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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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Why Guitarist Billy Strings Is the Bluegrass Star You Don’t Want to Miss

26-year-old phenom is testing age-old boundaries with head-thrashing live shows. Watching guitarist Billy Strings onstage is akin to observing a hummingbird in its natural state. Strings’ fingers zoom up and down the fretboard of his acoustic in an intricate and calculated frenzy. The scene may appear haphazard at first, but he’s in complete control, determinedly […]

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Billy Strings Bourbon and Beyond Interview

Although Billy is no Rock ‘n Roller or Metalhead, seeing him live might make you think he might have missed his calling.  He is a legit guitarist who displays the style, speed, and bravado of any lead guitarist in a major rock or metal band, but instead, he harnesses that talent and infuses it into […]

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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 […]

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Billy Strings and His Father’s Martin D-93

Preston Thompson Guitars sat down with guitarist, songwriter, and Thompson Guitars endorser Billy Strings in 2017 in Bend, Oregon, while Billy and his band were in town for a show. Billy told the story of his father having to make the decision to sell his prized Martin D-93 guitar in order to pay for his family’s […]

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