Grammy-award winning bluegrass quintet, the Infamous Stringdusters have released their first Christmas album, Dust the Halls: An Acoustic Christmas Holiday! on the newly founded Americana Vibes record label. Dust the Halls is a digitally collaborative effort, with the Infamous Stringdusters banding together despite physical distance to bring some much-needed holiday cheer to 2020.
Early in the COVID-19 pandemic after all touring was indefinitely cancelled, the band stayed focused on remaining connected musically with each other despite being isolated in different cities throughout the country.
“We started to consider doing some remote recording projects (each guy from his own home studio) ... but doing a brand new original Stringdusters album requires us to be together,” shared Andy Falco, guitar for the Infamous Stringdusters.
“I had actually already started thinking about a Christmas album last year but never had the time to start recording it, so when the idea came up we were able to use that list of mostly traditional songs and added an Andy Hall-arranged version of Winter Wonderland. I put together arrangements for the band, wrote charts, made a guitar track and the guys all added their parts one by one. As the pieces were coming in and I was assembling and mixing them in my studio, the songs started to come to life, making me feel like the band was together again. It was truly therapeutic and particularly nice that it was joyful holiday music, lending a welcome hand through some of the darkness happening in the world around us. We hope this album can help bring that joy into people’s homes, and we wish everyone a happy and healthy holiday season.”
Dust the Halls is the Dusters’ 10th studio effort and first to be released on the newly launched American Vibes, a multimedia and lifestyle endeavor under the Regime Music Group umbrella. It features 10 Christmas classics, and is available now for purchase and streaming everywhere. Stream the album here: https://fanlink.to/dustthehalls
"The holidays are approaching, a time to come together and celebrate life, our community and our connections to each other" shared Chris Pandolfi, banjo for the Infamous Stringdusters. "This connection has never been more important. This album was put together remotely, collaborating on arrangements and parts, putting our unique Stringdusters spin on a collection of timeless holiday classics. This is an album for everyone and we hope it brings joy and happiness for years to come."
The complete track list for Dust the Halls is as follows:
Joy to the World
Little Drummer Boy
We Three Kings
The First Noel
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Christmas is Coming
Oh Holy Night
Deck the Halls