Fishman Artist // Infamous StringdustersThe Infamous Stringdusters are at the forefront of a new movement in bluegrass music. Their unmatched virtuosity has enabled them to take acoustic music to a completely new level. They wield an expansive repertoire touching on masters from Jimmy Martin to John Hartford, but their strength lies in their original compositions. Dedication to arrangements sets them apart and extended improvisation makes every performance completely unique. The live Stringdusters experience is anti-formulaic, groove friendly, and mind‐expanding ‐ not your granddaddy’s bluegrass. Unless your granddaddy was Jerry Garcia.
A collective of five musicians who each left successful slots in various touring bands, the Stringdusters, are essentially a supergroup. The band exploded onto the world in 2007 with critical acclaim, multiple IBMA awards and a record deal with venerable bluegrass label Sugar Hill. Hundreds of shows later, the band is on a trajectory as one of the fastest growing acoustic bands in the country, creating their own record label, successful music festival, and unique business model in the process.
All the members of the Infamous Stringdusters have had rather illustrious careers as backup and session players. Dobro player Andy Hall has played with legends like Dolly Parton and the late Earl Scruggs, guitarist Andy Falco's resume includes stints with the Greencards and Levon Helm, banjo player Chris Pandolfi's background includes a stint with Drew Emmit, fiddler Jeremy Garrett has played with Bobby Osborne, and bassist Travis Book has shared the stage with Benny "Burle" Galloway.
The Infamous Stringdusters released a new studio album, Silver Sky in March 2012 via the band's own High Country Recordings label. The album marks a period of massive change and growth within the band, as well as explosive growth to audiences around the country. This transition is audible on Silver Sky, with many novel approaches for the band including some alternative instrumentation (keys, horns, drums), a new producer, and the move to a five-piece band.
"The Fishman Aura allows me to plug in my guitar while keeping a natural yet clear tone. It works better than a mic! It's the most important piece of gear in my live acoustic set up and I would not play a show without it."
-- Andy Falco, guitarist for The Infamous Stringdusters