Friday, April 2, 2021
– The Infamous Stringdusters will pay tribute to Bill Monroe with "A
Tribute to Bill Monroe," out May 28 on Americana Vibes.
The GRAMMY-award winning quintet — Andy Falco [guitar], Chris Pandolfi [banjo], Andy Hall [Dobro], Jeremy Garrett [fiddle] and Travis Book [double bass] - have explored other musical avenues, but are bluegrass-based.
"Bill Monroe was, as far as I can remember, the first bluegrass music I owned," said Hall. "I asked my uncle for a Bill Monroe CD box set and got it as a birthday present when I turned 18. The sound coming out of my speakers blew my mind. It sounded like ancient acoustic heavy metal."
The new album, much like the Dusters' last studio effort, "Dust
the Halls: An Acoustic Christmas Holiday!, was recorded at home. "Once
we realized that we were going to be grounded for a good while, we found the best way for us to stay connected musically (as a band spread out around the country) would be to record remotely, each guy from his own home studio," said Falco.
"The silver lining of it was recording albums we always talked about, but didn't have the time to actually do because of our busy touring schedule," said Garrett. "The most important thing is for the art to continue, and we were very happy to be able to still create despite our different geographical locations."
Monroe was most widely known for his mandolin playing, but the mandolin does not appear once in the Dusters' album. "So, while the nature of Bill Monroe's bluegrass resides within the spirit of innovation, the Dusters took that same leap of faith in excluding Monroe's instrument in that they "followed a path to be innovators in the music created together," said Garrett, "along with
exploiting the musical foundation we all share."
The track list is:
1. My Sweet Blue Eyed Darling
2. Dark as the Night
3. Sitting Alone in the Moonlight
4. Toy Heart
5. Old Dangerfield
6. Travelin Down this Lonesome Road
7. The Little Girl and the Dreadful Snake