Grammy Winners Include Infamous Stringdusters, Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit & The War On Drugs
In 2012, jamgrass act The Infamous Stringdusters made a big step in the world of New York City venues when the band moved up to the Bowery Ballroom after a few years of playing small rooms in the big city. Last night, just over five years later and hundreds of shows later, The Infamous Stringdusters were invited to the city’s most prestigious rock hall, Madison Square Garden, to receive their first Grammy award. The Dusters, Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit and The War On Drugs were among the acts to take home awards at yesterday’s ceremony for the 60th annual Grammy Awards.
The Infamous Stringdusters won the Best Bluegrass Album for 2017’s Laws Of Gravity. “Cannot thank you all enough for being along for this ride!,” said the band: Andy Hall (dobro), Andy Falco (guitar), Chris Pandolfi (banjo), Jeremy Garrett (fiddle), and Travis Book (upright bass). “Winning this award was made even better by sharing the honor with Rhonda Vincent.” Rhonda Vincent & The Rage were also given the Best Bluegrass Album award in a rare tie.
The ‘Dusters were formed a little over a decade ago and have risen through the ranks as part of a stellar group of next generation jamgrass acts that also includes Greensky Bluegrass and The Travelin’ McCourys, who came on the heels of genre veterans Yonder Mountain String Band, Railroad Earth and Leftover Salmon. Not only have The Infamous Stringdusters provided a voice for female musicians through their 2016 Ladies & Gentleman album and a 2017 The Festy lineup that featured half gentlemen-fronted acts and half lady-fronted acts, they have also lent a hand up to the generation of jamgrass acts that are nipping at their heels such as Horseshoes & Hand Grenades (the first band to sign to The ‘Dusters’ Tape Time Records label), The Lil Smokies, Fruition and The Brothers Comatose.
While the big winners at last night’s ceremony were Bruno Mars and Kendrick Lamar, who won six and five awards respectively, other acts known for their live shows did well last night. Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit took home the award for Best Americana Album thanks to 2017’s The Nashville Sound. Isbell also scored the Best Americana Roots Song for “If We Were Vampires.” Watch Isbell and his band’s reaction to winning:
Meanwhile, Philadelphia’s The War On Drugs won Best Rock Album for A Deeper Understanding and Leonard Cohen was honored posthumously for You Want It Darker. LCD Soundsystem, Portugal. The Man, Kraftwerk, Mastodon, Foo Fighters, The National, Chris Stapleton, John McLaughlin, Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ and Carrie Fisher were also among winners last night. Head to the New York Times to see the full list of winners.
Performers for CBS’s primetime telecast included Kesha, Kendrick Lamar, Dave Chappelle, U2, Lady Gaga and Sam Smith. Watch Chris Stapleton and Emmylou Harris team for a gorgeous performance of Tom Petty’s “Wildflowers”: