Billy Strings unleashes his debut Album

Article Contributed by HearthMusic | Published on Sunday, September 24, 2017

Billy Strings plays hard and he lives hard, picking so fast and intensely that he’s known to break multiple strings per song, and basing the songs he writes on the hard lives he grew up around in the abandoned rural communities of America. His new album, Turmoil & Tinfoil, taps into a deep vein of psychedelia in Americana, referencing everything from the Dead to Sturgill Simpson, but all underlaid by Billy’s undeniable virtuosity and his knowledge of the roots of American music. He’s one of the most beloved young bluegrass guitarists today within the bluegrass community, and his front porch in East Nashville is constantly filled up with Nashville’s best roots musicians just picking up a storm.

The tricky part of making the new album, Turmoil & Tinfoil, was translating Billy Strings’ incendiary live show into the studio. Returning to his home state of Michigan, Billy enlisted acoustic roots wizard Glenn Brown (Greensky Bluegrass) as producer, and centered the music around his new band, featuring Drew Matulich on mandolin with banjo prodigy Billy Failing and much-loved Nashville bassist Brad Tucker. Rich with special guests, Turmoil & Tinfoil shows off Billy’s East Nashville community of picking friends, among them Miss Tess, Molly Tuttle, John Mailander, Shad Cobb and Peter Madcat Ruth. Of special note is a virtuosic duet between Billy and bluegrass guitarist Bryan Sutton on “Salty Sheep” that shows the speed, precision, and creative craftsmanship of bluegrass when it’s done right.

Billy Strings & Whiskey Shivers Tour Dates
Thursday September 14 - Durham, NC - WUNC Back Porch
Friday, September 15th - Asheville, NC - Downtown After Five
Sunday, September 17th - Richmond, VA - The Broadberry
Tuesday, September 19th - Baltimore, MD - The 8x10
Wednesday, September 20th - Washington DC - Black Cat
Thursday September 21st - Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle
Friday, September 22nd - Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade
Saturday, September 23rd - Lenox, MA - Lenox Apple Squeeze
Sunday, September 24th - Boston, MA - Great Scott
Monday, September 25th - Burlington, VT - Higher Ground Showcase Lounge
Wednesday, September 27th - Buffalo, NY - Buffalo Iron Works
Thursday, September 28th - Columbus, OH - Woodlands Tavern
Friday, September 29th - Louisville, KY - Zanzabar
Saturday, September 30th - Gatlinburg, TN - Sugarlands Mountain Fest
Sunday, October 1st - Charleston, SC - The Pour House
Tuesday, October 10th - Detroit, MI - Otus Supply
Wednesday, October 11th - Indianapolis, IN - The HiFi
Thursday, October 12th - Milwaukee, WI - Back Room at colectivo
Friday, October 13th - Chicago, IL - Shubas
Friday, October 14th - Chicago, IL - Shubas
Sunday, October 15th - St. Paul, MN - Turf
Wednesday, October 25th - Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern
Thursday, October 26th - Bend, OR - Volcanic Theatre Pub
Friday, October 27th - Eugene, OR - WOW Hall
Saturday, October 28th - Portland, OR - Revolution Hall
Tuesday, October 31st - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
Wednesday, November 1st - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
Friday, November 3rd - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar
Saturday, November 4th  - Phoenix, AZ - Last Exit Live
Saturday, November 5th - Albuquerque, NM - The Dirty Bourbon