The Infamous Stringdusters Honor More Of Their Heroes With New Album
A Tribute To Flatt & Scruggs
Out today; Their 2021 album, A Tribute To Bill Monroe, earned the group a GRAMMY nom for Best Bluegrass Album; Tour continues tonight in Crystal Bay, NV
Denver, CO – April 21, 2023 – Hot on the heels of yet another GRAMMY nomination—this time for their latest LP, Toward The Fray—prolific bluegrass quintet the Infamous Stringdusters are revisiting the forefathers of the genre with their brand new album, A Tribute To Flatt & Scruggs; in a way not too distant from their GRAMMY-nominated A Tribute to Bill Monroe. “The concept of paying tribute to the Grandfathers or originators of Bluegrass is one we bounced around for a while and after Bill Monroe, the most logical, I think any bluegrass musician would agree, are Flatt & Scruggs,” says Stringdusters bassist Travis Book. “They’re legendary; without Earl’s banjo, bluegrass just doesn’t exist as we know it today.” And just like the bluegrass pioneers they’re paying tribute to, the band gathered in the studio and pressed record; all together, all at once.
Today, the Stringdusters released the six-song collection of their favorite tunes from Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs’s catalog on their own record label, Americana Vibes, to the delight of fans and critics alike. A Tribute To Flatt & Scruggs can be streamed or purchased in its entirety at this link. Limited color vinyl and more Flatt & Scruggs-centric merch can be found right here.
A Tribute To Flatt & Scruggs In The News:
Banjo player Chris Pandolfi spoke with Jim Beaugez for Garden & Gun about the importance of introducing newer bluegrass fans to Flatt & Scruggs’ legacy.
Nancy Posey reviewed the album for No Depression, writing, “This tribute is far more than a cover album; instead, the Stringdusters pay respectful homage while reminding music lovers just what they can do with classic bluegrass.”
Goldmine Magazine got into exactly what it means for a younger band to be paying tribute to the legends, calling the album “A water-tight collection of music that carefully delivers an homage that is intended to celebrate the material as much as it is intended to broaden its reach to younger listeners.”
JamBase spotlighted the album in today’s New Release alert.
A Tribute To Flatt & Scruggs Tracklist:
1. I’d Rather Be Alone
2. Will You Be Lonesome
3. Blue Ridge Cabin Home
4. Earl’s Breakdown
5. Cabin on the Hill
6. Down the Road
The Stringdusters are in the middle of their 2023 Spring tour with the second of two shows in Crystal Bay, Nevada, taking place tonight. The rest of the Stringdusters’ schedule finds the band hitting festival-season staples like Telluride Bluegrass, ROMP Fest, High Sierra, and more throughout the summer. For a full list of tour dates and ticket information, please see below or visit thestringdusters.com/tour.
Catch The Infamous Stringdusters On Tour:
4/20 – Crystal Bay, NV – Crystal Bay Casino Crown Room
4/21 – Crystal Bay, NV – Crystal Bay Casino Crown Room
4/22 – Felton, CA – Felton Music Hall
4/23 – Mill Valley, CA – Sweetwater Music Hall
5/5-6 – Baltimore, MD – Charm City Bluegrass Festival
5/19-20 – Clive, IA – Greenbelt Music Festival
5/25-28 – Cumberland, MD – DelFest
5/26-29 – Greenfield, MA – Strange Creek Campout
6/1-3 – Oak Hill, WV – Mountain Music Festival
6/15-18 – Telluride, CO – Telluride Bluegrass Festival
6/21-24 – Owensboro, KY – ROMP Fest
6/22-24 – Eau Claire, WI – Blue Ox Festival
6/22-24 – Caneadea, NY – Estival Festival
6/29-7/2 – Quincy, CA – High Sierra Music Festival
7/12-7/16 – Durham, NY – Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival
7/15 – Charleston, SC – The Refinery
7/21-23 – Redmond, OR – Fairwell Festival
8/4 – Bellvue, CO – The Mishawaka
8/5 – Dillon, CO – Dillon Amphitheater
8/6 – South Fork, CO – Rhythms on the Rio
8/11 – Alta, WY – Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival
8/12-13 – Livingston, MT – Pine Creek Lodge
9/1 – Mill Springs, NC – Earl Scruggs Music Festival
9/2 – Brunswick, ME – Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Festival
9/15-17 – East Aurora, NY – Borderland Music Festival
10/8 – Monterey, CA – Rebels & Renegades Music Festival
10/6-8 – Pelham, TN – Cave Fest
12/6-10 – Puerto Morelos, Q.R. – Strings & Sol
For a full list of tour dates and ticket information, please visit thestringdusters.com/tour.
More About The Infamous Stringdusters: The Infamous Stringdusters is a progressive acoustic/bluegrass band, that first emerged in 2006, consisting of members Andy Hall (dobro), Chris Pandolfi (banjo), Andy Falco (guitar), Jeremy Garrett (fiddle), and Travis Book (bass). The “Dusters” won three awards at the IBMAs in October 2007 for Emerging Artist of the Year, Album of the Year (for Fork in the Road), and Song of the Year for the album’s title track. The band was also nominated at the IBMAs in 2017 for Entertainer of the Year. In 2011, “Magic No. 9” (from Things That Fly) was nominated for Best Country Instrumental Performance at the 2011 Grammys, while in 2018 the band won the Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album for Laws of Gravity. 2021’s A Tribute to Bill Monroe and 2022’s Toward The Fray earned the band another two Grammy nominations. Their latest project, A Tribute to Flatt & Scruggs, will be released on April 21st, 2023.