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New Bluegrass: The Infamous Stringdusters’ ‘Ladies and Gentlemen’

The Infamous Stringdusters Ladies and Gentlemen bluegrass

The Infamous Stringdusters — ‘Ladies and Gentlemen’

Label: Compass Records

I’ll take more music from Lee Ann Womack in any form, at any time, thank you very much. Lucky for me, the latest track she’s recorded is on an album full of gems. The collection is titled ‘Ladies and Gentlemen’ and it’s the new album by The Infamous Stringdusters.

The Infamous Stringdusters make their music at the crossroads of bluegrass and what is called “new grass.” The tradition in there in the instruments and instrumentations, in the pulse and the breath, in the intent and the delivery… but when to comes to the entirety of the experience, The Infamous Stringdusters offer a decidedly contemporary bluegrass experience. For their sixth studio album, Ladies & Gentlemen, the band invited a dozen of their favorite female singers to join them. The list of featured guests includes some of the most innovative in Americana and country music: Nicki Bluhm, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Jen Hartswick, Sarah Jarosz, Claire Lynch, Aofie O’Donovan, Joan Osborne, Joss Stone, Sara Watkins, Abigail Washburn, Lee Ann Womack and Celia Woodsmith. Each artist guested on a different original song or tune written by the members of the band specifically for this project.

‘Ladies & Gentlemen’ was produced by Grammy winner Chris Goldsmith. Band members Andy Hall (Dobro), Andy Falco (guitar), Chris Pandolfi (banjo), Jeremy Garrett (fiddle), and Travis Book (upright bass), play alongside the vocalists with the seamless unity of the seasoned bluegrass band that they are. Big harmonies and exploratory compositions, along with the band’s profound commitment to presentation, seem bound to inspire traditionalists and newcomers to stomp their feet on common ground.

What more can one ask for than bluegrass that is full of surprises on every track? Especially if one of those surprises is a new Lee Ann Womack song. Enjoy.

Essential Downloads: “I Believe,” “Won’t Be Long,” “See How Far You’ve Come.”

To preview or purchase this album on iTunes, click here.

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