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RANDY NEWMAN, CANADIAN DEATH METAL, AND MOLLY TUTTLE: AN INTERVIEW WITH BILLY STRINGS
Bluegrass guitarist and songwriter Billy Strings is currently making his way through a busy season of touring. Last week, he and his band, which consists of mandolinist Jarrod Walker, banjo player Billy Failing, and bassist Royal Masat, played a tremendous gig to a packed room at NYC’s Knitting Factory. Featuring a sit-in from Yonder Mountain String Band mandolinist Jacob Jolliff, a Led Zeppelin teaser jam, and more, suffice to say it was a strong night for the bluegrass quartet, among many recent strong nights. As Strings eloquently makes clear in the following interview with The Poke Around, such strength, both musical and otherwise, comes from the values both put into and gotten out of hitting the road hard, and working hard. Amidst the highs and lows of his crazy schedule, he took a bit of time to discuss musical friends, songwriting, and more.
by MILES HURLEY