THE INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERS Fork In The Road (Sugar Hill)
The Infamous Stringdusters are a young sextet who coalesced within the seemingly incestuous Nashville bluegrass scene. Dolly Parton says of Fork In The Road, their debut album, I guarantee you will love this CD if you love bluegrass, which is about as gold-plated an endorsement as you could hope for. Their music seems to have a harder, more modern edge to it than much of the contemporary bluegrass I get to hear, although the dextrous fingerpicking and melodic intensity associated with the genre are present in spades. In their hands, melody and rhythm seem to melt seamlessly together, perhaps a product of the fact that their lineup has all six members wielding stringed instruments. Even so, they cant quite force square material into round holes, as a cover of John Mayers 3x5 attests, lacking the melodic warp and weft of their own, purpose-built songs. The bands own compositions peak on the instrumentals No Resolution and Moon Man, where their vapour trails cross just like the Red Arrows.