The Infamous Stringdusters
THE INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERS
“With a nod to the past and a firm foot down on the gas toward the future, the ‘Dusters… don’t leave bluegrass behind; they’re stretching it from within.” – New York Times
“The Stringdusters are the Star Wars of Bluegrass and this is their Return of the Jedi. Stop fiddling with your lightsaber and get this album.” – Ryan Adams
“…these stellar bluegrass players are pushing the music forward.” – David Dye/World CafÃ©
A band should never stop progressing.
Forward motion belies creativity and evolution. A staunch and unwavering commitment to progression is how an unassuming group of five friends can collectively become a GRAMMYÂ® Award-winning force of nature. Thatâ€™s exactly how it happened for The Infamous Stringdusters. Within thirteen years since their 2005 formation, the bandâ€”Travis Book [bass, vocals], Andy Falco [guitar, vocals], Jeremy Garrett [fiddle, vocals], Andy Hall [dobro, vocals], and Chris Pandolfi [banjo, vocals]â€” have consistently forged ahead, relentlessly exploring the musical possibilities of a â€œbluegrass ensembleâ€ and breaking down boundaries in the process.
In a genre known for traditionalism, the â€˜Dusters have consistently covered new ground, inspired fans, and redefined what a bluegrass band can be. 2018 represented a high watermark for the quintet as they took home a GRAMMYÂ® Award in the category of â€œBest Bluegrass Albumâ€ for their 2017 release Laws of Gravity.
Even with such milestones, the members feel like theyâ€™re only getting started.
â€œIâ€™m most inspired by the evolution of the music,â€ agrees Book. â€œThe band is reaching new heights with our exploration and jamming. The repertoire is deep, and our crew is so entwined in the music and presentation of the show. Itâ€™s all come together in the last year or so.â€
Hall adds, â€œReleasing three recorded projects this year has been artistically exciting. Mostly, the band has taken a huge leap forward in our live show with our improvisation blending from one song into the next. Itâ€™s made everything that much more fun.â€
The motion includes a prolific output that rivals any act in music. In 2017 alone, they released three projects: Laws of Gravity, Laws of Gravity: Live, and Undercover Vol. 2 through Lumenhouse Recordings. Impressively, the bandâ€™s eighth full length record, Laws of Gravity, received a 2018 GRAMMYÂ® Award nomination in the category of â€œBest Bluegrass Albumâ€, bowed in the Top 10 of the Billboard Heatseekers Chart, and marked their third debut at #1 on the Bluegrass Albums Chart with Undercover Vol. 2 becoming their seventh Top 10 entry. Recognized by some of the top names in the game, they teamed up with Ryan Adams for performances of â€œSweet Carolinaâ€ on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and at Telluride Bluegrass Festival, and Newport Folk Festival. Phil Lesh also tapped them as his band for Phil and Friends at Lockn alongside members of Phish.
Another tenet of that progression, the second installment of the Undercover series exemplifies the exploration ethos, transforming various recognizable anthems into raw and rootsy gems. â€œJessicaâ€ by The Allman Brothers Band, rollicks and rolls, â€œGet Luckyâ€ by Daft Punk maintains its dancefloor energy, and Marvin Gayeâ€™s â€œWhatâ€™s Going On,â€ adopts newfound urgency. The Cureâ€™s â€œJust Like Heavenâ€ undergoes a bluegrass makeover with galloping banjo and blistering solos.
Along the way, The Stringdusters have won three International Bluegrass Music Association Awards in 2007 for their debut record, Fork in the Road, in addition to snagging a nomination for â€œInstrumental Group of the Yearâ€ by the International Bluegrass Music Association in 2010. Meanwhile, Things That Flyâ€™s â€œMagic No. 9â€ garnered a 2011 GRAMMYÂ® nod in the category of â€œBest Country Instrumental.â€