Carbondale concert series to kick up some serious Stringdust |

Carbondale concert series to kick up some serious Stringdust

The Infamous Stringdusters

Carbondale’s Summer of Music Series continues Sunday, July 12, with three-time International Bluegrass Music Association award-winners and Sugar Hill recording artists The Infamous Stringdusters.

The free concert, sponsored by the Carbondale Council on the Arts and Humanities and the town of Carbondale, begins at 6 p.m. in Sopris Park.

The Stringdusters have appeared at many major bluegrass festivals throughout the United States. Though the band is rooted in the traditions of bluegrass, fans can always expect to hear a mix of country, bluegrass and free form improvisations that help make every show a one-of-a-kind experience.

With a solid repertoire of original songs compiled from their two Sugar Hill albums, “Fork in the Road” and last year’s self-titled “The Infamous Stringdusters,” plus new songs and a constantly changing set list the band continues to pick up new fans each stop they make.

According to the band’s website [], The Infamous Stringdusters genesis can be traced back to 2002, when Andy Hall, Chris Pandolfi and original guitarist Chris Eldridge met in Boston.

They knew they had musical chemistry, but their lives were too out of synch to start a band until they all found themselves in Nashville in 2004. By then, Hall had been in the band of acclaimed bluegrass singer and songwriter Ronnie Bowman, where he met Jeremy Garrett and Jesse Cobb.

They searched for the right bass player, who wound up being Travis Book, a product of the Colorado jamgrass scene. The departure of Eldridge in 2007 led to the addition of Andy Falco, whose blues-infused style perfectly complemented the Stringdusters sound. Falco joined the Stringdusters in the late summer, and according to bassist/vocalist Travis Book, “It ended up giving the band a lift I don’t think anybody anticipated. It was almost like the sails finally filled up completely.”

Their latest release was produced by noted Grammy-winning bluegrass musician Tim O’Brien.

The Carbondale Summer of Music Series continues July 19 at 6 p.m. with Bill Powers and the Silvertone Devils, followed by the 38th annual Carbondale Mountain Fair, July 24-26 in Sopris Park.

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