Over the course of more than a decade with Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, Adam Greuel has shared the stage with some world-renowned acts, played some massive festivals, performed throughout the country, and even helped inspire an outstanding Central Waters beer. Before he was treating people throughout the Midwest (and far beyond) to his distinct bluegrass stylings, Greuel was teaching himself Grateful Dead tunes on guitar in central Wisconsin and sitting in on gigs with Loose Strings.

Prior to HHG’s Driftless Music Gardens Drive-In Tailgate show on July 3, My First Band host Tyler Maas got in touch with Greuel to learn more about the unique socially distant show and to see how he’s holding up under quarantine. Over the course of the hour-long discussion, Greuel talked about making the most of this pause in the world’s entertainment schedule, trying to focus on crucial social issues, and seeking inspiration in isolation. Along the way, Greuel also spoke about his musical start in Stevens Point, playing with the Taberna Twins in Wyoming, his stint with The Strange Machine in college, the origin of Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, his solo efforts, and his modern day work with projects like Rucksack Revolution and The High Hawks.

My First Band is sponsored by Mystery Room Mastering. The show is edited by Jared Blohm. You can listen to My First Band on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, and wherever else you get podcasts. Music used in this show comes courtesy of Devils Teeth (“The Junction Street Eight Tigers”), Horseshoes & Hand Grenades (“Cheyanne”), and Adam Greuel (“Call It What It Is”).