“We live in a musical world that is heavy on camaraderie and collaboration,” The Infamous Stringdusters’ Chris Pandolfi says. “It’s one of the truly beautiful things about the bluegrass scene.”
As the banjo player explains, The Infamous Stringdusters have taken “full advantage” of that spirit during their winter tour supporting their old friends Greensky Bluegrass— collaborating nightly and even coming together as part of the stray ad hoc super groups Booger Magnolia and Leather Bound on a particularly special night.
The Infamous Stringdusters’ communal spirit is also on full display throughout their new LP, Toward the Fray, which finds the Grammy-winning group looking deeper inward than perhaps ever before. Written during the depths of the global pandemic and in the shadow of George Floyd’s murder, the LP also serves as a musical document of the often tumultuous past two years. Yet, the group still knows how to have fun, as their marathon winter run clearly proves. “Much of the camaraderie between our bands unfolds during the show, but there are also many great moments backstage— learning each other’s music, trying new arrangements and setting the stage for whatever is to come,” Pandolfi says of the Dusters’ recent run with Greensky Bluegrass. “This is the fun part.”
Here, the members of The Infamous Stringdusters offer a glimpse in their lives on and off the stage during their recent celebratory run, along with photos by George Trent Grogan of Mountain Trout Photography.
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