It’s time for the kid to begin her swimming lessons again after taking the summer off, so I’m using the opportunity to stretch out my stiff Achilles and do some light core work. I am racing the Incredouble Triathlon this coming weekend so I am definitely in damage control mode, so it’s easy-does-it this evening. Nothing crazy. Part of that easy-does-it mentality this evening then is my listening to the ‘Things That Fly‘ album by the Infamous Stringdusters.
The Infamous Stringdusters are an acoustic Bluegrass ensemble out of Boston, MA and then later in Nashville, TN. They won three awards at the International Bluegrass Music Association Awards Ceremony in October 2007: Emerging Artist of the Year, Album of the Year for ‘Fork in the Road’ (in a tie with J.D. Crowe & the New South’s album ‘Lefty’s Old Guitar’), and Song of the Year for the album’s title cut. The band was also nominated for 2011 Entertainer of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association. This is their 3rd studio album released in 2010 on the Sugar Hill Records label, two years after I first became aware of them when I happened upon them playing in the hot and dusty Dance Tent at the Greyfox Bluegrass Festival. I was probably three sheets to the wind and higher than kite at the time, but I remember enjoying them immensely.
‘Things That Fly’ has been described as another example of the band’s ever-evolving sound and a showcase of each member’s individual talents through tracks such as ‘All The Same’, ‘Those Who’ve Gone On‘, and ‘The Deputy‘. The album also includes a bluegrass remake of the U2 single ‘In God’s Country‘ and peaked to #2 on Billboard’s Bluegrass chart. The ‘Magic No. 9‘ track was even nominated for a 2011 Grammy award for “Best Country Instrumental. So all accolades aside, it’s a very good album.
Now, hopefully my Achilles likes it too.