Telluride Bluegrass Festival: 7 Best Things We Saw

From Ryan Adams and the Infamous Stringdusters' alt-country journey to Sam Bush's triumphant set

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Best Odd Couple: Ryan Adams and the Infamous Stringdusters ft. Nicki Bluhm
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Dylan Langille7/7

Best Odd Couple: Ryan Adams and the Infamous Stringdusters ft. Nicki Bluhm

This first-time collaboration might seem strange: An indie rock star with a volatile reputation and the darlings of modern bluegrass? But it was a match made in heaven, with the Infamous Strindgusters' precise instrumentation and traditional flair (as well as the soulful voice of Nicki Bluhm) the perfect accompaniment to Ryan Adams' gritty genius and punk-rock vibe. Occasionally alt-country gave way to true country, making Adams classics like "Come Pick Me Up," "Oh My Sweet Carolina" and "Let It Ride" all the more robust. Improvised songs, rare bust-outs and a left-field cover of Dio's "Holy Diver" rounded out the set. Another joint performance is slated for the Newport Folk Festival in July, complete with Adams' hilarious, sometimes strange, stage banter.