Andy Falco & Travis Book of The Infamous Stringdusters Honor Jerry Garcia During the Days Between with New Album 'Falco & Book Play Jerry Garcia'

Article Contributed by Americana Vibes | Published on Saturday, August 5, 2023

Andy Falco and Travis Book of The Infamous Stringdusters have teamed up to honor one of their biggest musical influences, Jerry Garcia through a collaborative live album Falco and Book Play Jerry Garcia available now via Americana Vibes. The release comes during the Days Between, the 9-day period between Garcia's birth (August 1st) and death (August 9th) that has come to be an annual celebration in the Deadhead community commemorating his life and work. As evidenced by the album’s focus track, a 10-minute rendition of The Grateful Dead’s “Morning Dew,” Falco & Book handle Garcia’s iconic songbook with care by stripping the classics down to their core using just acoustic guitar, upright bass, and vocal harmonies to lean into the nuances. A visualizer of “Morning Dew” can be viewed HERE.

Originally conceived as a live project, the project garnered so much admiration from fans that Falco and Book felt a duty to capture these duo arrangements for all the world to hear. The acoustic format allows Garcia’s projects from The Grateful Dead to “Dawg music” written in collaboration with David Grisman and everything in between a spaciousness that leaves room for the listener to fill in the spaces with their own musical memory and conceive the tunes with a new, and open mind.

For both Falco and Book, the album signifies not only growing up with the music of Jerry Garcia, but a commitment to exploring his music through a lens of traditional music styles such as bluegrass, blues, country, and bluegrass. “Musicians don’t exist in a vacuum, songs and style don’t just materialize spontaneously— everyone is a product of the music that they’ve heard, loved and internalized,” says Book, “Doc Watson called his music “Traditional plus, which means traditional music and everything else I’ve ever heard. Traditional music forms, like Jazz, Blues, Country, or Bluegrass are styles all their own.”

The duo performed selections from the new album and more in Red Hook, NY last month and have two additional dates announced to present the material off of the new in Berkeley, CA; and Sellersville, PA. The Infamous Stringdusters continue a robust summer touring schedule with notable festival plays including Telluride Bluegrass Festival, High Sierra Bluegrass Festival, and more. The band’s inaugural festival The Infamous Weekend is set for September featuring 4+ sets of music by the group taking place at Pop's Farm in Martinsville, VA. A full list of dates can be found below:

Falco & Book Play Jerry Garcia Tour Dates:

10/7 - Berkeley, CA - Freight & Salvage

10/20 - Sellersville, PA - Sellersville Theater

The Infamous Stringdusters Tour Dates

8/4 - Bellvue, CO - The Mishawaka

8/5 - Dillon, CO - Dillon Amphitheater

8/6 - Del Norte, CO - Rhythms on the Rio

8/10 - Ketchum, ID - River Run Lodge ^^

8/11 - Alta, WY - Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival

8/12-13 - Livingston, MT - Pine Creek Lodge

9/1 - Mill Springs, NC - Earl Scruggs Music Festival

9/2 - Brunswick, ME - Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Festival

9/3 - Charlestown, RI - Rhythm & Roots Festival

9/6 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheater !!

9/15-16 - Martinsville, VA - The “Infamous” Weekend

9/17 - East Aurora, NY - Borderland Music Festival

9/18 - Ashland, KY - Paramount Arts Center ##

9/19 - Nashville, TN - Grand Ole Opry

9/20 - Memphis, TN - Miglewood Hall ##

9/21 - Glasgow, KY - The Grove

9/22 - Cape Girardeau, MO - Shipyard Music Festival

9/23 - Winona, MN - Boats and Bluegrass

10/6 - Pelham, TN - Cave Fest

10/8 - Monterey, CA - Rebels & Renegades Music Festival

11/1 - Grass Valley, CA - Miners Foundry Cultural Center

11/2 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater **

11/3 - Del Mar, CA - The Sound **

11/4 - Los Angeles, CA - The Bellwether **

11/5 - Redding, CA - Cascade Theater

11/7 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory ##

11/8 - Bend, OR - Midtown Ballroom ##

11/9 - Eugene, OR - McDonald Theatre ##

11/10 - Portland, OR - Revolution Hall

11/11 - Seattle, WA - Neptune Theatre ##

12/6-10 - Puerto Morelos, Q.R. - Strings & Sol

^^ w/ The Wood Brothers

!! w/ Dierks Bentley

** w/ Greensky Bluegrass

## w/ Chris Jacobs

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