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Things That Fly
     

Things That Fly

by Infamous Stringdusters
 
Things That Fly finds bluegrassers the Infamous Stringdusters at a bit of a crossroads. Their first two albums were more traditionally minded affairs, with the band's high-lonesome harmonies and fleet-fingered picking applied to relatively old-school (if not totally trad) formats. For their third album, though, they decided to mix things up, seeming to ask

Overview

Things That Fly finds bluegrassers the Infamous Stringdusters at a bit of a crossroads. Their first two albums were more traditionally minded affairs, with the band's high-lonesome harmonies and fleet-fingered picking applied to relatively old-school (if not totally trad) formats. For their third album, though, they decided to mix things up, seeming to ask themselves in the process, "What is bluegrass?" Toward that end, they push gently at the boundaries of bluegrass here, stopping short of blowing a hole in the wall and scrambling out the other side as, for instance, Chris Thile and the Punch Brothers have done. For one thing, they've expanded their instrumentation; in addition to the usual fiddles, banjos, mandolins, etc., the multi-talented Stringdusters employ not only lap steel, but very un-bluegrassy axes like organ and viola. And while the band's trademark vocal blend is a fine one, this time around they've varied up the vocals by bringing in a few guest singers, including country star Dierks Bentley, Aoife O'Donovan of alt-folk band Crooked Still, and singer/songwriter Sarah Siskind (who happens to be the wife of Stringdusters bassist/singer Travis Book). But the most striking change that takes place on Things That Fly is in the songs themselves. On one hand, the band pushes the envelope by delivering a twang-filled cover of U2's "In God's Country," but just as important are the strides they've made with some of their own compositions, like the sultry, almost funky "All the Same," the harmonically complex ballad "Masquerade," and "Taking a Chance on the Truth," which would be a pop
ock tune if it was played on electric instruments. Admittedly, there are other newgrass bands that have already gone farther down the road of stylistic expansion, but for the Infamous Stringdusters, Things That Fly marks an undeniable progression.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/20/2010
Label:
Sugarhill
UPC:
0015891405926
catalogNumber:
14059
Rank:
88561

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Infamous Stringdusters   Primary Artist
Andy Falco   Organ,Guitar,Piano,Electric Piano,Group Member
Sarah Siskind   Vocal Harmony,Guest Appearance
Dierks Bentley   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Aoife O'Donovan   Vocal Harmony,Guest Appearance
Chris Pandolfi   Banjo,Group Member
Jesse Cobb   Mandolin,Octave Mandolin,Group Member
Jeremy Garrett   Fiddle,Viola,Vocals,Group Member
Travis Book   Bass,Vocals,Group Member
Andy Hall   Dobro,Vocals,Lap Steel Guitar,Group Member

Technical Credits

U2   Composer
Edge   Composer,Lyricist
Bono   Composer,Lyricist
Gary Paczosa   Producer,Engineer
Jody Stecher   Composer
Jon Weisberger   Composer
Andy Falco   Composer
Sarah Siskind   Composer
Dierks Bentley   Duet
Chris Pandolfi   Composer
Jesse Cobb   Composer
Jeremy Garrett   Composer,Duet
Stephen Mougin   Composer
Sanwook "Sunny" Nam   Mastering Associate
Travis Book   Composer
Infamous Stringdusters   Producer
Andy Hall   Composer
Brandon Bell   Engineer

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