll, folk balladry, and Latin American musical sources, and are said to be representative of the \”newgrass\” movement. The group has toured with Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Bruce Robison and Ray Wylie Hubbard, and toured with the Asylum Street Spankers before emigrating to the U.S. in 2005. They are known for their incorporation of other genres of music within an American bluegrass sound, and have been called the first international band to do so. They were nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Country Album for Viridian in 2005, and were invited to tour with Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan in the same year.
In 2010, Carl Miner, originally from Oregon, joined the group in May 2010, playing acoustic guitar, and he resides in Nashville. They also have a five-year-old son, Eamon “Eamon the Fiddle” Miner, who was born in Brighton, England, and now plays fiddle and sings in the band with his father. The pair met through mutual love of Monty Python, and met at a recording session for Bill Atkins and Bill Atkins’ album Monty Hill On On On. They met in Sydney, Australia, where Warner and Young were trying to find work in the moribund Australian bluegrass scene. They later lived in Texas, where they met and fell in love with Austin, and later emigrated to America to pursue their musical careers. In 2009, the band moved to Nashville to live with Eamon’s father, who lives in New York City. In 2011, the group released their first album, Fascination, which was self produced with the support of fans. It was their first release on the Sugar Hill record label, and went on to be their first No. 1 album on Billboard magazine’s Bluegrass Music Chart, making the Greencards the first band in the world to reach the top of the Bluegrass chart. In 2012, they released Viridian, their second album, and their third album on Dualtone, on which they have received numerous awards.