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    The Infamous Stringdusters Weren’t Fiddling Around at Marathon Music Works

    The best part about The Infamous Stringdusters' live show is that, despite your favorite takeaways, there is no one star of the show.

    The Infamous Stringdusters kicked off their double set at Marathon Music Works with their high-energy bluegrass tune “Once You’re Gone” on Friday night.

    Nashville’s own, Great Peacock, warmed the audience up with a set that bridged folk, Americana and true rock and roll. Jamming and genre-bending was a theme of the night, as the fourth song on The Infamous Stringdusters’ set was their cover of The Cure’s “Just Like Heaven.” The iconic new wave song was a bold cover choice, as it has been tackled by many artists since its 1987 release, but the Stringdusters managed to capture all of the most important elements, from the notorious intro riff, to the haunting love-sick tone featured in the original recording. 

    Their first set was comprised of only eight songs but filled the hour with effortless jams and seamless transitions. The Infamous Stringdusters made their intricate, fast finger work look easy as they not only shredded on their respective instruments, but also worked the stage and engaged with the audience. 

    Dobro player, Andy Hall, had an impressive pedal board, allowing him to add just the right amounts of rich bass, or bright treble from song to song. The instrument is always interesting to see live, but Hall displayed a particular level of knowledge and expertise. Fiddle player, Jeremy Garrett, also meant serious business, with several impressive violin solos throughout the night. 

    The best part about The Infamous Stringdusters’ live show is that, despite your favorite takeaways, there is no one star of the show. With five different instrumentalists, each also tackling vocals, one can expect to hear up to ten different harmonies at any given time. From start to finish, deep, rich harmonies echoed off the walls of the former automobile manufactory.

    Each vocalist took turns leading songs from various albums in their repertoire, lending heavier notes of pop, rock or country, depending on the song. Audience members seemed to know one another and many sang along to the older tunes. With the band’s persistent messages of love and optimism, it comes as no surprise that their fans seemed like a family. Concertgoers recognized one another from across the room, welcoming each other with open arms and even sharing the best views with total strangers.

    The Nashville band showed their devotion to their hometown crowd with a quick return to the stage, following a short 20-minute break. By the start of the second set, every member of the audience was dancing. Those at the forefront shimmied, while fans on the outskirts twirled and square-danced.

    The second half of the show was as riveting as the first, complete with more toe-tapping fan favorites, and a short snippet of the band’s take on Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall.” The Stringdusters ushered in new favorites as well, featuring “Truth and Love” and “Somewhere in Between” off of their upcoming album, Rise Sun

    “Rise Sun,” the title track off of their upcoming album, closed the evening out as the band’s encore. The record drops April 5 and can still be pre-ordered on their official website.

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