New Bluegrass: The Infamous Stringdusters — ‘A Tribute to Flatt & Scruggs’

The Infamous Stringdusters have released another tribute album — this time honoring bluegrass legends Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs. This album is not The Infamous Stringdusters’ first effort honoring their musical forefathers. The group — Travis Book (bass), Andy Falco (guitar), Jeremy Garrett (fiddle), Andy Hall (Dobro), and Chris Pandolfi (banjo) — received a Grammy nomination for their solid 2021 album 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, is Flatt & Scruggs. They’re legendary and without Earl’s banjo, bluegrass just doesn’t exist the way we know it today” – Travis Book (bass player, The Infamous Stringdusters)

On this tribute, they have mastered the easy casting of the Flatt & Scruggs musical line, and captured the natural ricochet inherent in the music’s pairing with the lyric. The Infamous Stringdusters clearly understand that without Earl’s banjo, bluegrass wouldn’t exist the way it does today. They get it.

A Tribute to Flatt & Scruggs—the band’s 13th full-length album—will be released on April 21st via their Americana Vibes label. When it does, play track 6 first — “Down the Road.” It’s as pure as the Flatt & Scruggs brand of bluegrass gets.

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