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Billy Strings Melds Tradition and Experimentation on ‘Home’
Compounded by generations of unwavering respect to the music and self-imposed rigidity, bluegrass continues to be highly wary of change. The genre often is stagnant to the point of self-parody. Tradition is rich and reverent, but it’s also stifling to creativity and risk.
But there are searchers in the younger generations, whether they be artists like Rhiannon Giddens, Dom Flemons, and Kaia Kater exploring and exposing the musical perspectives of people of color or rock-indebted wunderkinds like Billy Strings seeking deep space on guitar.