The Infamous Stringdusters describe themselves as “progressive bluegrass.” What that means to them is creating original music inspired by traditional tunes. On their latest CD, ‘Let It Go‘, they’ve gone one better by producing the album themselves – accepting all of the responsibility of framing the band’s sound.
For the five members of The Infamous Stringdusters”Andy Hall (Dobro), Andy Falco (guitar), Chris Pandolfi (banjo), Jeremy Garrett (fiddle) and Travis Book (upright bass)”reverence for traditionalism has always been only part of the equation. The group has always remained intent on fostering something bigger, more original. It’s this desire”and the combined efforts of uniquely creative minds”that has brought the quintet to its current place as multi-dimensional string explorers, mixing tight song craft from a variety of musical styles with a flare for improvisation. Armed with an exhilarating, often-unpredictable live show, the open-minded approach has certainly resonated and allowed the band to easily fit on a diverse set of stages”from Telluride and Grey Fox to Bonnaroo and High Sierra”building crowds along the way that fill some of the country’s best rock clubs.
In spring 2014, the band visited BeeHive Studios in Saranac Lake, New York, to discuss the process of making music and to play a few songs.