The Infamous Stringdusters Release New Full-Length Album ‘Laws Of Gravity’
“…the quintet returns to the rootsy sound they have cultivated for over a decade…it’s the melodies of tracks such as the introspective ‘Soul Searching,’ perhaps the disc’s thematic centerpiece, that advance the Stringdusters a few steps ahead of the competition…There’s plenty to be said for a band of veterans playing in top form, pleasing an established audience with tight tunes and interaction honed over hundreds of live dates…one of their finest sets of new material.”
–Hal Horowitz, American Songwriter, 1/6/17
Progressive Bluegrass virtuosos THE INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERS have returned with Laws Of Gravity, a new full-length album on Compass Records. The 13-track collection celebrates a return to form for the Grammy-nominated acoustic five-piece, whose widely acclaimed 2016 album Ladies & Gentlemen featured all female singers (such as Joss Stone, Lee Ann Womack, Nicki Bluhm, etc).
Stream Laws Of Gravity now on Spotify and watch the music video for the album’s focus track “Gravity,” which offers a look into the band recording in studio.
THE INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERS–Andy Hall (dobro), Andy Falco (guitar), Chris Pandolfi (banjo), Jeremy Garrett (fiddle), and Travis Book (upright bass)–recorded Laws Of Gravity in Nashville and co-produced it with Billy Hume (Ludacris, Ying Yang Twins). “This is an important record for us, coming off the Ladies & Gentlemen project,” says Falco. “That album exposed us to a lot of new fans and we toured so hard this year, it really feels like a great time in the history of the band. We think Laws Of Gravity is a quintessential Stringdusters record, and that all facets of the group are represented on the album in a cohesive way.”
“A return to form is one way to put it. We’re returning to the starting point but the starting point has really shifted. In a lot of ways, more experiences together, traveling, touring for a decade and also this last phase of Ladies & Gentlemen and all the collaborations have opened new ways of approaching the music so it feels like the band is still really moving forward,” Book added.
The band–hailed for their incomparably tight yet improvisation-infused live shows–are poised to build on their growing fan base and momentum. They have won four International Bluegrass Music Association awards, earned a “Best Country Instrumental” Grammy nomination in 2011 and garnered widespread critical acclaim.
2016 was filled with several unique and notable highlights in the band’s 10plus year career. At their first-ever headlining show at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre, special guests Lee Ann Womack and Nicki Bluhm joined the band. Rolling Stone debuted a performance video of “Run To Heaven;” check it out here. Additionally, the Stringdusters were invited to back Ryan Adams at both the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and the Newport Folk Festival, where, with Nicki Bluhm, they all jammed a cover of Dio’s “Holy Diver” (watch it here) and again for a performance of Adams’ classic “Oh My Sweet Carolina” on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” Watch here. Another 2016 milestone was sharing the stage with Grateful Dead’s Phil Lesh as part of his Phil & Friends set at the Lockn’ Festival, where they jammed with Anders Osborne, Joe Russo, Phish’s Jon Fishman and Page McConnell as well as Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi.
With no signs of slowing, 2017 is on track to be their busiest year yet. THE INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERS kicked off their “Laws Of Gravity” national headlining tour last night in Raleigh, North Carolina and will take the stage tonight in Asheville, North Carolina. The extensive tour will keep the band out on the road through April and will include several festival appearances including Gem & Jam Festival, Winter WonderGrass and the Treefort Music Festival, as well as Mountain Jam, Electric Forest, and others to be announced.
The Laws Of Gravity Tour will come to San Francisco on Friday, Feb. 17 at The Fillmore.