Sugar Hill will release a new solo project from Jeremy Garrett of The Infamous Stringdusters on March 31.
I Am A Stranger features Garrett on fiddle and vocals supported by his Stringduster brethren and a host of other top bluegrass pickers and singers. The songs include ones Jeremy has penned, several from his favorite writers, and a few that have stayed with him over the years.
He explains further in the liner notes…
“As far back as I can remember, music has been a huge part of my life and I always try to make a mental note when I hear a song that I really like. Some of these songs are from what I have collected through the years, some are my own thoughts, and some are written by personal friends who I respect, admire, and learn from. It really all starts with a song…”
Jeremy shared a few thoughts with us about two of the grassier tracks, sampled here for your enjoyment.
Echoes Of Goodbye – Listen now: [http://media.libsyn.com/media/thegrasscast/echoes.mp3]
Julie Elkins (banjo), Dennis Crouch (bass), Jake Stargel (guitar), Shawn Lane (mandolin), Jamie Daily (tenor vocal), Josh Williams (baritone vocal)
“I was looking for a hard driving bluegrass song with harmonies that could be suspended in the tradition of Bill Monroe, that hadn’t been done to death. It seemed like every one that I really liked had already been recorded, so I decided to write one.”
End Of The Line – Listen now: [http://media.libsyn.com/media/thegrasscast/end_of_the_line.mp3]
Chris Pandolfi (banjo), Andy Hall (resonator guitar), Andy Falco (guitar), Jesse Cobb (mandolin), Travis Book (bass), John Pennell and Jeff White (writers)
“I definitely wanted to get my fellow band mates, The Infamous Stringdusters, on some songs on this record! These guys are not only fun to tour with, they are some of my favorite musicians on the planet. This song was one that stood out as a number that had strong ‚ÄòDuster potential.”
You can hear the title track, written by Jeremy and his dad Glen, and Hank Thompson’s honky tonk country ballad, Today, on MySpace.
Pre-orders for I Am A Stranger can be placed from The Infamous Stringdusters’ web site, and downloads will be available from iTunes and Amazon on April 14. Jeremy will have copies of the CD at his shows, but primary distribution will be digital.