The Infamous Stringdusters

The Infamous Stringdusters

by Infamous Stringdusters


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It's always great to see youngsters take up the bluegrass/acoustic cause and bring it into the future, carrying on the tradition while adding new musical elements. It was great when the Country Gentlemen did it in the 1960s, when the Seldom Scene did it in the 1970s, when the Tony Rice/David Grisman crowd did it in the 1980s, and when Nickel Creek did it in the 1990s, and it's great that the Infamous Stringdusters are doing it in the new century. In truth, despite the Stringdusters' very traditional instrumentation, their music is hardly bluegrass at all; most of the songs on their second, eponymous album are original compositions, none are traditional or classic bluegrass numbers, and many of them have little in common with bluegrass -- the chopping mandolin offbeats and occasional banjo solos are the only really old-school elements that remain. Not that there's anything wrong with that, of course -- at their best, the Infamous Stringdusters are excellent songwriters and even better singers in a sort of newgrass/acoustic country vein, and their best material includes songs like the sprightly but regretful "Won't Be Coming Back," the gorgeously arranged "The Way I See You Now," and the very fine instrumental "Golden Ticket." However, at their worst they have a tendency to let their virtuosity overcome their musical judgment. "When Silence Is the Only Sound," in particular, is so full of fancy chords that its melody ends up meandering aimlessly and never taking any kind of definite shape. However, most of this album treads very deftly on the fine line separating forward-thinking modernism and the old-school verities, and the singing is always first-rate. Recommended.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/10/2008
Label: Sugarhill
UPC: 0015891404325
catalogNumber: 4043
Rank: 85660

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Infamous Stringdusters   Primary Artist
Tim O'Brien   Bouzouki,Background Vocals
Andy Falco   Guitar,Background Vocals
Erick Jaskowiak   Background Vocals
Ryan Baker   Background Vocals
Chris Pandolfi   Banjo,Background Vocals
Jesse Cobb   Mandolin,Background Vocals
Jeremy Garrett   Fiddle,Vocals,Background Vocals
Travis Book   Bass,Bass Guitar,Vocals
Andy Hall   Dobro,Vocals,Background Vocals
Andy Falco   Guitar

Technical Credits

Edward D. Barnes   Composer
Tim O'Brien   Producer
John Pennell   Composer
Mark Simos   Composer
Tim Stafford   Composer
Jon Weisberger   Composer
Erick Jaskowiak   Engineer
Sarah Siskind   Composer
Benny Galloway   Composer
Chris Pandolfi   Composer
Jesse Cobb   Composer
Jeremy Garrett   Composer
Travis Book   Composer

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