What do you do after you’ve just won your first Grammy Award? If you’re The Infamous Stringdusters—Andy Hall (dobro), Andy Falco (guitar), Chris Pandolfi (banjo), Jeremy Garrett (fiddle), and Travis Book (upright bass)—you hit the road and play your hearts out like never before.Roughly 11 years after releasing their debut album, Fork In The Road, the eclectic five-piece string band recently picked up one of music’s biggest honors for their eighth LP, 2017’s Laws of Gravity. While many bands might take a break after such an achievement, The Dusters have opted to keep on truckin’—albeit with a bit more pep in their step. The group’s touring schedule will bring them to every corner of the Continental United States between now and June, and the next two months are looking particularly dense. On top of that, The Infamous Stringdusters recently launched their own record label and signed their first act, Wisconsin-based string band Horseshoes & Hand Grenades.One show that has the band particularly excited is their upcoming appearance at the Pot of Gold Music Festival in Chandler, AZ on Saturday, March 17th. It’s the first stop on what is already shaping up to be a packed festival season for the award-winning quintet, and the Phoenix-area location of the event is sure to offer some picturesque desert scenery. With a lineup that includes Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band, Sturgill Simpson, Rebelution, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Big Head Todd & The Monsters, and many more, it’s safe to say The Infamous Stringdusters will fit right in at Pot of Gold.We caught up with Jeremy Garrett to talk about the band’s big win, the Pot of Golf Music Festival, playing with Phil Lesh, the enduring appeal of string music, and what the future has in store for these bluegrass mavericks:Sam D’Arcangelo: What’s it like waking up every day as a member of “Grammy-winning band The Infamous Stringdusters?” Has anything changed since you picked up that statue?Jeremy Garrett: It’s a joy for me to wake up at all and the fact that I get to do what I love for a living makes me a very lucky man indeed. I’d say that not much has changed for us except we have a lot more gas in the tank, especially at our live shows.Do you have any good stories from your trip to the Grammys?JG: A lot of it was so fast, much of it was a blur. From the press opportunities on the red carpet to the award show, to the press booths after, to the large parties after, after…it was an amazing evening for sure.SD: Have you guys started working on a follow-up to Laws of Gravity?JG: Yes, we have already picked out a handful of original material and are probably about halfway through the process. We hope to record in late spring.Speaking of records, you guys just launched your own record label, Tape Time Records. What inspired you guys to do this?JG: We are stoked to launch Tape Time Records. We have put out records with labels in the past and are finding that there is more that can be done to promote these projects than what we are finding in the marketplace so we have decided to put our efforts into building something in-house that has the quality of engagement that we and other artists need. Our debut release on the label was Horseshoes & Hand Grenades’ The Ode.What have been some of the challenges of getting involved in the label-owning side of the music business?JG: There’re always challenges in whatever you do. Today’s social media and ocean of available talent is the biggest challenge. I think the key here is involving people that are great at what they do, being selective and keeping the creative process at the forefront of the whole business…as opposed to trying to plug the record business into a “widget” type model. Everything has to be more adaptable these days, in order to get projects the exposure they deserve and need.SD: You guys will be performing at the Pot Of Gold Festival in Arizona next month? Are you excited to make it out to that fest? What can fans expect from your appearance there?JG: We are very excited to make it out to Pot Of Gold Festival this year. We are jamming harder than we ever have and are looking forward to sharing that with everyone this season.A couple of years ago, you guys got the opportunity to play with Phil Lesh at the LOCKN’ Festival. In a few weeks, you’ll be performing before him at Pot Of Gold. Is sharing the stage with a legend like that a surreal experience?JG: It is surreal. Phil is a great guy and has always been very supportive of the Stringdusters and what we do. We’ve had the pleasure to share the stage with him several times now and there’s never a time when that man isn’t smiling.Phil Lesh & Friends feat. The Infamous Stringdusters – “Dire Wolf”[Video: LOCKN’ Music Festival]SD: A lot of people think of bluegrass as an old-timey music style, but these days there are countless young artists taking string band music in interesting directions? What reasons do you think there are for bluegrass’ enduring, and perhaps even increasing, popularity?JG: String music speaks to people. There is just something about it. Something rootsy, perhaps even primal in a way that gets in your blood and you just like it. You love it…bluegrass has always been a music of high integrity with some of the best players around and now that it’s merging with jam music in some scenes, it’s taking it to another level. People like to experience the unknown…the improvisation, the energy of what can happen when musicians and crowd alike are in tune and vibrating on the same wavelengths together. Music is the connector, but the true “thing” is the scene and the fellowship of people.SD: What’s next for the Infamous Stringdusters? Do you guys have any big plans for the summer?We are pushing forward and pushing our own boundaries all the time. We are jamming more and harder than we ever have and are having a blast seeing what the possibilities are with it. It’s been so fun to take our fans on this journey with us. Our plans for the summer are exactly that. To take what we do to the highest level and share it with as many people as we can.You can catch The Infamous Stringdusters on tour throughout the spring and summer of this year. 