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Sheridan Opera House: Two Nights of the Infamous Stringdusters

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 23, 2014

Media Contact:

Kathrine Warren

Sheridan Arts Foundation PR/Marketing Director

kathrine@sheridanoperahouse.com

970.728.6363 ext. 3

 

Two nights of the Infamous Stringdusters

February, 20 and 21, 2014, 8:30 p.m., $25 general admission

Sheridan Opera House, Telluride, Colo.

 

The Sheridan Arts Foundation presents two nights of high-octane bluegrass with the Infamous Stringdusters live in concert at the Sheridan Opera House, Thursday, February 20 and Friday, February 21, 2014. Tickets are $25 general admission. They’ll be joined by opening support, the Deadly Gentlemen. The seats will be out and this show is all ages. 

 

Dismiss labels. Forget trying to fit into a scene. Just relax and play your songs. 

 

That encompasses the prevailing spirit of Let It Go, the fifth studio album from Grammy-nominated bluegrass expansionists The Infamous Stringdusters. The new effort, released April 1 on the band’s own High Country Recordings, finds the band on firm footing, at ease with an evolving sound that defies categorization. It’s acoustic music, sure, but not the kind you’ll hear from any other band. Roots can be traced but boundaries don’t exist.  

 

The Infamous Stringdusters have proven they can both mine the past and look forward to the unknown, and the group’s new album is a touchstone for a group of tightly bonded musicians completely comfortable with each other and in their collective identity.

 

Perhaps the sentiment is best summarized through five joined voices in the mountaintop gospel-hued title track: “If it’s worry you’ve been feeling over things you can’t control, it’s time to let it go.”

 

When The Infamous Stringdusters first emerged eight years ago, the band was immediately branded fast-picking Nashville wunderkinds, a new-generation super group built to revive the high lonesome sound. Then came immediate accolades—IBMA awards, a chart-topping self-titled album for Sugar Hill Records and a Grammy nomination for “Best Country Instrumental” (for "Magic No. 9" from the 2010 album Things That Fly). Incendiary chops, complete with undeniable instrumental virtuosity and heartfelt harmonies, immediately positioned the band to be longstanding bluegrass torchbearers.

 

But for the five members of The Stringdusters— Andy Hall (Dobro), Andy Falco (guitar), Chris Pandolfi (banjo), Jeremy Garrett (fiddle) and Travis Book (upright bass)—reverence for traditionalism has always been only part of the equation. The group has always remained intent on fostering something bigger, more original. It’s this desire—and the combined efforts of uniquely creative minds—that has brought the quintet to its current place as multi-dimensional string explorers, mixing tight song craft from a variety of Americana styles and an improvisational spirit. Armed with an exhilarating, often-unpredictable live show, the open-minded approach has certainly resonated and allowed the band to easily fit on a diverse set of stages—from Telluride and Grey Fox to Bonnaroo and High Sierra—along the way building crowds across the country that fill large rock clubs. 

 

The past year was particularly transformative, as the band members realized there was no need to go through the formulaic motions in a shaky music industry. Bolstered by the support of a loyal and dedicated grassroots fan base, The Infamous Stringdusters are constantly looking for opportunities to create new experiences. Oftentimes it happens on stage, like the recent sit-ins from Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh or jazz guitar legend John Scofield. Other times it’s through accompanying adventures, like the band’s August 2013 trip on the Middle Fork of Idaho’s Salmon River. 

 

Following the group’s 2013 summer American Rivers Tour, which doubled as an awareness campaign for water sustainability issues in partnership with prominent outdoor industry companies including Patagonia, Klean Kanteen and Osprey Packs, the band members and select fans and friends embarked on a six-day float trip through an unspoiled wilderness area. With instruments in tow, the band played music daily, standing on the banks of the river or sitting together in campsite circles. The inspiration of natural surroundings yielded fresh songs that landed on the new album. “Middlefork” is a Pandolfi-composed newgrass instrumental that conveys the mood of being free in pristine open spaces. Garrett’s “Where The Rivers Run Cold” features a fast progression and introspective lyrics that peak with a bold chorus about enjoying the beauty that surrounds. 

