The Infamous Stringdusters
Jan 12, 2013 at 8:00 PM
VIP ticket includes admission to view the show from the balcony while enjoying delicious food and drinks. Your ticket is for both the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation Pre Party event at 7pm and the show at 9pm.
The Infamous Stringdusters are doing something right: earning critical acclaim, awards, and nominations aplenty; hosting their own successful music festival; forging their own record label, High Country Recordings; and quickly growing and enthusiastic fan base across the country. They sound like no one else, combining virtuosic chops on five traditional bluegrass instruments, with an ethos of pushing the genre forward. The Stringdusters' live show takes improvised string band music to new places, combining musicianship and songwriting with experimental performance and contagious energy flowing between the band and crowd.
The Honeycutters are an original country roots band from Asheville, North Carolina. Since 2007 when the group formed, they have been playing music that is consistently as catchy as it is heartfelt. In 2011, 2012, and 2013 they were voted WNC's favorite Americana band in the Mountain Xpress reader's poll. Organically grown around the songs of lead singer Amanda Anne Platt, the band has gained an audience that has stretched far beyond their mountain home to include all corners of the United States.
Their most recent release, When Bitter Met Sweet (2012), hit #23 on the Americana radio chart, and landed at #94 for the year. It was also one of the top ten best-selling albums at MerleFest in 2012. The record came in at #4 in WNCW's listener voted top 100, and #2 in the regional favorites (right behind The Avett Brothers).
Their first full length studio release Irene (May '09) was recorded at Asheville's own CollapseAble Studio, and mixed by Grammy Award winning sound engineer David Fergason (Nashville TN) . The album has garnered radio support across the USA as well as overseas, and landed The Honeycutters in Iaan Hughes' (No Depression Podcast) top twenty of 2009, Fret Knot Radio Hour's "Nine to Know from '09", and as number 32 in WNCW's listener voted top 100.
Amanda Anne Platt has been hailed as "one of the best songwriters coming out of WNC (Western North Carolina) these days" by WNCW music director Martin Anderson; and her voice has been described as "perfectly unadorned" and "recklessly beautiful." Amanda’s song, "Little Bird," won second place in the general category at MerleFest’s Chris Austin Songwriting contest in 2011 as well as taking home the grand prize in the Great Lakes Songwriting Contest that same year. Her lyrics are as catchy and as real as her melodies. Dane Smith of Asheville NC's Mountain Xpress writes "Her songs make you sad...in a good way!" In both her simple composition and honest delivery it's easy to hear the inspiration of country legends such as Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, or Loretta Lynn. Amanda grew up with the sounds of classic country, listening to her father's extensive record collection on Saturday mornings. Despite her love for the style, she cites Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty as having a huge effect on her musicially, yet her original style carries a wit and an edge that plants her firmly in her generation.
The band is frequently mentioned along with the movement to "take country music back to its roots." The Honeycutters are just doing what they know how to do: make music that feels as good to hear as it does to play. Their original brand of Americana has proven equally appealing to both the musician and the music lover; in the country and in the city; and to this generation and to older generations.
Rounding out The Honeycutters is Tal Taylor on mandolin, Rick Cooper on bass, and Josh Milligan on drums, giving Platt's songs a sound that carries just as well across the bar room as in a church or a theater.
Since the release of their first album, The Honeycutters have shared the stage with such Americana giants as Guy Clark, Tony Rice, The Seldom Scene, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Donna The Buffalo, Jill Andrews, and The Steep Canyon Rangers. They have delighted audiences from the state of New York to Seattle, Washington. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, The Honeycutters are currently working on their third studio album, slated for release in 2014. more >>>
Fresh off a filming for PBS’s Bluegrass Underground (the episode will air in Fall 2013), The Infamous Stringdusters’ elaborate live show is anything but traditional. As the New York Times recently reviewed, “[The Infamous Stringdusters’] toe-tapping rhythms, torrents of 16th notes and the contours of Appalachian melodies are their clear foundations. But genre doesn’t hold them back…What sounds casual and good-timey…is intricately plotted and arranged, attentive to the textures of each voice and string. The Infamous Stringdusters don’t leave bluegrass behind; they’re stretching it from within.”
The Infamous Stringdusters’ constant, relentless, revelatory musical evolution is on display throughout the band’s new double disc release Silver Sky-Deluxe Edition. Working with hip-hop producer Billy Hume (Ludacris, Nas) – Silver Sky finds The Infamous Stringdusters’ powerful rhythms and vocal melodies at the forefront of the music. Paired with We’ll Do It Live – a seamless live recording culled from four epic 2011 performances - Silver Sky-Deluxe Edition eloquently demonstrates a band whose artistic voice has fully emerged, and offers a riveting glimpse of just how, and where, The Infamous Stringdusters are leading the bluegrass revolution. more >>>
Ticket sales ended Jan 13, 2013 2:00 AM. Additional tickets may be available at the box office.