Thank you, Earl Scruggs

Just like that, Earl has moved on. As the music world (from NPR to Pitchfork) commemorates the endless accomplishments of this rare genius, it’s clear that we’ve lost a ‘once in a lifetime’ musical figure, and there is so much to be in awe of….

Music for the great outdoors

This was the best in-store yet. Mid day on the second day of two sold out shows with Yonder at the Orange Peel in Asheville, NC. We were late and about 250 people were waiting for us. Thanks to everyone at Mast General, where fans…

Founding Fathers

Andy Falco and I started playing together all the time when we moved to Charlottesville a year ago. Soon after, the Founding Fathers was officially formed. What started as an acoustic side project is morphing into something different, something much more experimental. We opened for…

Putting the ‘Ski’ back in Ski Tour

I’m home in one piece, but part of me remains in the magical western US, where the Stringdusters just wrapped up our annual Ski Tour. Huge thanks to all the amazing people who came to see us. It was 3 weeks of pure bliss–14 packed…

DelFest 2012

DelFest goes Letterman on the marketing for 2012. Check out their new vid below–we are excited to be a part of it. Last year I wrote an article about the festival after an amazing weekend with the whole McCoury crew. We are lucky to have…

Up next, 2012

2011 was a crazy and amazing year for the Infamous Stringdusters. But it’s over, and the door to 2012 is flying open right in front of our eyes. Incredible things are happening. Here’s a bit about what’s up next, and why. We are a five…

‘Chris Pandolfi and the Bluegrass Dilemma’

Thanks to Joe Kendrick for having me on WNCW to talk about Bluegrass, the Stringdusters, etc. The program, What It Is Radio, just went up on-line. Check out the stream here. Joe has other noteworthy endeavors that you should check out, including Lingua Musica Live,…

IBMA Keynote Address

Here’s the full length video of the keynote address I gave at the 2011 IBMA business conference in Nashville, TN. And I got out alive! Big thanks to my main man Drew Becker for the video work. He’s the best in the business people.

WE’LL DO IT LIVE

Our new album is done: WE’LL DO IT LIVE. It’s our first independent release. Get it here. Name your own price, download, pre-order, CD, vinyl, etc

San Francisco (Outside Lands!)

San Francisco will always feel like a second home to me after living there for almost a year in 1999. It’s an amazing display of progressive arts/culture/energy, combined with a natural beauty that is as inspiring as any. I took a year off from Dartmouth…

IBMA Keynote

The IBMA has asked me to give a keynote address at the annual business conference this fall in Nashville (Tuesday, Sept 27th, 10:30 AM). Thanks IBMA, for such an amazing opportunity! There’s been much talk this year about the current state of Bluegrass affairs–a rekindling…

Bluegrass Awards?

And the Nominees are… A few weeks ago I pondered the concept of music associations, most of which have at least two things in common: membership dues and an awards show. For the IBMA, the awards are clearly a big deal, drawing most of the…

All the Same

Good work, Music Fog. We shot this last fall in Nashville.

Music Associations (CMA interns asleep at the wheel!)

Lately I’ve been wondering what ‘music associations’ are all about. Who joins? Why? What’s a music assoc trying to do? How do they get it done? And what types of music have one? Today’s NY Times has an interesting article about the mariachi music scene…

Vader series (Gathering of the Vibes)

Here’s a Darth Vader series with our beloved booking agent, the Yeti (aka Joshua Knight), at Gathering of the Vibes 2011. Super fun festival, the most tie-dyes I’ve seen all summer. Vibes celebrates our universal connection to the Grateful Dead, showcasing the members, the music…