‘Catch of the Day’ – The Infamous Stringdusters – “Gravity” [VIDEO]
Today our featured artists for Unsigned/Indy Artist Thursday are a group that have hit the top of the Billboard Bluegrass Album chart with their self-titled 2008 album, their second. They have released released 8 albums in total, including their most recent, in January of this year.
In 2007, Boston band The Infamous Stringdusters broke onto the bluegrass scene with their debut album Fork In The Road. The album showed a complex yet distinctive approach to bluegrass music, and won the band three awards at the 2007 International Bluegrass Association Awards: Emerging Artist of the Year, Album of the Year and Song of the Year for the album's title track. It was a long road to success for a group that was formed in Boston by three classmates from the Berklee College of Music, Chris Pandolfi, Andy Hall and Chris Eldridge.
In 2005 the trio headed to Nashville, adding Jesse Cobb, Travis Book and Jeremy Garrett along the way. This quintet quickly became known for their the structure of their live performances and an uncanny ability to improvise within that tight structure, drawing the attention of Sugar Hill Records. The label signed the group in late 2006, immediately sending them into the studio to produce their debut album. After the album was complete, founding member and guitarist Chris Eldridge left and was replaced by guitarist Andy Falco.
The group released their next two albums 2008's Infamous Stringdusters and 2010's Things That Fly with Sugar Hill. The self-titled album topped the Billboard Bluegrass Albums chart and even made it onto the Country Albums chart, peaking at #62. Things That Fly would peak at #2 on the Bluegrass Albums chart, and would be described as "the perfect example of the band's ever evolving sound" by Billboard Magazine.
After the third album changes came to the Stringbusters. They would sign with a smaller label, High Country Recordings and just days before the release of the group's 4th album, when mandolin player Jesse Cobb left the group citing mental and physical stress. That 4th album, the live album We'll Do It Live, was released in October of 2011, and featured performance from four concerts. The album failed to make it onto any of the charts.
2 more albums for High Country would follow, 2012's Silver Sky and 2014's Let It Go, with both albums peaking at #2 on the Bluegrass Albums chart. Silver Sky was funded by a pledge drive promising dedications and memorabilia in exchange for donations. After the release of Let It Go, the band signed with Compass Records, and for their first release, they came up with an incredible concept: the band backed singers such as LeeAnn Womack, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Joss Stone and Joan Osborne for the album.
In January of this year, the Stringdusters released their latest album Laws of Gravity, and we have the lead single from the album in our spotlight today. Brought to you by All American Super Car Wash, the Infamous Stringdusters and "Gravity" is our Unsigned/Indy Artist Thursday Catch of the Day, new music you haven't heard, but you're gonna want to hear it again.
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