Ratings and Reviews
This cd is a good one. I think it might could have been better but changing the sound is new and good all at the same time. Buy this cd not just to enjoy and listen to but to support awesome music. Bluegrass rules!!!
I've been a fan of The Stringdusters for a few years now, and I'm always eager to hear whatever they've cooked up, and never miss a live show when they come to my area. With Silver Sky, The Stringdusters once again show off their superior chops. Among other 'similar' bands in their generation such as Yonder Mountain String Band, Trampled by Turtles, and many of the other bands you can find making the yearly festival circuit, I've always found The Infamous Stringdusters are vastly superior when it comes to musicianship, vocal skill, and song writing. Sadly though, I think the departure of mando player Jesse Cobb leaves a major void in The Stringdusters sound, and it shows in Silver Sky. To the newcomer Stringdusters fan, this may not matter, but for someone who has been listening to them for a while, most of the tracks on Silver Sky seem to have a fair amount of empty space that should be filled by the sound of the mandolin. Certainly, the departure of Cobb serves as an opportunity for all the other amazing musicians in the band to take a bigger piece of the musical pie, but texture and background provided by Cobbs mando are irreplaceable. For someone who is a Phish fan, to me it's almost like listening to Phish without Page McConnells baby grand. I'll still remain a fan of the band, and I'm sure their live jams will be just as impressive, but without Cobb (or someone of equal skill to replace him), The Stringdusters have definitely lost a step.
This is certainly one of THE best bands EVER!
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
- Nashville, TN