THE INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERS • THINGS THAT FLY - 4/20/10
The Infamous Stringdusters

INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERS
THINGS THAT FLY


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About the most important question a young bluegrass band faces right out of the gate is whether they can play. The Infamous Stringdusters wasted no time in providing their answer—an emphatic “yes”—winning IBMA Album, Song and Emerging Artist of the Year the very same year they released their debut, Fork In the Road. On Things That Fly, their third album, due out April 20, 2010 on Sugar Hill, they venture into virtually uncharted territory for an acoustic group: a sonically and thematically expansive album that lends itself to absorbed listening from start to finish, much like the great rock albums do.

Holed up in the Charlottesville, Virginia studio Haunted Hollow, with significant preproduction under their belts and Gary Paczosa (Nickel Creek, Dixie Chicks, Tim O’Brien) on board as engineer and co-producer, the ‘Dusters did things they’d never done before: guitarist Andy Falco put his hidden keyboard talents to use on smoldering organ parts; voices and instruments alike were splashed with reverb; and, though the band has no shortage of quality lead singers in fiddler Jeremy Garrett, dobro player Andy Hall and upright bassist Travis Book, a few fine-singing friends—country standout Dierks Bentley, Americana songwriter-chanteuse Sarah Siskind and Crooked Still frontwoman Aoife O’Donovan added novel tones. All this—and more, much more—makes for a lush, new ‘Dusters experience.

Says Book, “I think string bands have a tendency to feel like when they go to record, doing anything that they can’t necessarily replicate 100 percent live is off-limits. Instead of saying ‘This is how it sounds when the six of us play it standing around in a circle, so we’re just going to put mics up and capture it and that’s going to be it,’ we really got deeper in the production aspect.”

Factor in that every member of the band—rounded out by de facto tour videographer Chris Pandolfi (banjo) and Jesse Cobb (mandolin)—is a stylish, consummate picker with a hardly strictly bluegrass background, as well as a skilled songwriter, and you see that this band is genuinely built for breadth. “We wanted to make sure everyone had writing input on the record,” Hall relates. “We’d never done that before, and it’s a lot of why we started the band.”

Speaking of formidable rock albums, the ‘Dusters drew the second track on Things That Fly from U2’s Joshua Tree. Not only did they transform “In God’s Country” into their own propulsive, virtuosic vehicle, they wrote transcendent anthems in a similar spirit: “Taking a Chance on the Truth” and “Love One Another.” Surprising covers, unusual arrangements and other departures from the expected make Things That Fly something different - namely a sign that they’ve elevated their sound and set their sights higher than ever before.

[ALBUM IMAGE]The Infamous Stringdusters are at the forefront of a new movement in bluegrass music. Their unmatched virtuosity has enabled them to take acoustic music to a completely new level. They wield an expansive repertoire touching on masters from Jimmy Martin to John Hartford, but their strength lies in their original compositions. Dedication to arrangements sets them apart and extended improvisation makes every performance completely unique. The live Stringdusters experience is anti-formulaic, groove friendly, and mind-expanding- not your granddaddy's bluegrass. Unless your granddaddy was Jerry Garcia.

UPCOMING SHOWS:
TUES - 4/20
High Noon Saloon

Madison, WI [map]
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WED - 4/21
The Mill

Iowa City, IA [map]
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THURS - 4/22
Cedar Cultural Center

Minneapolis, MN [map]
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FRI - 4/23
The Miramar Theatre

Milwaukee, WI [map]
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SAT - 4/24
Martyrs'

Chicago, IL [map]
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SUN - 4/25
The Ark

Ann Arbor, MI [map]
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TUES - 4/27
Lizard Lounge

Cambridge, MA [map]
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WED - 4/28
Southpaw

Brooklyn, NY [map]
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THURS - 4/29
Mexicali Live

Teaneck, NJ [map]
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FRI - 4/30
The 8X10

Baltimore, MD [map]
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SAT - 5/1
Jefferson Theater

Charlottesville, VA [map]
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THURS - 5/6
Rhythm and Brews

Chattanooga, TN [map]
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FRI - 5/7
The Five Spot

Nashville, TN [map]
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SAT - 5/8
The Five Spot

Nashville, TN [map]
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WED - 5/12
Kirk Avenue Music Hall

Roanoke, VA [map]
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THURS - 5/13
Iota

Arlington, VA [map]
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FRI - 5/14
Iota

Arlington, VA [map]
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SAT - 5/15
Camp Jam

Monroeville, NJ [map]
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SUN - 5/16
Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival

Gettysburg, PA [map]
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WED - 5/19
The Five Spot

Atlanta, GA [map]
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THURS - 5/20
Visulite Theatre

Charlotte, NC [map]
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FRI - 5/21
Orange Peel

Asheville, NC [map]
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SAT - 5/22
Cat's Cradle

Carrboro, NC [map]
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THURS - 6/17
Father's Day Bluegrass Festival

Grass Valley, CA [map]
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FRI - 6/18
Father's Day Bluegrass Festival

Grass Valley, CA [map]
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SAT - 6/19
Cafe du Nord

San Francisco, CA [map]
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THURS - 7/1
High Sierra Music Festival

Quincy, CA [map]
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SAT - 7/3
Wendt's Gray Pine Farm

Oak Run, CA [map]
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THURS - 7/8
Saint Edward State Park

Kenmore, WA [map]
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FRI - 7/9
Tractor Tavern

Seattle, WA [map]
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THURS - 7/15
Music in the Mountains

Big Sky, MT [map]
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FRI - 7/16
Summer Music Fest @ Roseberry

Mccall, ID [map]
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SAT - 7/17
Northwest String Summit

North Plains, OR [map]
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Mon - 7/19
Rockygrass Academy

Lyons, CO [map]
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Friday - 7/23/2010
RockyGrass

Lyons, CO [map]
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SAT - 8/7
Saddleback Mountain

Rangeley, ME [map]
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SAT - 8/28
River City Roots Festival

Missoula, MT [map]
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FRI -9/3
Four Corners Folk Festival

Pagosa Springs, CO [map]
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THURS -9/16
Legend's Music Hall

Boone, NC [map]
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FRI -9/17
Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion

Bristol, TN [map]
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