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Track By Track: Billy Strings ‘Home’

“Growing up, I played bluegrass first and foremost but, when I was a teenager, I listened to rock-and-roll and all sorts of different stuff. I even played in a metal band for a while,” Billy Strings recounts of the experiences that informed his new album, Home, as well as his dynamic live shows. View the full […]

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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 […]

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Billy Strings Expands the Bounds of Bluegrass

It’s a sweltering afternoon in New Martinsville, West Virginia, the sun and humidity punishing workers who are readying the stage for the opening night of the Back Home Festival, a celebration of Appalachian sounds and community set in a grassy field just off Main Street. A black and silver tour bus idles behind the stage, […]

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Jimmy Herring Talks The 5 of 7, Mining Col. Bruce’s Influence, WSP With Billy Strings & Todd Snider [Interview]

For decades, world-renowned guitarist Jimmy Herring has been the ultimate sideman, a musical chameleon who blends his own unique style with the guitar licks of Jerry Garcia, Dickey Betts, and Michael Houser to forge a storied rock and roll career of his own. Over the last 13 years, Herring’s main focus as been on Widespread Panic, with whom he’s gigged internationally on […]

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Rig Rundown: Billy Strings

Born William Apostol, Billy Strings (a nickname given to him by his aunt because of his fluency on several instruments) sharpened his chops in bluegrass alongside his father in Michigan. But to play music with musicians closer to his age, he started shredding in bands inspired by death metal bands Cryptopsy and Cannibal Corpse. While […]

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Billy Strings, ‘Away From the Mire’ [Exclusive Premiere]

Flat-picking virtuoso and singer-songwriter Billy Strings is premiering his reflective, forlorn new song “Away From the Mire,” off of his forthcoming new album Home, exclusively for readers of The Boot. Press play below to listen! Rooted in the traditional bluegrass style where Strings finds a comfortable home, “Away From the Mire” expands into an adventurous, […]

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10 Best Country and Americana Songs to Hear Now

Bluegrass phenom Billy Strings sounds a desperate alarm with “Taking Water,” an advance track from his September release, Home. The fretwork is top-notch and traditionally minded, but it’s the unexpected quirks — particularly the sound effects during the final verse, which mimic the sound of wartime artillery — that push Strings’ bluegrass into progressive territory. by […]

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Billy Strings Previews New Album ‘Home’ With Gripping Song ‘Taking Water’

It feels like forever since Billy Strings released his adventurous debut album Turmoil & Tinfoil in 2017, blending traditional bluegrass with a punk-rock mindset. On September 27th, he’ll release the follow-up to that LP, Home, his first release with Rounder Records. Ahead of the album, Strings is premiering the song “Taking Water,” a desperate declaration that something — a relationship, […]

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DelFest 2019: 10 Best Things We Saw at Del McCoury’s String Music Jam

In the intense Southern heat on Friday afternoon, the guitar firestorm that is Billy Strings delivered a spellbinding set. The dust swirled out of the audience during the nine-minute melodic chaos that is “Meet Me at the Creek,” which then fell into “Dust in a Baggie.” “Aside from the musical inspiration, what I’ve learned from […]

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Watch Billy Strings Perform “Dust In A Baggie” At The Grand Ole Opry

In March, up-and-coming guitar prodigy Billy Strings made his debut at Nashville, TN’s historic Country music radio program, The Grand Ole Opry. The evening also saw brief performances by Alison Krauss, Old Crow Medicine Show, Brandon Lay, Smithfield, Gary Mule Deer, Jesse McReynolds and more. by SAM BERENSON View the full article

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