 

In February, The Infamous Stringdusters will once again traverse the winding highways of the Mountain West to visit some of the band’s favorite resort towns on its sixth annual Ski Tour. Members of Grammy-nominated bluegrass expansionists are excited to hit the slopes by day and deliver exciting, high-energy shows by night. With stops in Montana, Wyoming, Utah and eight shows throughout Colorado, the tour promises to be full of endless adventures—epic downhill thrills under sunlight and boundless acoustic string jams under stage lights. 

 

The highly anticipated jaunt, highlighted by two-night stands in Jackson, Ft. Collins, Aspen and Telluride—will continue the band’s partnership with Oskar Blues Brewery to support ongoing relief efforts from severe flooding that devastated parts of the Colorado Front Range last fall. On the Ski Tour proceeds from each ticket sold will be donated to Oskar Blues CAN’d Aid Foundation, which directly raises funds for flood victims in Lyons and Longmont, CO. One dollar from every ticket sold along the tour will go directly to CAN’d Aid Foundation. The tour will also be supported by Osprey Packs, Madden Equipment and Icelantic Skis. 

 

Colorado is a special place for The Stringdusters. Bassist Travis Book grew up in Palmer Lake, and the state is now home for banjo player Chris Pandolfi and dobro player Andy Hall, who resides in Lyons, where many parts of town were completely destroyed. 

 

As part of the flood relief efforts The Stringdusters are also donating all proceeds from sales of their recently released EP Road to Boulder. The effort’s title track was written by Hall about his move to Colorado and features accordion from special guest Bruce Hornsby. 

 

Tickets for the Stringdusters’ stop in Telluride are $25 general admission (plus a nominal ticketing fee) and available for sale online at SheridanOperaHouse.com or by calling 970-728-6363 ext. 5. 

 

Tickets and additional event information are available at sheridanoperahouse.com or 970.728.6363 x5.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Sheridan Arts Foundation was founded in 1991 as a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization to preserve the historic Sheridan Opera House as an arts and cultural resource for the Telluride community, to bring quality arts and cultural events to Telluride and to provide local and national youth with access and exposure to the arts through education. The Sheridan Arts Foundation is sponsored in part by grants from the Telluride Foundation and CCAASE.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 23, 2014

Media Contact:

Kathrine Warren

Sheridan Arts Foundation PR/Marketing Director

kathrine@sheridanoperahouse.com

970.728.6363 ext. 3

 

Two nights of the Infamous Stringdusters

February, 20 and 21, 2014, 8:30 p.m., $25 general admission

Sheridan Opera House, Telluride, Colo.

 

The Sheridan Arts Foundation presents two nights of high-octane bluegrass with the Infamous Stringdusters live in concert at the Sheridan Opera House, Thursday, February 20 and Friday, February 21, 2014. Tickets are $25 general admission. They’ll be joined by opening support, the Deadly Gentlemen. The seats will be out and this show is all ages. 

 

Dismiss labels. Forget trying to fit into a scene. Just relax and play your songs. 

 

That encompasses the prevailing spirit of Let It Go, the fifth studio album from Grammy-nominated bluegrass expansionists The Infamous Stringdusters. The new effort, released April 1 on the band’s own High Country Recordings, finds the band on firm footing, at ease with an evolving sound that defies categorization. It’s acoustic music, sure, but not the kind you’ll hear from any other band. Roots can be traced but boundaries don’t exist.  

 

The Infamous Stringdusters have proven they can both mine the past and look forward to the unknown, and the group’s new album is a touchstone for a group of tightly bonded musicians completely comfortable with each other and in their collective identity.

 

Perhaps the sentiment is best summarized through five joined voices in the mountaintop gospel-hued title track: “If it’s worry you’ve been feeling over things you can’t control, it’s time to let it go.”

 

When The Infamous Stringdusters first emerged eight years ago, the band was immediately branded fast-picking Nashville wunderkinds, a new-generation super group built to revive the high lonesome sound. Then came immediate accolades—IBMA awards, a chart-topping self-titled album for Sugar Hill Records and a Grammy nomination for “Best Country Instrumental” (for "Magic No. 9" from the 2010 album Things That Fly). Incendiary chops, complete with undeniable instrumental virtuosity and heartfelt harmonies, immediately positioned the band to be longstanding bluegrass torchbearers.

