"...it seems like these bands constantly get flamed among deadheads and quite frankly i dont get it. Its too the point where i get it you dont like the band now shut the fuck up."
Yeah I get where you're coming from here. The fact that all of these bands have so many dedicated fans, and continue to entertain thousands of people year after year means that they are good musicians. So if someone doesn't like them then it does not mean they "suck" or whatever.
That being said, we all have our opinions, and you asked for our "stance" on these bands so here's mine:
Phish: I like them. I get what everyone says about them being silly at times, but sometimes I like that. I don;t always need a band to teach me something. Lots of singers songwriters play music that tells a great story or teaches universal truths, but when I see Phish I want to to hear/see those sound sculptures that very few musicians know how to do better.
SCI: I used to love them. I haven't really been digging their sound recently, but I know many other people who's musical opinion I really respect and they still like Cheese a lot. I'm a big bluegrass person though and SCI has tended towards less String, more Cheese for a while now so much of what I liked about them is smaller in the mix. These things happen. They a re still great musicians and since Billy Nershi is playing in the Emmitt Nershi band (which is awesome) I can still get my Nersh-bluegrass fix.
WSP: Not really my thing. I LOVE the acoustic stuff (ie Uber Cobra) and I bet this wood tour coming up will be great. Just too "Heavy" of a sound for me but, again, to each their own. A lot of people love WSO and I can understand why. Bell, Herring, and crew are incredible musicians.
RRE: Just great. They are a little too Bluegrassy to ever get REAL big, IMO. They are not a strictly Bluegrass band (I would call them "American Roots" though any label ultimately fails), but they do have a heavy Bluegrass influence which I think turns a lot of people off. This is unfortunate bc a) Bluegrass is great, and b) if you want Hunter/Garcia quality songwriting/storytelling being played by a group of musicians that are immensely talented and know how to jam and get weird with the music... RRE is your thing. Top notch all-round.
Greensky Bluegrass: Copy/paste much of what I wrote about RRE above. I have only been listening to these guys for about 9 months (seen them 3 times) and I think they are going to give RRE a run for their money as Top Band in my book. If they were both playing the same night at equal venues, same ticket price, same distance from where I am, etc, etc.... man that would be a tough call! I hope it never happens! They are a Bluegrass Band (much more "classic" Bluegrass than RRE) but have an amazing, instinctive feel for the psychedelic and are just all round fun people to have play you some music. Go see them!
YMSB: They are good. Why they get so much more love from the GD community than other bands (like RRE and GSBG) I don't know. Don't get me wrong, I REALLY like YMSB but find them to be more of a party and don't find the jams to get as weird and "out there" as those by RRE and GSBG.
Mostly I'm just thankful that there's a lot of good music out there!!!!!!!