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THE INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERS and special guest
The Lizard Lounge
Cambridge, MA
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THE INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERS and special guest
Tuesday 4/27 -
THE INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERS
w/ special guest
$12 ADVANCE / $15 AT THE DOOR
7:30 doors / 8:00 show
www.thestringdusters.com

About the most important question a young bluegrass band
faces right out of the gate is whether they can play. The Infamous Stringdusters wasted no time in
providing their answer—an emphatic “yes”—winning IBMA Album, Song and Emerging Artist of the
Year the very same year they released their debut, Fork In the Road. On Things That Fly, their
third album, due out April 20, 2010 on Sugar Hill, they venture into virtually uncharted territory for
an acoustic group: a sonically and thematically expansive album that lends itself to absorbed
listening from start to finish, much like the great rock albums do.

Holed up in the Charlottesville, Virginia studio Haunted Hollow, with significant preproduction under
their belts and Gary Paczosa (Nickel Creek, Dixie Chicks, Tim O’Brien) on board as engineer and
co-producer, the ‘Dusters did things they’d never done before: guitarist Andy Falco put his hidden
keyboard talents to use on smoldering organ parts; voices and instruments alike were splashed
with reverb; and, though the band has no shortage of quality lead singers in fiddler Jeremy Garrett,
dobro player Andy Hall and upright bassist Travis Book, a few fine-singing friends—country
standout Dierks Bentley, Americana songwriter-chanteuse Sarah Siskind and Crooked Still
frontwoman Aoife O’Donovan added novel tones.  All this—and more, much more—makes for a
lush, new ‘Dusters experience.

Says Book, “I think string bands have a tendency to feel like when they go to record, doing
anything that they can’t necessarily replicate 100 percent live is off-limits. Instead of saying ‘This is
how it sounds when the six of us play it standing around in a circle, so we’re just going to put mics
up and capture it and that’s going to be it,’ we really got deeper in the production aspect.”

Factor in that every member of the band—rounded out by de facto tour videographer Chris
Pandolfi (banjo) and Jesse Cobb (mandolin)—is a stylish, consummate picker with a hardly strictly
bluegrass background, as well as a skilled songwriter, and you see that this band is genuinely built
for breadth. “We wanted to make sure everyone had writing input on the record,” Hall relates.
“We’d never done that before, and it’s a lot of why we started the band.”  

Speaking of formidable rock albums, the 'Dusters drew the second track on Things That Fly from
U2's Joshua Tree. Not only did they transform "In God's Country" into their own propulsive,
virtuosic vehicle, they wrote transcendent anthems in a similar spirit: "Taking a Chance on the
Truth" and "Love One Another." Surprising covers, unusual arrangements and other departures
from the expected make Things That Fly something different - namely a sign that they've elevated
their sound and set their sights higher than ever before.

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The Lizard Lounge
1667 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States


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Music

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No

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