Wednesday, September 3, 2014

CD: Infamous Stringdusters - Let it Go

Infamous Stringdusters
Let it Go

I’ll Get Away 4:09 Where the River Runs Cold 3:16Winds of Change 4:50 Rainbows 2:58
Summer Camp 3:32 Middle Fork 3:51By My Side 3:31Colorado 3:29Peace of Mind 3:32
Light & Love 3:57 Let it Go 2:25

Sorry, I haven’t had much time lately. I wound up in the mix of releasing a book, doing some readings, trying to figure out what I am going to teach for a writing fellowship, critiquing short stories, getting prepped for an important conference, publishing some things for the Florida State Poets Association and attempting to build a publishing company. And, I don’t even really work.
This one I completely chose by the name. I looked down my list and this band sounded like the mellowest Americana band that could help me sink into my bed and catch some shut eye to. I’ll Get Away, catches my mood exactly. The nice acoustic free flowing jam really sets that feeling down deep in your soul. It reaches inside you and pulls out those trappings of the daily grind.
Where the River Runs Cold, comes up next; the area where this band originates from I know all too well, so maybe I can picture the lyrics to this one better than most. Even if I didn’t I could picture myself seeing this band live. Winds of Change, really introduces the dobro. It keeps the strength and speed of the album but the dobro really stands out and drives this tune.
All of a sudden, the album slows to almost a pure country. Rainbows, take the vocals deeper and add the dreamer. It brings the album deep into the Americana poetry of songwriting. That skill that draw so many of us to follow this genre, or style of music because seriously it has spread worldwide with great international artists as well.
Normally, I never look up a band until I’ve at least listened to them and come up with a question I needed answered. But, this one I cheated on and that is where I came across the video for, Summer Camp. I really suggest everyone does. I don’t want to spoil it for anyone. In the lyrics the singer reminisces on his fond memories of youth.
Middlefork, is another great display of the dobro. It’s an instrumental that pulls the term into an entirely different class. It takes you into peaks and canyons, tapering peacefully off into that valley.
Light & Love, is a mix of styles unlike anything I’ve ever heard. It’s jam band/country/bluegrass/Americana. I really think if you wanted to give it a term for a genre you would have to make your own one up.
Let it Go, is the title track. Maybe it was chosen for the fiddle or the harmonizing, I thought there were other songs on the album that probably would have held the name of title track better. But, I didn’t write the album, sing the songs, put it together or produce it.
To me this is a must get album. I would love to get to catch a live show of these guys. The mix of banjo, dobro, fiddle and stand up bass must be a sight to overpower the senses. Add that to the rhythm and harmony, and one must feel like they’ve stepped into the pages of a story that has yet to be fully told. 

Jeremy Frost for Country Music News International Magazine 

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