Summer Stars: The Infamous Stringdusters
“We worked with a brilliant producer/engineer that’s given our music a much thicker and heavier sound—our recordings don’t sound like a few stringed instruments in front of mics,” bassist Travis Book says of The Infamous Stringdusters’ fifth record (and fourth studio release) Silver Sky, released in March. “You can play Silver Sky in a set with Radiohead, Snoop [Dogg] and Phish, and it doesn’t sound weak or out of place.” The self-described “high country” five-piece first came together in 2005 in Nashville, Tenn., but are now based in Charlottesville, Va. The band members have backgrounds in classical, electric and shred guitar, as well as classic rock and electronica. “The more life you experience, the more clear the message becomes. We’re continuing to explore life and observe the world around us,” Book says, also mentioning that the band recently took a field trip to see Pretty Lights perform. “We’re into everything—and everything that gets into our ears gets in our music.” The newgrass group will be heavily touring behind the record throughout the summer, including stops at DelFest, Summer Camp, Wakarusa, Electric Forest and more. The Dusters will also host their own festival in Charlottesville from Oct. 5-7 called The Festy III. In fact, in 2012, the band is most looking forward to “bus touring and festival season,” says Book. “The summer festivals are the best time of the year. We’re outdoors, get to check out other bands, do a lot of beers and soak up the sun.”
Best album for a warm summer night: Neil Young, Harvest Moon
Favorite summer vacation location: Targhee, Wyo.
This one time at a festival: I watched Larry Keel stuff his guitar into a fire mid-solo. I was not hallucinating at the time—it’s well documented.
In honor of Umphrey’s McGee’s return to Summer Camp this weekend, we present the group’s Brendan Bayliss and Jake Cinninger performing this version of “The Pequod” from UM’s Anchor Drops.
Dame shares a song from her new EP Preventions of Heartbreak.
Golden Bloom stopped by Relix to perform a tune from their latest EP No Day Like Today.
The Chapin Sisters share an tune from their new album A Date With the Everly Brothers.
Minneapolis-based Night Moves share a song from their record, Colored Emotions, live at Relix.
Cloud Cult share a song from their latest album live at Relix.
The Giving Tree Band enjoy a spring day on the Relix rooftop, while performing a classic Grateful Dead tune.
Canadian singer-songwriter Hayden performs a duet with his sister-in-law Lou Canon. The song appears on Us Alone his first record on Broken Social Scene’s Arts & Crafts Productions.
The Milk Carton Kids share the first song from their new album, The Ash & Clay.
Here is the new video from Serbian guitar ace Ana Popovic. “Object Of Obsession” appears on her latest album Can You Stand The Heat.
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