IF YOU GO
* What: The Infamous Stringdusters featuring Paper Bird.
* When: 8 p.m. today, Dec. 12.
* Where: Track 29, 1400 Market St.
* Admission: $15.
* Phone: 423-521-2929.
* Website: www.track29.co.
* 2007: “Fork in the Road”
* 2008: “The Infamous Stringdusters”
* 2010: “Things That Fly”
* 2012: “Silver Sky”
* 2014: “Let It Go” [tentative title]
By the time the holiday season arrives, most bands are worn out from a busy fall touring season and are looking for a place to hang their stockings. The Infamous Stringdusters, on the other hand, are gearing up for a busy first half of 2014.
The Colorado-based progressive bluegrass band had its longest touring hiatus ever in October when the musicians went into the studio to work on a fifth studio album, tentatively titled “Let It Go.” They’ve since piled back in the van for their Road to Boulder Tour, which will bring them to Track 29 tonight, Dec. 12, just eight months after playing there in March.
The Road to Boulder ends Saturday, after which the band members will take 12 days to be with their families. Rather than retreat into a prolonged musical hibernation for the winter, however, they plan to be all-guns-blazing in the first months of 2014, says bassist Travis Book.
“Our off-the-road time has come to the end, and with this new record coming up and the annual Ski Tour coming up [in February], we’re really just about to ramp up,” he says. “Chattanooga is an awesome spot. I’m really stoked to get back down there again.”
The Road to Boulder tour holds special significance for the quintet, all of whom are avid outdoorsmen and half of whom live in Colorado. In September, severe floods devastated the area near Boulder, including Lyons, Colo., to which resonator guitarist Andy Hall recently had moved. Book says the roads near Hall’s home were wiped out and he was forced to use an all-terrain vehicle to get around.
A dollar from every ticket purchased during the tour will go to Oskar Blues CAN’d Aid Foundation for flood relief, as will all proceeds from the band’s new EP.
“We felt like this tour … would be a good opportunity to try to raise money and a little awareness that there’s still a lot of work to be done for people to replace their homes,” says Book, who grew up in Colorado. “It was definitely an opportunity for us to channel a little bit of money and attention back into a community that means a lot to us.”
It doesn’t hurt that the band members have been in fighting form lately. After seven years of going through the growing pains most groups experience, The Infamous Stringdusters have finally reached a point of comfort with their sound.
Not that there’s any chance that they’ll become complacent and lose sight of the fierce energy and progressive innovations that earned them a Grammy nod in 2011 for the instrumental “Magic No. 9.”
“We’re a long way from achieving all our goals as a band and a business,” Book says. “That might be an issue in 10 years, but we’ve just now got the bomb packed, and we’re about ready to blow it up.
Contact Casey Phillips at cphillips@timesfree press.com or 423-757-6205. Follow him on Twitter at @PhillipsCTFP.
Casey Phillips has worked as a features reporter in the Life department since May 2007. He writes about entertainment, young adults, technology and people of interest. Casey hails from Knoxville and earned a bachelor of science degree in journalism and a bachelor of arts in German. He previously worked as the features editor for Sidelines at Middle Tennessee State University. Casey received the East Tennessee Society of Professional Journalists Award of Excellence for Reviewing/Criticism in ...