The Infamous Stringdusters Release Video for “Toward The Fray”

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The Infamous Stringdusters have teamed up with the good folks at Backline, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that connects music industry professionals and their families with mental health and wellness resources, to release the video for their new album’s title track, “Toward The Fray,” here. Additionally, the band’s dobro player Andy Hall penned an essay about mindfulness and the many benefits exclusively for Backline readers. Read Andy Hall’s full piece here and an excerpt below:

“The purpose of mindfulness is simple. To be more aware of what is currently happening. Less lost in thought. When our attention goes from the never-ending stream of thoughts, judgments and fantasies the mind creates, and moves to what is actually happening directly around us, we feel better. And if we feel better, we can do better at whatever it is we want to do.”

“The Dusters are part of the original support system for the organization since our launch in 2019,” says Hilary Gleason, Backline co-founder. “It’s heartening to know that their support is more than just a flash in the pan — mental health and mindfulness is something that is truly embraced and embodied by its members.”

“We shot this video in Denver and it’s pretty much based on the lyrics of the song. The little girl portraying the character from the album cover was so amazing and absolutely the star of the shoot. We feel the folks who made the video did a great job bringing to life the essence of what the song (and much of our album) is about,” says Falco. “To me, the theme of the album and in turn this song is about dealing with your problems head on, rather than running away from them,” Falco continues. “One of the things that I’m really proud of is that this record is true to all of us. It’s a genuine record because it really is about everything that we were all going through. We’re talking about the pandemic and all of the chaos, but we’re talking about love and other things, too. We were able to reflect and dive deep and look inward during all of this. I hope people who hear these songs will feel like they’re not alone.”

This video release comes on the heels of the band’s much lauded album of the same name which was released in Feb. of 2022. Of Toward the Fray, No Depression wrote, “This IBMA and Grammy award-winning bluegrass group enters Cormac McCarthy territory with their new album,” Garden & Gun said the Strindusters’ new album “stands as evidence that recent events have changed all of us in a variety of ways,” Andy Hall spoke with Forbes about nature’s inspiration, and the band played World Cafe in Philadelphia for NPR’s Free At Noon concert series.

Since then, the band has been touring aggressively across the country with friends Greensky Bluegrass, Dustbowl Revival, The California Honeydrops, and Karina Rykman. The band will continue its touring momentum this summer and into fall, for a full list of tour dates please see below.

Fans based in the greater Denver, CO area or those making the trek for the band’s Red Rocks show (5/26) should note that for the month of May the band has activations and chef collaborations with foodie havens Fire on the Mountain and Bridge and Tunnel Restaurant Group. Order special off-menu Dusters-themed snacks and sauces at any one of their brick and mortar locations.

Catch The Infamous Stringdusters On Tour:

May 20 – 22 – Round Hill, VA – B Chord Brewing

May 26 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre#

May 27 – 28 – Geneva, MN – Revival Music Festival

May 29 – Chillicothe, IL – Summercamp Festival

June 10 – Ellijay, GA – Holla Yella

June 11 – Bend, OR – Century Center

June 12 – Laytonville, CA – Hogfarm Hideaway

June 17 – 18 – Telluride, CO – Telluride Bluegrass Festival

July 7 – Townsend, TN – Dancing Bear Lodge

July 8 – Covington, KY – Paradise on the Point

July 9 – St. Clair, MO – Pickin on Picknic

July 22 – Trumansburg, NY – Grassroots Fingerlake Festival

July 24 – North Plains, OR – Northwest String Summit

July 29 – Charleston, SC – Pour House

July 30 – 31 – Floyd, VA – FloydFest

August 14 – Grand Junction, CO – Supergrass Fresh Festival

August 21 – Garrettsville, OH – Grass Fire Festival

August 26 – 27 – Lawrence, KS – Kaw River Roots

August 28 – Bridgeview, IL – Sacred Rose

September 16 – Flagstaff, AZ – Pickin in the Pines

October 1 – Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheater

October 9 – Pelham, TN – The Caverns

November 6 – Moab, UT – Moab Folk Festival

December 7 – 11 – Puerto Morelos, MX – Strings and Sol

December 29 – 31 – Richmond, VA – The National

# with The California Honeydrops and Karina Rykman

For a full list of tour dates and ticket information, please visit thestringdusters.com/tour.