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The Infamous Stringdusters

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/10/2008
  • Label: Sugarhill
  • UPC: 015891404325
  • Catalog Number: 4043
  • Sales rank: 173,894

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
Eric Conn Mastering
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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