Though often associated with the likes of Yonder Mountain String Band and the Old Crow Medicine Show, the Infamous Stringdusters keep their keen eyes and ears on the prize of classic bluegrass. Following the innovative but tradition-grounded sound of J.D. Crowe and the New South and the Del McCoury Band, the Nashville-based upstarts have only been playing together for some five years, though they've cut three albums for Sugar Hill in that time, and racked up a number of International Bluegrass Music Association awards.
For this Live at KDHX session the band's strong songwriting, spotless sense of melody, precise harmonies and improvisational chops take center stage, with some rolling and tumbling banjo runs by Chris Pandolfi, jaw-jolting dobro and mandolin licks from Andy Hall and fiddle breaks from Jeremy Garrett, who plays like the devil who went down to Georgia and, this time, won hands down.
All photos by Kelsey McClure. See more at her Flickr stream.