Today, fiddle player Jeremy Garrett of the Grammy-nominated Infamous Stringdusters announces a new solo album, The RV Sessions 2, scheduled for release on September 27th, 2016. The follow-up to his second solo release, The RV Sessions, The RV Sessions 2 was recorded and (mostly) written during Jeremy’s time on the road – not with The ‘Dusters but during his downtime in the “home” he shares with his wife – a 40-foot RV. The RV Sessions 2 is a collection of all instrumental songs inspired by the sights and sounds of another year’s worth of travels.
LISTEN TO “TIDAL WAVE” HERE
From the opening track “Cobra” – a title that evokes the intensity of Garrett’s on-stage fiddling – to the subtle melodicism of the closing, “So Long,” The RV Sessions 2 offers music that neatly complements both its predecessor and the combination of songs and extended improvisations that characterize The Infamous Stringdusters’ live appearances. It’s a nod to the bluegrass tradition in which Jeremy was raised – a world in which all-instrumental albums were a regular occurrence – but ranges across a broad sonic landscape where rock, jazz, pop and other influences can be glimpsed at every turn. And while he’s best known as a fiddler, The RV Sessions 2 testifies to Jeremy’s increasingly impressive skills on guitar and mandolin, along with a savvy exploration of technology that makes for an even broader tonal palette.
The RV Sessions 2 is a musical portrait that’s both stunning and intimate; an exploration of both inner and outer landscapes that reflects Jeremy Garrett’s ongoing journey in music and life. For his growing legion of fans – colleagues across the musical spectrum included – and for those who know him only as a member of The Infamous Stringdusters, The RV Sessions 2 presents the latest chapter in a career that’s already brought years of enjoyment and serves notice that plenty more are still to come.
ABOUT JEREMY GARRETT
Jeremy Garrett is an innovative fiddle player, expressive singer and creative songwriter. He’s a founding member of The Infamous Stringdusters, who broke onto the national scene in 2007, scooping up 3 International Bluegrass Music Association awards, including Album and Song of the Year. Since then, the group has become a national ambassador for progressive bluegrass, playing to club, theater and festival audiences around the country, and hosting their own event, The Festy Experience—at which Jeremy’s production, the Garrett Grass Gospel Hour, offers a much-beloved highlight.
To fans of the Grammy-nominated “‘Dusters,” he’s known as “G-Grass” or “Freedom Cobra” for his dynamic stage presence, but to his fellow artists, The Stringdusters included, there’s another side, where songwriting and more intimate performances come to the fore. Working on his own and with a select group of collaborators, he has contributed several songs to the Stringdusters, including the title track for their 2014 album “Let It Go”, winning first place in the Folk category for the 2014 USA Songwriting Competition. Bluegrass bands including The Boxcars, Chris Jones & The Night Drivers, and Sweden’s young G2 Bluegrass Band have recorded his songs. A recent musical project that Garrett has been working on, The Jeremy Garrett Bluegrass Coalition (JGBC), features not only Garrett’s talents, but also a variety of high profile musicians such as Scott Vestal, Seth Taylor, Larry Keel, Barry Bales, Andy Thorn, Danny Barnes, Josh Shilling and Jacob Jolliff.
It’s only natural that when Garrett’s thoughts turned to making a follow-up to 2005’s Garrettgrass Gospel, sung and co-produced with his father and an all-star supporting cast, and to 2009’s solo debut, I Am A Stranger (Sugar Hill), an all-original collection came to mind. The RV Sessions and The RV Sessions 2 are just that, as well as a display of his increasing stature as a multi-instrumentalist capable of recording every note of the music by himself. With flavors ranging from straightforward bluegrass rhythms to rock and rhythm & blues, it serves notice that there’s another side of Jeremy Garrett to see and hear.
The RV Sessions 2 Track Listing:
2 Bluegrass Gorilla
4 Fair Enough
5 Tidal Wave
6 High on a Ridge
7 Ruthless Desperado
8 Land Lubber
9 Tongue Tied
10 So Long