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Last month bluegrass band The Infamous Stringdusters played an awesome CMJ show at Brooklyn Bowl to kick off their fall tour.  We got a chance to board their (parked) tour bus before the show, and ask them about touring, marketing and promotion, the financial struggles that often come with being an independent band, and a whole lot more.

Recently we’ve been featuring parts of the interview between TuneCore’s Chris Mooney and Andy Falco (guitar) and Travis Book (bass) of The Infamous Stringdusters.

This clip is all about creating and interacting with communities while on the road…

If you don’t have time to watch the clip, here are some of the key tips from the ‘Dusters:

1. Connect with fans outside. Spend a few days in a town where you’re performing and try to get fans to meet up for an outdoor activity.

2. Work with local non-profits, food organizations or local charities to bring awareness to your fans. Let your tour life be an extension of your home life.

3. It’s great for a band to try to pass some of what’s important to them on to their fans, but it’s a delicate balance. You may not want to come off as if you’re preaching your values.

4. Your job is to play music and through that, create an opportunity for people to get together for a shared experience.

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