Meet the Grammy- award winning progressive bluegrass band The Infamous Stringdusters! Two of the founding members Andy Hall, and Chris "Panda" Pandolfi talk about the upcoming release of their 13th album A Tribute to Flatt and Scruggs as well as their Grammy- nominated 2022 album Into the Fray. We discuss the importance of touring, the advantages of having their own Americana Vibes recording label, as well as what makes for a great cover song.
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“This tune has what we like to refer to in the bluegrass world as drive,” says The Infamous Stringdusters’ Andy Hall of their brand new take on Flatt and Scruggs’ “Down The Road.” “Not too fast…but powerful,” he laughs. And he isn’t wrong, especially in the capable hands of this GRAMMY-winning quintet. “Down The Road” is the second single from the Stringdusters’ upcoming album, A Tribute To Flatt & Scruggs—out April 21st via the band’s own Americana Vibes label.
Hot on the heels of yet another GRAMMY nomination—this time for their latest LP, Toward The Fray—the Stringdusters are revisiting the forefathers of the genre in a way not too distant from their GRAMMY-nominated A Tribute to Bill Monroe. “The concept of paying tribute to the Grandfathers or originators of Bluegrass is one we bounced around for awhile and after Bill Monroe, the most logical, I think any bluegrass musician would agree, is Flatt & Scruggs,” says Stringdusters bassist Travis Book. “They're legendary and without Earl's banjo, bluegrass just doesn't exist the way we know it today.”
"Down the Road Is a staple of the Flatt and Scruggs canon and one they recorded early in their career,” says Hall, “As is the case with many Flatt and Scruggs songs, it's very banjo driven. It's a fun one to play! We do it our own way and even put a little jam at the end.” When it came time for the Infamous Stringdusters to record A Tribute to Flatt & Scruggs, the band gathered in the studio and pressed record; all at once, all together, just like the bluegrass pioneers whose music they were picking.
Fans can stream or purchase “Down The Road” now at this link, check out the previously-released single, “I’d Rather Be Alone” here, and pre-order or pre-save A Tribute to Flatt & Scruggs ahead of its April 21st release, including a specialty vinyl pressing here. Fans can also pre-order the full suite of Flatt & Scruggs merch via a bundle here.
The Stringdusters will kick off their 2023 festival season next weekend at Suwannee Spring Reunion in Live Oak, Florida, before hitting staples like Telluride Bluegrass, ROMP Fest, High Sierra, and more throughout the summer. For a full list of tour dates and ticket information, please see below or visit thestringdusters.com/tour.
A Tribute To Flatt & Scruggs Tracklist:
1. I’d Rather Be Alone
2. Will You Be Lonesome
3. Blue Ridge Cabin Home
4. Earl's Breakdown
5. Cabin on the Hill
6. Down the Road
Catch The Infamous Stringdusters On Tour:
3/23-26 - Live Oak, FL - Suwanee Spring Reunion
4/20-21 – Crystal Bay, NV – Crystal Bay Casino Crown Room
4/22 – Felton, CA – Felton Music Hall
4/23 – Mill Valley, CA – Sweetwater Music Hall
5/5-6 - Baltimore, MD - Charm City Bluegrass Festival
5/19-20 - Clive, IA - Greenbelt Music Festival
5/25-28 - Cumberland, MD - DelFest
5/26-29 - Greenfield, MA - Strange Creek Campout
6/1-3 - Oak Hill, WV - Mountain Music Festival
6/15-18 - Telluride, CO - Telluride Bluegrass Festival
6/21-24 - Owensboro, KY - ROMP Fest
6/22-24 - Eau Claire, WI - Blue Ox Festival
6/22-24 - Caneadea, NY - Estival Festival
6/29-7/2 - Quincy, CA - High Sierra Music Festival
7/12-7/16 - Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival
9/1-9/3 - Mill Springs, NC - Earl Scruggs Music Festival
9/2 - Brunswick, ME - Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Festival
For a full list of tour dates and ticket information, please visit thestringdusters.com/tour.
More About The Infamous Stringdusters: The Infamous Stringdusters is a progressive acoustic/bluegrass band, that first emerged in 2006, consisting of members Andy Hall (dobro), Chris Pandolfi (banjo), Andy Falco (guitar), Jeremy Garrett (fiddle), and Travis Book (bass). The "Dusters" won three awards at the IBMAs in October 2007 for Emerging Artist of the Year, Album of the Year (for Fork in the Road), and Song of the Year for the album's title track. The band was also nominated at the IBMAs in 2017 for Entertainer of the Year. In 2011, "Magic No. 9" (from Things That Fly) was nominated for Best Country Instrumental Performance at the 2011 Grammys, while in 2018 the band won the Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album for Laws of Gravity. 2021’s A Tribute to Bill Monroe and 2022’s Toward The Fray earned the band another two Grammy nominations. Their latest project, A Tribute to Flatt & Scruggs, will be released on April 21st, 2023.