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Ireland got off to a shaky start, with keeper Aaron McCarey having to keep out a miscued third-minute header by team-mate Derrick Williams before Dutch skipper Alex Schalk hit the post with a deflected shot. But O’Brien set them on their way when he tapped home from Forde’s cross after it eluded the entire Netherlands defence. The teenager might have claimed a second with 22 minutes gone, but dragged his shot wide. However, he did not have to wait long to extend Ireland’s lead, turning home Everton defender Shane Duffy’s flick-on from a Forde free-kick. O’Brien hobbled off 11 minutes after the restart after falling awkwardly as he challenged for a high ball, but the game was effectively over seconds later when Forde was fouled by Stefano Denswil and he picked himself up to convert the resulting penalty. Substitute keeper Sean McDermott had to make an important save at the death to deny Joel Veltman a consolation goal but Ireland were worthy winners over a Dutch side who qualified for this summer’s Euro 2013 finals as group winners. The victory will give King’s men a massive boost in confidence as they prepare for the new qualifying campaign, which gets underway in the Faroe Islands in August. Press Association Debutant Aiden O’Brien claimed a double as Ireland Under-21s surged to an impressive 3-0 friendly victory over the Netherlands. The 19-year-old Millwall striker scored twice before the break, firing his side ahead after 10 minutes and then increasing their advantage eight minutes before half-time. Wolves midfielder Anthony Forde completed the job when he converted a 57th-minute penalty to cap a second successive victory for Noel King’s side, who ended the qualifying campaign for the 2013 European Championships with a 4-2 win in Italy in September last year.
“Goal Line Stand” runs Fridays. To comment on this story, email Michael Katz at [email protected] or visit dailytrojan.com. I came to a depressing conclusion this morning: USC isn’t going to make the NCAA basketball tournament. And they aren’t going to the NIT tournament, either.But you know what? I’m still really happy about this 12-14 squad. And after Sunday, I might be a whole lot happier.Sunday is when the Trojans host arch-nemesis UCLA at the Galen Center, looking for their second season sweep over the Bruins in four seasons. By beating the Bruins, it would not only deflate the entire Westwood area, but would signal the start of something: that USC basketball is for real.Now, I’m not saying a win over UCLA would take away the pain of 2011’s 6-26 record or this year’s record, regardless of how things wrap up. It doesn’t make up for the fact that UCLA has won 11 national titles in the sport and USC has none. What it does do, however, is show real improvement — that the Trojans aren’t content to be bottom feeders for eternity.After a gutsy stretch of games that the Trojans have recently won, head coach Bob Cantu’s squad looks like it might be able to win a few more contests this season. Fans won’t have to wear bags on their heads or pretend they don’t know where the Galen Center is. Sunday’s game is the culmination of momentum building up for USC men’s basketball. It’s officially game time.I’ll say it outright: the Sunday game means everything.The athletic department is forcing students sitting in a certain section to wear bright gold “Trojan Fever” t-shirts. Tickets for the game aren’t particularly cheap. For the first time in a while, the Galen Center might look filled. There are going to be an awful lot of people watching the game on TV, too.This is a chance for the Trojans to prove they belong. That they can hang on the court with the big boys again. That this isn’t just a football school. That USC basketball can be more than an afterthought.And let’s not forget the players who are going to be on the court, either. There are stars all around the board for both teams. UCLA features freshman guard Shabazz Muhammad, a likely top-five pick in the 2013 NBA draft. They have the Wear twins, both of whom will likely be NBA players. They have a six-foot-nine point guard named Kyle Anderson who is built a little like another point guard who used to rule Los Angeles (minus the assist statistics).Meanwhile, the Trojans are less heralded but are getting recognition because of their recent four-game winning streak that came to an end against Cal last Sunday. Senior guard Jio Fontan, who missed all of last season with a knee injury, is playing with a lot of heart. He’s hitting big free throws and isn’t turning the ball over. Junior forward Dewayne Dedmon is starting to look like every bit of his seven-foot frame. Senior forward Eric Wise and sophomore guard Byron Wesley are hitting shots and are looking like solid players. Heck, junior guard J.T. Terrell finally looks like a top-100 prospect.Look at this. I’m getting excited about USC basketball. I’m thrilled the Trojans are in sixth place in the Pac-12. There are players on this USC team worth watching. This game against UCLA will be a culmination of all the good things that have come from this roster and the stellar coaching of Cantu. The Bruins have an awful lot to play for come Sunday: seeding in the conference tournament and getting off the NCAA tournament bubble. The Trojans, though, have something bigger to play for: pride.Pride is the heart of all athletics, whether it be at the high school, collegiate or professional level. Beating the Bruins would give this team all the pride in the world. The Trojans aren’t going to win a national championship this season. They probably won’t next year either. They might make the NCAA tournament in the next couple of years, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they didn’t. It doesn’t matter. Beating UCLA will add to the excitement that the Trojans have been building on during the past few weeks. It will get a fan base that is in dire need of hope genuinely excited for basketball. Who would have thought that was even possible in Troy?