Here’s our first real music video offering that has transcended youtube’s orgy of content, residing now on a proper television set thanks to CMT. Produced by our amazing engineer, Billy Hume (both the music and the video), ‘Rockets’ is about optimism and change. As Travis said in reference to the song, “this is our time, our opportunity to do great things and experience life while we are alive.”
We captured the Stringdusters monster fall tour with a bag full of awesome GoPro gear. Part 1 took you backstage (previous post), while parts 2-3 bring you a bunch of music as well as some excellent outdoor adventures. Can’t wait to get back on the road!
Yesterday kicked off three weeks worth of video retrospective, looking back at the epic 2012 Fall Tour that just came to a close. Each week we are releasing new footage at a different on-line outlet, taking you behind the scenes, on the bus, out into the wilderness, and on to the stage. This week’s video can be seen at Relix on-line. Thanks again to everyone at GoPro for all the amazing gear. And even bigger thanks to everyone who came out on this tour.
I’m combating consumerism with a sale of my own. But my product is all-American, created right here in my American brain and recorded at my old American house in TN, no genetic modification, no child labor, just original music and homegrown yuletide cheer. You also get a chance to win the best small HD video camera out there–the GoPro HERO 2. Everyone who orders before next weekend (Sun 12/9) will be entered to win one HERO 2 with case and mounting accessories. $10 per disc, $5 for each additional copy (includes shipping) is a steal for original music. The camera is gravy. Signatures and stickers and stuff–they will be in there no matter what.
I’m really proud of this album, Looking Glass. I wrote all the music and produced/engineered the record at my old home studio. I also hired my favorite acoustic players, including Matt Flinner, Stuart Duncan, Chris Eldridge, Byron House, the Dusters and more. I’m also in love with GoPro cameras. If you haven’t seen some of our latest GoPro videos, check them out and see what these things can do. Or check out their intro video, one of the coolest things I have ever seen on the internet.
So, email me to get involved (pandolfi.chris (at) gmail.com). You can pay by check or paypal, $10 (shipping included) for the first disc, $5 for each additional. I have to have your payment by 12/9 for you to be involved in the HERO 2 giveaway. Every disc you order gets you another shot at the camera. I’ll pick the winner on 12/10, and send out any remaining discs as well as the grand prize the next day. So everything will be there before Santa arrives.
This camera may or may not have some tasty old Stringdusters footage on it as well. The extras just keep coming…
Thanks to everyone who helped make this tour happen, it was really memorable for us.
And for whatever we can’t remember, there’s video. I brought a video rig on tour to capture a lot of the live music as well as our travels/adventures. I had 9 GoPro Hero 2 cameras, 7 wireless units, a mac laptop and a couple big USB hubs. I have most of the shows shot on 5-8 wide angle GoPros, sitting here on a hard drive, a few already edited and the others ready to go. Drew Becker has of course been putting next day audio on the Show Hive–an amazing way to keep up with the Stringduster experience. Now we are adding the video. The rig has it’s limitations (batteries, memory, etc) so I would usually get the second set. But there’s lots to choose from and an arsenal of new Stringduster videos is about to be born.
We are putting out one video every day this week, mostly performance stuff, some b-roll, etc. Then starting next week we’ll have a 3 video series that looks back over the whole tour, including some of our outdoor adventures, new music, beer tourism, tons of live concert footage, the Pacific ocean, spandex, and so much more. That’s going to be 3 videos, over three weeks, starting on 11.26. And then we’ll see what’s left after that…
Thanks as always to GoPro–amazing people, amazing company and such cool gear.
Here’s the latest music video offering from the Stringdusters, shot right here in our hometown of Charlottesville, VA. Resident ‘Duster cinematographer Tom Daly shot everything, and I did the editing. I should have taken the band aid off my finger before the banjo solo close-ups.
Here’s some of the first footage we captured with the new GoPro video rig, live from the Electric Forest in MI. We are gearing up to do this at most, if not every stop on the fall tour. Electric Forest was one of the first captures while working through all the formatting, software, wireless details, etc, but the footage looked good so I threw together this video. This fall it will be pics and video, from different angles (and cities) every night. This gear amazing–thanks again to the crew at GoPro.
Time for some new videos. Thanks to our creative ally Tom Daly for the amazing camera action (edited by yours truly), and to Paste for spreading the world. We set out to do something creative at the “Malick” hour (a reference to one of my favorite directors and his obsession with the fading late day light), and as per usual, Duster hijinx prevailed. A prolonged serious face is hard to come by here. Check it out and spread the word.