Infamous Stringdusters hit Canyons Saturday

Article Published: Jan. 21, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Infamous Stringdusters hit Canyons Saturday

The Infamous Stringdusters bring their visionary sound to Canyons in Blowing Rock on Saturday.

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MerleFest 2010 is still more than three months away, but diehard Americana music fans can get their fix of first-class bluegrass this weekend when Sugar Hill Records artists the Infamous Stringdusters come to Blowing Rock.

The Infamous Stringdusters will perform at Canyons of the Blue Ridge on Saturday, Jan. 23, from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Admission is $10 per person.

Combining the old-style fiddle tunes reminiscent of John Hartford, with a rough-around-edges more modern style similar to Danny Barnes and the Bad Livers, the Infamous Stringdusters wrap every song they perform in exquisite vocal harmonies and outstanding picking.

The sextet features Andy Hall on dobro and vocals, Andy Falco on guitar and vocals, Jesse Cobb on mandolin, Jeremy Garrett on fiddle and vocals, Chris Pandolfi on banjo and vocals, and Travis Brooks on upright acoustic bass and vocals.

Through appearances at bluegrass and Americana festivals, such as MerleFest, the band has earned a considerable following since it first burst on the music scene in 2007. In fact, the band's debut album, Fork in the Road, was named the International Bluegrass Music Association's Album of the Year for 2007, a feat unheard of in a genre that prides itself in name recognition and dues paying.

The Infamous Stringdusters followed up that debut with a self-titled sophomore effort, produced by Americana legend Tim O'Brien. That album found them hitting their stride with an intricate balance of intimacy and high-energy original tracks. Since then, the band has settled in to comfortable routine of touring clubs, festivals and occasional recording sessions. They make it sound so easy, but you have to see them live to appreciate the effort involved.

For more information on this show, call Canyons of the Blue Ridge at (828) 295-7661.

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