Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, performer and musician Billy Strings is nominated in two categories at the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards: Best Bluegrass Album (Renewal) and Best American Roots Performance (“Love and Regret”). The live awards ceremony will be broadcast Monday, January 31 at 8:00pmET/7:00pm CT on CBS.
Out now via Rounder Records (stream/purchase here), Renewal was produced by Jonathan Wilson and solidifies Strings’ position as a singular artist—one who honors the history of the music that inspires him, while continually pushing it forward. With the record’s sixteen tracks, Strings shares a more personal and honest perspective through his songwriting, while incorporating his wide range of influences with elements of bluegrass, classic rock, metal, psychedelic music and more.
In celebration of the new music, Strings will continue his extensive headline tour through next year including upcoming stops at Port Chester’s The Capitol Theatre (four nights, all sold out), Augusta’s Bell Auditorium (two nights), Knoxville’s Civic Auditorium (two nights, both sold out), Madison’s The Sylvee (three nights, all sold out), Cleveland’s KeyBank State Theatre and Cincinnati’s Andrew J Brady ICON Music Center (two nights, both sold out) among many others. See below for complete itinerary.
Reflecting on the record, Strings shares, “I listen to this album now and it’s emotional. I could sit there and tweak it forever, but there’s a point where it’s like building a house of cards. Yeah, I could add an extra tower on top, but it might collapse. I’ve always doubted myself, and I still do, but this album makes me think, ‘Hey, you’re doing all right, kid. You just need to keep going.’”
n addition to Strings (vocals, guitar, mandolin, piano, synth, guitjo) and Wilson (celesta, percussion, harpsicord), the record features Strings’ band—Billy Failing (banjo, piano, background vocals), Royal Masat (bass, background vocals) and Jarrod Walker (mandolin, guitar, background vocals)—as well as special guest musicians Spencer Cullum (pedal steel), John Mailander (violin) and Grant Millikem (synth).