On Monday, Ditty TV hosted the exclusive premiere for the video for “I’m Not Alone” off of The Infamous Stringdusters’ new album Toward the Fray. The song came together when early in the pandemic, Stringduster Travis Book was live-streaming on Instagram, playing with a musical idea. Paul Hoffman of Greensky Bluegrass was tuned in and he latched on to something Travis said about having repainted his house, but underneath it all, there was still evidence of the old paint. “I was so grateful for this song when it came out of the ether. It was reassuring to remember that I was indeed not alone. But the compelling part of the song for me is the realization that no matter how many times we try to remake ourselves, just painting over the facade doesn’t really change what’s underneath.”
The video for “I’m Not Alone” is now available via Ditty TV, click here to view the video.
In addition to the premiere of the “I’m Not Alone” video, the Stringdusters have released a cover of the Grateful Dead’s “Black Muddy River” featuring Anders Osborne in recognition of what would have been legendary frontman Jerry Garcia’s 80th birthday. Speaking on how this cover came to life, Stringduster Andy Falco says “I’ve always loved hearing Jerry sing this song back in the day. When we were looking for something to do with Anders, it’s one he was particularly fond of as well, so we thought it would be the perfect song to record in honor of Jerry during this year’s Days Between (festival). Anders is such an amazing singer, I’ve been a fan of his for a long time. Needless to say it was a real treat to get to sing it with him.”
Check out “Black Muddy River” featuring Anders Osborne here.
Furthermore, the band is pleased to announce a collaboration with Teton Gravity Research on limited Grateful Dead-influenced apparel which is available for pre-sale on Monday August 8 at 11am MT via tetongravity.com.
“To celebrate the release of The Stringusters & Anders Osborne’s beautiful rendition of “Black Muddy River”, TGR is releasing a special edition “Bluegrass Bears” tee & hoodie. “Black Muddy River” is one of our favorite Dead songs that speaks to our souls and we can’t get enough of this nod to Jerry. Officially licensed in collaboration with the Grateful Dead, we worked with the Stringdusters team to transform the classic Owlsey Bears into the “Bluegrass Bears,” says Brian Francis, SVP of Supply at TGR.
Catch The Infamous Stringdusters On Tour:
Aug. 12 – Bellvue, CO – The Mishawaka
Aug. 13 – Dillon, CO – Dillon Amphitheater*
Aug. 21 – Garrettsville, OH – Grass Fire Festival
Aug. 26 – Memphis, TN – Grind City Music Festival
Aug. 27 – Lawrence, KS – Kaw River Roots Festival
Aug. 28 – Bridgeview, IL – Sacred Rose Festival
Sept. 16 – Flagstaff, AZ – Pickin’ in the Pines
Sept. 17 – Redondo Beach, CA – Beachlife Ranch
Sept. 18 – East Aurora, NY – Borderland Music Festival
Sept. 20 – Portland, ME – Portland House of Music and Events
Sept. 21 – New Haven, CT – Toad’s Place
Sept. 22 – Philadelphia, PA – Brooklyn Bowl Philadelphia^
Sept. 23 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre^
Sept. 24 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club^
Sept. 30 – Asheville, NC – Salvage Station
Oct. 1 – Raleigh, NC – IBMA World of Bluegrass
Oct. 2 – Virginia Beach, VA – New Realm Brewing
Oct. 5 – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
Oct. 6 – Wilmington, NC – Greenfield Lake Amphitheater
Oct. 7 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
Oct. 8 – Roseland, VA – Devil’s Backbone Hoopla Festival
Oct. 9 – Pelham, TN – The Caverns
Nov. 6 – Moab UT, Moab Folk Festival
Nov. 8 – Salt Lake City, UT – The State Room
Nov. 9 – Salt Lake City, UT – The State Room
Nov. 10 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
Nov. 11 – Missoula, MT – The Wilma
Nov. 12 – Bozeman, MT – Elm#
Dec. 7 – 11 – Strings & Sol – Puerto Morelos, Q.R.
Dec. 29 – Richmond, VA – The National
Dec. 30 – Richmond, VA – The National
Dec. 31 – Richmond, VA – The National
* with Circles Around the Sun
^ with Armchair Boogie
# with Midnight North
For a full list of tour dates and ticket information, please visit thestringdusters.com/tour.