A couple of weeks ago I was listening to a Podcast of the Mountain Stage Show of September 23, 2011. The show featured The Weepies, The Punch Brothers and two bands I really like by Turtles and The Infamous Stringdusters. The Stringdusters kicked off the show. Now I had listened to and liked The Stringduster’s 2010 release Things That Fly, but that album is on the MP3 Player that is a pain to listen to because you have to hold the headphones in a certain position or you only get sound from one side, so I haven’t heard it for a while! But listening to the set on Mountain Stage I thought boy I have to check that album out again! Anyway the other day I saw that the Stringduster’s had a new release titled We’ll Do It Live. So I quickly put that on the iPod and it became the soundtrack for today’s four mile run. Their music which is a blend of old-timey bluegrass with indie jamgrass is perfect for running. The majority of the songs are uptempo songs with some great picking, which means I can just go with the flow of the music which includes some longish instrumentals! The current line-up for the band includes:
Andy Hall (Dobro)
Andy Falco (guitar)
Chris Pandolfi (banjo)
Jeremy Garrett (fiddle)
Travis Book (upright bass).
Dominick Leslie (mandolin)
Falco and Leslie are the newest members of the band replacing Chris Etheridge and Jesse Cobb respectively. The band burst onto the bluegrass scene in 2007 and won three awards at the International Bluegrass Music Association Awards Ceremony including: Emerging Artist of the Year, Album of the Year for Fork in the Road (in a tie with J.D. Crowe & the New South’s album Lefty’s Old Guitar), and Song of the Year for the album’s title cut. In 2011 the song “Magic #9” (from Things That Fly) was nominated for a 2011 Grammy award for “Best Country Instrumental”.
The Infamous Stringduster’s allow and encourage taping of their shows and make many of those shows available free at Archive.org/theinfamousstringdusters! So check them out there I know I am because I bet the live shows may even contain more jams than appear on We’ll Do It Live!
Here’s the Award Winning “Fork in the Road” which kicks off We’ll Do It Live
Oh, by the way the run was one of my fastest over my Creek – out and back four mile just under 38 minutes! Now it’s back to The Jefferson Key and The World Series, which is not quite as exciting as it would have been if the Phillies were there!