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The Wayfaring Strangers


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The Wayfaring Strangers are a number of things: a band, an album, a project, and a new way to play American music. In their incarnation as a band, they have been called “the most potent supergroup in folk music” by the Boston Herald. The Herald goes on to praise Shifting Sands of Time as “an audacious, genre-bending experiment, full of joy, sorrow, and beauty.” Most importantly, the Wayfaring Strangers seek to find spiritual common ground between different styles of music: among which include jazz, bluegrass, folk, Klezmer, Celtic, and chamber music.

A collective fronted by visionary violinist Matt Glaser, the Wayfaring Strangers present a bold, successful experiment in Americana. This all-star assemblage of players and singers, whose pedigrees extend across innumerable genres, first set out years ago to seek the heart of American music in a deft blend of modern and traditional styles. Their first album, Shifting Sands of Time, is the culmination of that search. On this stunning debut, Glaser’s elusive dream of combining the high lonesome sound of bluegrass and mountain music with the soul and sophistication of late-night jazz is given a voice by some of the world’s finest acoustic musicians. The end result is unprecedented not only in its intricacy, beauty, and striking interplay of styles but also in its organic purity. Never before has something so expansive on paper came out sounding so smooth and natural on disk.

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