11 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Infamous Stringdusters have been known to stretch the definition of bluegrass to include songs by The Grateful Dead and The Police. But for Let It Go the Nashville quintet headed to White Star Sound, a secluded studio on the rural outskirts of Charlottesville, Va., to explore where their sound would take them with naturalistic self-production. Like most highly respected bluegrass bands, they play impeccably and precisely, crafting vocal harmonies that are as careful and neat as their instrumental prowess. “Middlefork” champions this instrumental ability, while “By My Side,” “Summercamp,” “Peace of Mind,” and the gorgeous ballad “Rainbows” illustrate their abilities to write sweetly crafted tunes that make smart use of upright bass, banjo, fiddle, guitar, and dobro. They clearly use bluegrass only as a starting point. These songs stray to acoustic rock and folk terrain, with touches of country and gospel. The title track sticks to acoustic guitar and fiddle to complement the group’s stellar multi-part harmonies.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Infamous Stringdusters have been known to stretch the definition of bluegrass to include songs by The Grateful Dead and The Police. But for Let It Go the Nashville quintet headed to White Star Sound, a secluded studio on the rural outskirts of Charlottesville, Va., to explore where their sound would take them with naturalistic self-production. Like most highly respected bluegrass bands, they play impeccably and precisely, crafting vocal harmonies that are as careful and neat as their instrumental prowess. “Middlefork” champions this instrumental ability, while “By My Side,” “Summercamp,” “Peace of Mind,” and the gorgeous ballad “Rainbows” illustrate their abilities to write sweetly crafted tunes that make smart use of upright bass, banjo, fiddle, guitar, and dobro. They clearly use bluegrass only as a starting point. These songs stray to acoustic rock and folk terrain, with touches of country and gospel. The title track sticks to acoustic guitar and fiddle to complement the group’s stellar multi-part harmonies.

TITLE TIME
4:08
3:16
4:50
2:58
3:32
3:51
3:30
3:29
3:32
3:57
2:25

About The Infamous Stringdusters

Formed in 2006, and drawing on the talents of then up-and-coming Nashvillians Andy Hall, Chris Eldridge, Chris Pandolfi, Jeremy Garrett, Jesse Cobb, and Travis Book, the Infamous Stringdusters managed to balance a fluency in old-timey bluegrass with indie jamgrass sensibilities. They released their first album, Fork in the Road, on Sugar Hill in early 2007, which resulted in three awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association later that year. An eponymous sophomore effort arrived in 2008, followed by Things That Fly in 2010. After a few personnel shifts, the band settled on a lineup of Andy Hall (Dobro), Andy Falco (guitar), Chris Pandolfi (banjo), Jeremy Garrett (fiddle), and Travis Book (upright bass). A live album, We'll Do It Live, which featured concert performances by the band from shows done in Virginia and New York in the spring of 2011, appeared in the fall of that same year from the band's own imprint, High Country Recordings. A fourth studio album, Silver Sky, also from High Country, arrived early in 2012, with a deluxe edition that added an extra CD of live tracks released later that same year. A fifth studio album, Let It Go, again from the band's own label, was released early in 2014. The Stringdusters struck a deal with Compass Records for their 2016 album, Ladies & Gentlemen, in which they collaborated with an impressive roster of female vocalists, including Joan Osborne, Lee Ann Womack, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Joss Stone, and Claire Lynch. The group quickly returned to the studio, and had another album, Laws of Gravity, ready for release in January 2017. ~ Margaret Reges & Steve Leggett

  • ORIGIN
    Nashville, TN
  • GENRE
    Country
  • FORMED
    2006

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