Although Nashville's Infamous Stringdusters are relatively young, having released their first album in 2007, they quickly made an impact, picking up IBMA awards for album, song, and emerging artist of the year. The septet's picking prowess and classic bluegrass instrumentation put the Dusters firmly in the string-band realm, but they harbor grander ambitions that are beginning to blossom on their third album, Things That Fly, due out this week. While many young string bands gravitate to jamgrass's free-flowing improvisations, the Dusters have opted in the direction of solid songcraft, polished arrangements, and stylish production, all without compromising the organic core. Things' instrumentation is expanded to include organ and viola, while a trio of guests—Dierks Bentley, Aoife O'Donovan, Sarah Siskind—add to the richness of the vocals while studiously avoiding bluegrass's classic high, lonesome sound. And the songs take off from their string-band cover of U2's "In God's Country," with similarly expansive anthems probing grand concepts, such as "Those Who've Gone On" and "Love One Another." All ages.
Thu., April 22, 7 p.m., 2010