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Infamous Stringdusters bringing bluegrass to Blue Goose

Winners of International Bluegrass Association awards
By: Martha Garcia, Loomis News Editor
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The Auburn Bluegrass Festival is taking a hiatus this year, but foothill bluegrass music fans can still get their fiddle and banjo fixes when the Infamous Stringdusters perform at the Blue Goose Fruit Shed in Loomis Sunday, March 16. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the concert begins at 7 p.m. with an opening performance by Keith Little and Jim Nunally, Auburn Bluegrass Festival favorites. The Stringdusters are a band of six young performers from Nashville, where they were awarded Best Song, Best Album and Best Emerging Artists by the International Bluegrass Association at the Grand Ole Opry last October. The award-winning album is Fork In The Road, on the Sugar Hill label. Dan Miller, publisher of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine in Rocklin, is excited about producing the Loomis show as part of their Acoustic Music Series. The Infamous Stringdusters are about the same age, all college graduates who all moved from different places to Nashville in order to make it into the music business, Miller explained. They met each other at different venues around town and decided to form this band. They are at the top of their game in their instruments and music style. It's like the cream of the crop that all came together in Nashville for their particular generation. The result was greater than the individual parts, with all of them coming together to form the most exciting band to come out of Nashville in a long time, Miller said. Singer and dobro player Andy Hall has toured or recorded with Dolly Parton, Earl Scruggs and Charlie Daniels. Chris Pandolfi, on banjo, has toured with Bering Straight, the Grammy-nominated country-bluegrass group. Fiddle player Jeremy Garrett has performed with an array of bluegrass artists and has backed award-winning country singer Lee Ann Womack. Jesse Cobb, on mandolin, has also performed with Womack, as well as with Grand Ole Opry member Mike Snider. Travis Book, on upright bass, anchored Colorado's Broke Mountain, winners of the Rockygrass band competition in 2003. The newest addition to the group is guitar player Andy Falco, who toured recently with Alecia Nuget and the Greencards. Mariann Miller, Dan Miller's ex-wife, is a teller at the Loomis branch of Bank of America. She's also helping produce the show. I want Loomis and the Blue Goose to become known as the place to hear good music, she said. To help the South Placer Heritage Foundation in their efforts to continue the renovation of the Blue Goose Fruit Shed, Flatpicking Magazine will donate a portion of the proceeds from the Infamous Stringdusters concert to the Heritage Foundation. Tickets are $20, and are available at Blue Goose Produce in Loomis, Cherry Records in Auburn, Rainbow Music in Colfax, the Nicholson Music Co. and Dimple Records in Folsom, or by phone at 759-2257.