The Transylvania Times -

Local Takes Home A Grammy - Brevard, NC


February 1, 2018

Courtesy photo

Members of the Infamous Stringdusters are pictured with their Grammy award for Best Bluegrass Album. Travis Book, far right, lives in Brevard.

Local musician Travis Book and his band The Infamous Stringdusters shared the Best Bluegrass Album award last week at the Grammy's for their latest album, "Laws of Gravity."

Book plays upright bass in the five-piece band, and he and his wife, Sarah Siskind, call Brevard home. Book said it feels good to win, and he hopes it brings more attention to the band and their music.

"We work extremely hard and take our craft seriously, so the validation from the industry is incredible," he said. "On the other hand, it's hard for me to be in the spotlight more; I like anonymity, it's partly why I moved to Brevard. I'm not interested in being famous, or being treated differently... but my wife told me that if I didn't want the attention, I shouldn't have won a Grammy. I suppose she's right. I will say I think it's a good thing for the community. We moved here, in part, because of the thriving music scene and the legit musicians - Steep Canyon Rangers, Jeff Sipe, John Felty and Shannon Whitworth - so it's nice to contribute to the reputation that Brevard has as a musician's community."

Book said he wasn't expecting the award exactly, but he wasn't surprised, and he had the feeling that the cosmos was aligning for them. Other than his band being on tour this spring, Book is working on side projects with Siskind and their band, and he is looking to spend more time being involved in the community.

"I'm not working on anything else musical right now aside from occasional gigs with my wife," he said. "The Stringdusters take all the time I have, and the rest of my time I want to spend with my family, in the woods or on my bicycle. I am, however, acutely interested in seeing a greenway expansion to Hap Simpson Park, and I've been working with the (Tourism Development Authority) to improve the access to the French Broad River in our county. I also anticipate putting some energy into the Ecusta Trail once the politics get worked out. I think recreation infrastructure is essential for a healthy community and attracting entrepreneurs and jobs."

The Infamous Stringdusters include, along with Book, Andy Hall (Dobro), Andy Falco (guitar), Chris Pandolfi (banjo) and Jeremy Garrett (fiddle). The band has been nominated for a Grammy three times and this is the band's first win. The Infamous Stringdusters shares the award with Rhonda Vincent And The Rage.

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