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The Infamous Stringdusters bring bluegrass to The Center

About the most important question a young bluegrass band faces is whether they can play. The Infamous Stringdusters wasted no time in providing their answer, winning IBMA Album, Song and Emerging Artist of the Year the very same year they released their debut, “Fork In the Road.”

Many things have changed since The Stringdusters’ inception in 2006 but the essential elements have remained the same. And now the progressive sextet is more focused than ever on exactly what makes them unique: the musical integration of six individual musicians into one visionary sound.

While critics have loved to declare the band “newgrass torchbearers,” this group is actually a broad melting pot of American music. Backgrounds range from training in classical and jazz to hard rock to stints backing country legends and high lonesome heroes.



When the group first emerged in 2007 there were immediate accolades but the group – Andy Hall (Dobro,) Andy Falco (guitar,) Chris Pandolfi (banjo,) Jeremy Garrett (fiddle,) Jesse Cobb (mandolin,) and Travis Book (upright bass) – was viewed as a collection of Nashville’s most sought after young guns getting together for a super jam.

“The more we play, the more everyone’s deep musical influences become a part of the whole band,” says Book. “With this group, the well runs deep, and when this band is at its best we’re developing a new sub-genre of acoustic music. We definitely have a communal thing going on and the music is falling in line with that.”




The band recently retreated to the hills of Central Virginia to record their third album for Sugar Hill Records. Look for the album to be released this spring.


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