 

But for the five members of The Stringdusters— Andy Hall (Dobro), Andy Falco (guitar), Chris Pandolfi (banjo), Jeremy Garrett (fiddle) and Travis Book (upright bass)—reverence for traditionalism has always been only part of the equation. The group has always remained intent on fostering something bigger, more original. It’s this desire—and the combined efforts of uniquely creative minds—that has brought the quintet to its current place as multi-dimensional string explorers, mixing tight song craft from a variety of Americana styles and an improvisational spirit. Armed with an exhilarating, often-unpredictable live show, the open-minded approach has certainly resonated and allowed the band to easily fit on a diverse set of stages—from Telluride and Grey Fox to Bonnaroo and High Sierra—along the way building crowds across the country that fill large rock clubs. 

 

The past year was particularly transformative, as the band members realized there was no need to go through the formulaic motions in a shaky music industry. Bolstered by the support of a loyal and dedicated grassroots fan base, The Infamous Stringdusters are constantly looking for opportunities to create new experiences. Oftentimes it happens on stage, like the recent sit-ins from Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh or jazz guitar legend John Scofield. Other times it’s through accompanying adventures, like the band’s August 2013 trip on the Middle Fork of Idaho’s Salmon River. 

 

Following the group’s 2013 summer American Rivers Tour, which doubled as an awareness campaign for water sustainability issues in partnership with prominent outdoor industry companies including Patagonia, Klean Kanteen and Osprey Packs, the band members and select fans and friends embarked on a six-day float trip through an unspoiled wilderness area. With instruments in tow, the band played music daily, standing on the banks of the river or sitting together in campsite circles. The inspiration of natural surroundings yielded fresh songs that landed on the new album. “Middlefork” is a Pandolfi-composed newgrass instrumental that conveys the mood of being free in pristine open spaces. Garrett’s “Where The Rivers Run Cold” features a fast progression and introspective lyrics that peak with a bold chorus about enjoying the beauty that surrounds. 

 

In February, The Infamous Stringdusters will once again traverse the winding highways of the Mountain West to visit some of the band’s favorite resort towns on its sixth annual Ski Tour. Members of Grammy-nominated bluegrass expansionists are excited to hit the slopes by day and deliver exciting, high-energy shows by night. With stops in Montana, Wyoming, Utah and eight shows throughout Colorado, the tour promises to be full of endless adventures—epic downhill thrills under sunlight and boundless acoustic string jams under stage lights. 

 

The highly anticipated jaunt, highlighted by two-night stands in Jackson, Ft. Collins, Aspen and Telluride—will continue the band’s partnership with Oskar Blues Brewery to support ongoing relief efforts from severe flooding that devastated parts of the Colorado Front Range last fall. On the Ski Tour proceeds from each ticket sold will be donated to Oskar Blues CAN’d Aid Foundation, which directly raises funds for flood victims in Lyons and Longmont, CO. One dollar from every ticket sold along the tour will go directly to CAN’d Aid Foundation. The tour will also be supported by Osprey Packs, Madden Equipment and Icelantic Skis. 

 

Colorado is a special place for The Stringdusters. Bassist Travis Book grew up in Palmer Lake, and the state is now home for banjo player Chris Pandolfi and dobro player Andy Hall, who resides in Lyons, where many parts of town were completely destroyed. 

 

As part of the flood relief efforts The Stringdusters are also donating all proceeds from sales of their recently released EP Road to Boulder. The effort’s title track was written by Hall about his move to Colorado and features accordion from special guest Bruce Hornsby. 

 

Tickets for the Stringdusters’ stop in Telluride are $25 general admission (plus a nominal ticketing fee) and available for sale online at SheridanOperaHouse.com or by calling 970-728-6363 ext. 5. 

 

Tickets and additional event information are available at sheridanoperahouse.com or 970.728.6363 x5.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Sheridan Arts Foundation was founded in 1991 as a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization to preserve the historic Sheridan Opera House as an arts and cultural resource for the Telluride community, to bring quality arts and cultural events to Telluride and to provide local and national youth with access and exposure to the arts through education. The Sheridan Arts Foundation is sponsored in part by grants from the Telluride Foundation and CCAASE.