Garrett A Rising Star

JEREMY GARRETT, “I Am A Stranger,” Sugar Hill. 11 tracks.

The Infamous Stringdusters burst on the bluegrass scene in 2007 with “Fork in the Road,” a CD that took album of the year honors from the International Bluegrass Music Association.
Its title cut was named song of the year and the band was named emerging artist of the year.
But the Stringdusters don’t necessarily consider themselves a bluegrass band.
Their Web site talks about bluegrass, rock, country, blues, folk and jazz. The band, it says, is “American acoustic music.”
But there’s still a lot of bluegrass in the sound.

Now, Jeremy Garrett, the band’s fiddle player, has released his first solo effort in a digital-only release through Sugar Hill Records.

He wrote or co-wrote five tracks and sings lead on every tune except “Peace King” and “Y2K,” the two instrumentals on the album.

It’s a strong debut album and Garrett is a good vocalist.

Covers include Hank Thompson’s “Today,” with pedal steel and piano; Flatt & Scruggs’ “What’s Good For You,” a duet with Abigail Washburn; and U2’s “North and South of the River.”

The Fields of My Mind,” a song he learned in Idaho years ago, is played on an old fiddle with French Canadian tuning.

“I Am A Stranger” is a good introduction to a rising star in bluegrass and Americana music.

Check it out at www.SugarHillRecords.com.

Keith Lawrence, 691-7301,klawrence@messenger-inquirer.com

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