The Infamous Stringdusters (from the album Rise Sun available on Tape Time Records)
Bluegrass as a genre has been on the move for a few years, honoring tradition and cultivating a change in style. The Infamous Stringdusters have been in the lead with a handful of other string bands pushing the enveloping and developing a different sound from plucks, picks, and strums on their instruments. Rise Sun, the recent release from The Infamous Stringdusters, harnesses the same sonic force that band has used as a fifth member on previous recordings and in their live set. In addition to challenging their own abilities, The Infamous Stringdusters present Rise Sun as a unique experience, its collection of songs finding a positive outlook and good feelings to be their common thread. The title track opens the recording with handclaps, frenetic banjo notes, and a rapid-fire lyric flow that calls the dawn into action as Rise Sunstiches a musical groove line to form “Planets” and raises a twang-filled ruckus to “Wake the Dead” while The Infamous Stringdusters become one as the heartbeat in “Truth and Love”.
Optimism shines in the light of Rise Sun, The Infamous Stringdusters fueling the atmosphere of the album with joy and hopeful aspirations. The intention of the band going in to record matches the outcome, The Infamous Stringdusters’ Andy Hall recalling ‘Rise Sun was sparked by the feeling of wanting something better for the world—more love, more awareness, and more compassion. It’s a message of taking care of each other, our planet, and our selves. We all shared this feeling as evidenced by the songs we brought to the project. It’s the feeling of a rising sun as opposed to a dark night. Sometimes a message of hope is less popular than one of despair, but it’s much-needed nevertheless’. Rise Sun picks up the pace to make through “Another Night” and slows to offer solace to souls “Somewhere in Between” while The Infamous Stringdusters embrace nature and use its lessons as a DIY-guide to our own lives in “Thunder”, viewing life as a glass half-full in “Last of the Lucky Ones”.
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