Virginia bluegrass virtuosos The Infamous Stringdusters have announced the details of their upcoming new album Laws Of Gravity, as well as an extensive tour to support it. Laws Of Gravity, set for a January 13, 2017 release via Compass Records, will see the band return to their usual five-piece acoustic lineup after having outsourced the vocal duties on their last album (2016’s Ladies & Gentlemen) to a talented cast of female singers including Joss Stone, Lee Ann Womack, and Nicki Bluhm, among others.Laws Of Gravity is pure-bred Stringdusters at their finest, with honest songs and a fresh yet familiar bluegrass/Americana/progressive feel. “You write what you know,” says guitarist Andy Falco, “We’re on the road all the time and there’s always gravity that’s keeping you grounded, and pulling you home. The themes on this album stem from things that happen out on the road, and the freedom we have to make music. There’s nothing freer than being on stage and making music. We’re telling these stories of musical nomads, all the stuff we like to do.”Banjo player Chris Pandolfi commented on the album’s recording process, saying “We had a lot of good energy stored up as we were getting into production, as well as a few more years of experience with the studio. We had much more of a vision for how we wanted this album to come together than we did with past projects. We know that capturing the live, collective sound always opens a door for the listeners, as opposed to building and crafting something that you can only make in the studio. We are a band. We play live, together, and more than any one song or achievement, this is what we do. Now we have an album that captures that.”The first single from the 13-track LP, “This Ol’ Building”, is available for download now for everyone who pre-orders the album on iTunes. The tune’s gospel-tinged grit and cautionary lyrics are highlighted by the skilled musicianship of the band–Falco, Pandolfi, Andy Hall (dobro), Jeremy Garrett (fiddle), and Travis Book (upright bass)–and an infectious a cappella outro. You can stream “This Ol’ Building” below for a sneak peak at the new record:According to Falco, “I wrote ‘This Ol’ Building’ in the middle of what turned out to be the most polarizing and divisive presidential election of my time. It seems now to be a warning to come together. We must be united and try to understand each other. We must respect each other, listen to each other and help each other. Whether you see it as the country or the planet, ‘This Ol’ Building’ that we all love has a lot of life left in her, but we must live and let live and look out for each other. Then, and only then, it won’t come crumbling down.” The band has also released the full tracklisting for the album:Laws Of Gravity Tracklisting:FreedomGravityA Hard Life Makes A Good SongVertigoMaxwellBlack ElkThis Ol’ BuildingSoul Searching1901: A Canyon OdysseySirensBack HomeLet Me KnowI Run To YouIn conjunction with the new release, the band will hit the road in January for their 40+ date Laws Of Gravity Tour. For more information, or to purchase tickets for any of The Infamous Stringdusters’ upcoming dates–including the Laws Of Gravity Tour and their remaining 2016 performances–head to the band’s website.
The Tourist Board of Požega-Slavonia County has implemented the first of a total of three parts of the cyclotourism development project in Požega-Slavonia County.In the first phase, training for bicycle guides was held by the development agency from Pazin IRTA doo, after which Požega-Slavonia County received a new 23 for bicycle guides. Each of the participants received a certificate from the Croatian Cycling Federation that they can lead groups of cyclists in our county and beyond.The other two parts of the project according to the Operational Plan for Cyclotourism Development of Požega-Slavonia County are in the final phase: Development of a bicycle map of Požega-Slavonia County and “Inclusion of cycling routes and tourist content of Požega-Slavonia County in the project Croatia bike routes” which should be completed until the end of 2018, they point out from the Tourist Board of Požega-Slavonia County.The operational plan for the development of cycling tourism in Požega-Slavonia County, as well as all bike trails and the offer can be viewed hereEven if the whole cycling tourism story were developed in synergy at the level of the entire destination Slavonia, it would be a strategic development. This way we have 5 counties and 5 different tourism products, as well as cycling stories. This, as well as many other trainings, were to be held at the level of the entire region of Slavonia. This is more so in the case of cycling tourism, where the average and recreational cyclist travels 30 kilometers by bicycle and in one day travels from one county to another by bicycle.This is another practical proof of how the whole of Slavonia should be developed and branded through one brand – Slavonia.