Artist: The Infamous Stringdusters
Title: “We’ll Do it Live”
“We’ll Do it Live” marks the first live release from The Infamous Stringdusters, an acoustic bluegrass group from Nashville, Tenn., that has gained a reputation as road warriors for its fiery, improvised shows.
That makes a live album a good introduction to the band. “We’ll Do it Live” was recorded at four East Coast stops in the spring of 2011, but is mixed to sound like one continuous rave up.
Since a number of the songs feature improvised jams, there are a few tracks on which the group feels a bit directionless, but that’s bolstered by the album’s ability to capture the joie de vivre that must come from seeing the ‘Dusters live. “No More to Leave You Behind” is searing at nearly eight minutes, while Andy Falco’s guitar work awakens “Well, Well.”
A cover of John Hartford’s “Keep on Truckin’ ” closes this affair, to both the band and the audience’s raucous approval.
“We’ll Do it Live” makes the ‘Dusters seem like fun and would show any listener why the group’s live show has garnered such a positive reputation.
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