The Infamous Stringdusters Bring Bluegrass to Alma
A progressive style of bluegrass music is coming to Alma College for a concert that promises to heat up a cold January night.
The Infamous Stringdusters, named “Best Emerging Artist” by the International Bluegrass Music Association in 2007, performs at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16 in the Remick Heritage Center at Alma College. Concert tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors 62 and up, and free for Alma College staff, students and youth 18 and under. Seating is reserved. Call (989) 463-7304 for ticket information.
The Infamous Stringdusters
group is known for its well-crafted songs, instrumental virtuosity,
improvisation, harmony and sound that combines tradition and innovation
for a new level of “newgrass” music, says Tom Ball, bluegrass
aficionado and host of the public radio show “Homespun.”
"The Infamous Stringdusters are a great addition to the Alma College lineup this year,” says Ball. “The Stringdusters manage to balance the traditional style of bluegrass with an eye clearly on the future.”
The group consists of six singer/musicians: Andy Hall on the dobro, a louder version of the guitar; Andy Falco on guitar; Chris Pandolfi on banjo; Jeremy Garrett on fiddle; Jesse Cobb on mandolin; and Travis Book on upright bass.
The group performed more than 150 shows during its breakout year of 2007, including festivals with big names like David Grisman and Sam Bush. It also landed a deal for motion picture music with Lions Gate Entertainment.
That same year, their debut album, “Fork in The Road,” won “Album of the Year” by The International Bluegrass Music Association. Its title track won “Song of the Year,” and the band itself won “Best Emerging Artist.”
“The musicianship is first-rate, with all the players getting opportunities at one point or another on the CD for impressive solos,” says national public radio host and music journalist George Graham. “The vocals are top-notch, with the traditional high-lonesome tenor sound tempered somewhat to be a bit more mellow, with excellent vocal harmonies.”
The group’s most recent album, “The Infamous Stringdusters,” released last summer, includes such songs as the sentimental “Bound for Tennessee,” “When Silence Is the Only Sound,” “Loving You,” and the bluesy “Get It While You Can.”
After performing at Alma College, the Stringdusters will continue their U.S. tour at the Big Sky Big Grass Festival in Big Sky, Montana, and the Savannah Music Festival later in March.
Posted: Sat, January 3rd, 2009 at 9:24AM