In the News:
The Infamous Stringdusters and Elephant Revivial (co-billed)
Media & Venue Contact: Julia Wentworth December 28, 2011
Office Phone: 970.728.6363 x3
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Infamous Stringdusters
and Elephant Revival (co-billed)
Bluegrass & Indie Acoustic
Fri. & Sat., January 13 & 14, 2012 (9pm)
Sheridan Opera House, Telluride, CO
Telluride, CO - The Sheridan Arts Foundation presents The Infamous Stringdusters and Elephant Revival, co-headlining for two nights on the historic Sheridan Opera House (110 North Oak St., Telluride, Colorado). The shows take place at 9pm on Friday and Saturday, January 13th and 14th, 2012, with Elephant Revival playing the second set on Friday and The Infamous Stringdusters playing the second set on Saturday. Tickets are $20 for General Admission (both standing and seated), all ages welcome. Tickets can be purchased online at www.sheridanoperahouse.com or by calling the Sheridan Opera House box office at 970.728.6363 x5, open M-F, 9am -5pm.
Elephant Revival, an indie acoustic quintet from Nederland Colorado, reveals hidden treasures deep within a vast repertoire of original material. In one show, the quintet can be seen delving into original folk pieces in the realm of traditional ballads, Scottish/Celtic fiddle tunes, psychedelic old-time, indie rock, rustic Americana, world beat, 40s/50s jazz and an occasional hip-hop feel, amongst other styles.
Break in the Clouds is the band’s second studio album and will be released on Ruff Shod/Nettwerk Records this June. The new album expands upon the group’s multi–genre musical approach, threading together dynamic instrumentation and a diverse rhythmic sound while exploring the depths of all five of the groups’ gifted songwriters.
In response to the release, Boulder Weekly entertainment writer Dave Kirby enthused, “The album brims with poised folk ballads, modern Celtic fiddle dirges, hints of blues and Appalachia…coaxing the spirit but slyly avoiding climbing fully into each form’s body.” Moreover, Chicago Sun Times heralds, “The melodic, finely tuned songs are a tribute to the collaborative songwriting talents of each band member.”
The quintet consists of Bonnie Paine (vocals, washboard, djembe, musical saw), Sage Cook (electric banjo/guitar, acoustic guitar, mandolin, viola, vocals), Dango Rose (double-bass, mandolin, banjo, vocals), Daniel Rodriguez (acoustic guitar, electric banjo/guitar vocals) and Bridget Law (fiddle and vocals).
Individually and collectively the band members have performed with some of the most prolific performers of our time including Little Feat, Michael Franti & Spearhead, The Avett Brothers, Railroad Earth, Leftover Salmon, Yonder Mountain String Band, Bela Fleck, John Paul Jones, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic and State Radio, among many others.
Elaborating on Elephant Revival’s live shows, independent film director Mike Eberle explains, “When I hear Elephant Revival I am struck by my inability to define it. I am forced to confront the music as it is, connecting to it with a virgin spirit of mind. Consequently it feels like I am experiencing music and all its joys for the very first time.”
Elephant Revival carries a fresh sense of creativity and inspiration that is felt by people of every generation. Musically and collaboratively the quintet is inspired to spread a message of sustainability while nurturing an awareness of positive change through the pure light intention of their music.
The Infamous Stringdusters
The Infamous Stringdusters are doing something right. They’ve earned critical acclaim, from their inception, awards and nominations aplenty, their own successful music festival, their own record label and a quickly growing and enthusiastic fan base across the country. All achieved by simple word of mouth, no fancy marketing plan, just plain, hard work, touring hard, and the hard playing of five stellar musicians. This effort has put them on a trajectory as quite possibly the fastest growing acoustic band in America.
A collective of five musicians who each left successful slots in various touring bands, the Stringdusters, are essentially a supergroup. The band’s members hold tenures alongside luminaries like Dolly Parton, Earl Scruggs, Levon Helm, and the Emmitt-Nershi Band, to name a few. But the members of The Infamous Stringdusters felt a kindred spirit, and formed simply to play Stringduster music. They sound like no one else, combining virtuosic chops on traditional bluegrass instruments, with an ethos on pushing the genre forward.
Having toured the country with their collective pasts, playing every bluegrass festival, folk club and acoustic listening room there is, the band is extremely well versed in the history of the music. They do not seek to shun bluegrass, but expand on the possibilities set forth by Flatt & Scruggs, John Hartford, and Bill Monroe. It’s a musical style they’ve dubbed High Country. “We play ‘high country’ music,” says bass player Travis Book, “more than bluegrass, not quite country, always progressive and energetic. High Country is our genre, as much as it’s our mindset and the name of our new label.” The High Country mindset also comes in to play beyond the music, as the bandmembers take any chance they can to explore the mountains they traverse on their annual Ski Tour and cast lines into rivers surrounding their festival appearances.
Spend any time with the Stringdusters and you’ll quickly see the collective pot boiling over with creativity. You have strong songwriters in each band member, plus guitarist Andy Falco who, when not flatpicking his Collings, can be found shredding electric guitar in Joss Stone’s band, banjo player Chris Pandolfi who was the first ever principle on the instrument at Berklee, and a dobro player-extraordinaire in Andy Hall, an IBMA award winner who is consistently named one of the top players on his instrument.
This combination is perfectly showcased on the band’s latest release We’ll Do It Live (yes, titled after the ridiculous Bill O’Reilly clip). Their fourth album, and first proper live record, features 13 fan favorites honed from near-constant touring—captured here in concerts at New York’s Bowery Ballroom, plus stops in Burlington, Vermont, Washington, DC, and their adopted hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia. The Stringdusters are taking improvised string band music to new places, combining musicianship, songwriting and experimental performance. The album features new versions of old songs, B-sides and brand new music, all
with the unique energy of the band and its fans, together in some of the country's best venues. We’ll Do It Live is the first release on the Stringdusters own High Country Recordings. After three albums on venerable bluegrass label Sugar Hill, the band is following their vision of creative freedom for their own music, and already at work on a new album for 2012.
Tickets: www.sheridanoperahouse.com or 970.728.6363 x5 (M - F, 9am – 5pm)