The Infamous Stringdusters received their first ever Grammy nomination for their song “Magic #9″ in the Best Country Instrumental Performance category. It’s probably safe to say that this live session features the best musicians we’ve ever had in the studio.
For those unfamiliar with the band, they hail from Nashville and include session musicians who have worked with the likes of Earl Scruggs, Dolly Parton, Drew Emmit, Levon Helm, Jim Lauderdale and others. Their albums prove that they are no stranger to the Nashville scene, balancing expert technical musicianship with polished production.
Their third album on Sugar Hill Records is called Things That Fly, a body of work that appeals to both old school bluegrass enthusiasts and more progressive music fans, aided by their re-arranged U2 cover, “In God’s Country.” They play acoustic music with such fervor that it’s mesmerizing.
And I know we shower Steve Shirk with accolades in most session write-ups, but dear God. This does not sound like a 5-piece band standing in a circle in one room. Kudos to the band and Shirk Music + Sound. I’m mesmerized by “Magic #9.” I don’t write music, but I can’t imagine that’s an easy song to write, arrange, or perform. Have a listen and root for ‘em on Sunday at the Grammy Awards!
The Infamous Stringdusters – Rain (Live at Shirk Music + Sound)
The Infamous Stringdusters – Magic #9 (Live at Shirk Music + Sound)