The latest roots recording, Things That Fly, is a 13-song vehicle by the Infamous Stringdusters. It is an acoustic, blue-ribbon winner from a proven bluegrass band. Within this third release, the septet displays a velocity of wise beyond their year’s creative craftsmanship.
Their innate ability is to alter the traditional mind-set of a string band within the established context. Their fingers-to-frets ratio is precise, pulsating, rapid, and appears like drifting rainbows against the blue sky.
The Infamous Stringdusters pre-production style is to rent a cabin in a scenic locale—Asheville or the Poconos, stockpile serious supplies, and hole up for a few days to ferment a strange brew of serious writing, arranging and Nashville circumnavigation to discover new territories. They
explore the raw enjoyment factor which binds their spirits together.
Hence, when the disk was recorded across ten days at Charlottesville, Virginia’s Haunted Hollow Studios, it cruised to plush new altitudes by the application of confident attitude from engineer and co-producer Gary Paczosa.
The fabric of each member style fits hand into a glove as fiddler Jeremy Garrett seamlessly blends the dobro punctuation of Andy Hall, upright bass work from Travis Book, mandolin embroidery of Jesse Cobb, with banjo man Chris Pandolfi, and guitarist & organist Andy Falco to thread a backwoods style thru the eye of a rustic needle with ease. The Infamous Stringdusters have a trio of first rate lead singers in Garret, Hall and Book.
A cover from U2’s Joshua Tree, “In God’s Country,” is energy laden and soars into the great wide-open straight from the original tarmac. Their lyrical imagery and emotive influences set the balanced feeling and tone. The jazzy “Masquerade” moves with savvy sophistication. We gratefully receive an intramuscular bluegrass transfusion in the tune “You Can’t Stop the Changes.” The sprinting style of “Magic #9” leaves us dizzy with its lead runs and pacing.
The band is an acoustic chemistry hexagon which effortlessly floats in midair. On this release their studio work is well played, refined, and lively. Ingest this poignant confluence from the Infamous Stringdusters for the time is ripe to sit back and soak in the musical breeze of Things That Fly.